Oystermouth Castle Grounds – Free to all during the day, ticketing evening performances
Combining food, music and games, the White Lady Family Summer Festival offers a weekend of entertainment for the whole family. There will be music and performances from popular bands and acts such as Abba’s Angels and The Curious on both Friday and Saturday evenings – plus more to be announced!
On Saturday 28 July, the afternoon will play host to the crazy “It’s a knockout!” competition. Based around the famous television show teams compete head to head on a variety of costume, relay and inflatable games.– so be sure to get your team in training! Sunday also features the newly introduced Tug of War competition as the weekend will be rounded off with a grand finale on Sunday evening from the Festival Orchestra of Wales, featuring a Proms concert with music from some of your favourite films.
Local pubs; The Park, Mumbles Ale House and The Pilot will be running a beer tent, with Cheers Wine Merchants running a Gin Bar. Food stalls will also be available featuring local businesses such as Chai and Gower Ice Cream.
The festival is the brainchild of councillor Rob Marshall who is the Chair of the Events Committee and a Labour Councillor for the Newton Ward.
“The aim of White Lady is to put on something for the locals and also to encourage visitors to come down for the weekend to enjoy a festival atmosphere in the beautiful grounds of the castle. Hopefully this festival will grow and grow so we can extend it, book bigger acts and make it a real pull so that people will come down and stay for the full weekend and boost tourism with local businesses.
My background and day job is as a concert pianist and I have played at festivals in the UK and in Europe. We are not calling this a classical festival or rock festival, more a festival with elements of Classical, Rock, Blues, Pop and Flamenco Jazz – something for everyone
The festival has been named after the resident ghost of Oystermouth Castle – The White Lady, an apparition sometimes described as wailing, crying and suffering from a series of open wounds on her back. Some say she is the ghost of an Oystermouth Castle prisoner who was whipped to death on the Whipping Post that still stands by the dungeon.
“We all love a bit of folklore, it’s what Myth and Legend are based on around the world. Mabinogion, Kalevala, Volsung, and we have our own White Lady – not that I have ever seen her myself but I do know people who claim they have”
The Festival opens on Friday 27th July with two bands in the evening. The ‘Rumblestrutters’ are a brilliant blues band fronted by virtuoso harmonica player Liam Ward. Following on from that tribute band ‘Abbas Angels’ to get everyone up and dancing. On Saturday 28th the day time will be taken up with the ‘Its a Knockout’ tournament followed by evening music from ‘Django Haze’ and indie rock band ‘The Curious’ Sunday will see music from the City of Swansea Concert Band, Dan Stockton, Siwan Howells Thomas and the grand finale the ‘Festival Orchestra of Wales’ giving a prom style concert where you can expect to hear classic film themes from Star Wars, Superman, ET, Pirates of the Caribbean and some well known and popular Classical pieces.
Day activities 12pm – 6pm – Free
Evening performances 7pm – 10.30pm :
Friday and Saturday:
Standard – £10; Concessions – £8 (Under 18 / OAPs / *Students – with valid ID)
Standard – £7, Concessions £5 (Under 18 / OAPs / *Students – with valid ID)
Evening performance tickets can be purchased online at mumbles.gov.uk, in person at Mumbles Community Council Office (9am – 5pm) or in person / over the phone from Swansea Grand Theatre (01792 475715)
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