Village fete fun comes to Caister as hunt for village queen and royal family is launched

Youngsters from Dragons Stager and Theatre School will be taking part in the fete. Picture; Dragons

Youngsters from Dragons Stager and Theatre School will be taking part in the fete. Picture; Dragons Stage and Theatre School - Credit: Archant

Plans are under way to bring a carnival-style fete back to a coastal village with a hunt to find royal representatives to take part.

The Caister Village Experience takes place on June 25 and will have all the elements of a classic celebration.

It revives an event that has been missing from the community calendar since it was cancelled several years ago.

Visitors to the King George V Playing Field in Allendale Road can expect much-loved sideshows, entertainment and activities at the free event between 11am and 3pm.

It is the brainchild of the Caister's Women's Institute to help boost the funds of the playing field – and has been helped by a £2,000 grant from the Great Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area.

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In the main arena performances are planned from Dragons Stage and Theatre School, Phoenix Karate, Caister School of Dance and The Centre Stage Company.

There will be stalls, traditional games such as a coconut shy and hook-a-duck, poultry, pet and dog shows; and competitions to design a seed tray miniature garden and decorate a cupcake.

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The hunt is now on to find a princess, prince, attendants and queen for the event.

A selection evening is taking place at Caister Town Hall on Saturday, May 20, from 7pm, organised and sponsored by Nigel Alexander, the director of Dragons Stage and Theatre School.

It is open to children in three age groups, aged from five to 18, and will have a Night at the Musicals theme.

A selection of songs from the shows will be performed during the evening by members of the stage school.

The audience will be given a voting form along with two judges, who will count the results.

During the fete the royals will reside in a palace gazebo by the entertainment arena and will accompany the judges to various competitions to present rosettes.

For entry forms to the selection process email

Ruth Bond-Holland, playing field event manager, said: 'The original carnival was cancelled a few years ago so we really wanted to resurrect a traditional event that would unite all ages. We loved the idea that it could be quirky and nostalgic and have all the elements of real village life.'

We have great community spirit and this is the perfect chance to show that off while increasing the profile of the village.

'We are very grateful to the BID for its support.'

BID chairman Gareth Brown said: 'This event will be a great experience for holidaymakers. They want to enjoy the surroundings at their accommodation, but also explore the area around us, so having great events going on is critical.

'Although Great Yarmouth is the BID's main focus, we try to represent all other areas of the borough. This includes Caister where there are active members who have come up with this fantastic idea.'

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