Old Town Summer Festival

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Date(s) - 29/06/2022 - 07/07/2022
All Day

Bridlington Priory Church


PLEASE NOTE: The dates above refer to last year’s Old Town Summer Festival which took place as part of the Priory 900 celebrations in 2013. The 2014 Summer Festival takes place on Sunday 29th June.

This successful celebratory festival takes place annually on Bridlington Old Town’s High Street, Market Place and Church Green and guarantees fun for all the family. Please read the following information about what to look forward to during this year’s festival, or scroll down for more information about the special events which took place last year as part of the Priory 900 celebrations in 2013.


Simply The Best Festival Day On The Yorkshire Coast! • 50 Morris Dancers • Acoustic Festival - David Swann and Guests • ‘What the Dickens’ Theatre Company • Sarah Muir Celebrity Chef Cookery Theatre • Baylegate Museum • Fun Dog Show • Food and Craft Stalls • Traditional Fairground Rides • Town Crier • And More!


Come along to Bridlington’s Old Town Festival for a day of music, theatre, food, fun and culture!

Bridlington’s prizewinning Town Crier, David Hinde, will be on hand throughout the day to keep you abreast of what’s happening and what not to miss. Take in the many events and activities scheduled for the day, and enjoy a stroll through this picturesque quarter of Old Town, Bridlington, where many artists have taken up residence, with several galleries and studios that will appeal to your creative side.

Bridlington’s Old Town is a charming pocket of Yorkshire, full of fascinating architecture and cultural history, as well as Georgian shops, Tea Room, antique shops and stylish galleries. The area also boasts the historic 900 year old Priory Church and Bayle Museum.

Old Town Summer Festival 2013 - Priory 900

PLEASE NOTE: the following information is about a past event and refers to the Old Town Summer Festival which took place from 29th June - 7th July 2013 as part of the Priory 900 celebrations.

Last year, Bridlington’s Old Town Summer Festival took on a Priory 900 flavour! Here are some of the special events which took place as part of the festival programme:

Secret Gardens (Sat 29th and Sun 30th June 2013)
Visitors to Bridlington Old Town’s ‘secret gardens’ were able to satisfy their curiosity and enjoy the unique experience of visiting the fascinating gardens that lie hidden behind its historic facades. There were also artists at work in the gardens, a summer fete with plant swap, a secret smallholding, an allotment and many other surprises, with a chance to win a prize by collecting clues in each garden!

Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Gondoliers’ (Tues 2nd July 2013)
Free Admission or £3 to sing

A ‘scratch’ performance of this classic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan. All the solo parts were played by experts – in costume! Audience members were cordially invited to join the chorus, or simply to enjoy the spirited performance. This event was supported by Bridlington Choral Society and Barclays Bank in aid of the Hinge Centre and the Kingfisher Trust.

Flower Festival (Thurs 4th – Sun 7th July 2013)
‘Praise the Lord’. This was a very special treat for all visitors to the Priory Church - superb flower arrangements on the theme of praise and celebration, each drawing on a word or phrase from the Psalms. The arrangers were from all over East and North Yorkshire. Organised by Mrs Judi Triffitt on behalf of the Priory Church, the Flower Festival was a very special way to mark over 900 years of Christian worship and witness in Bridlington. All proceeds went to the Priory, and tea, coffee and cream scones were available.

Festival Feast (Fri 5th July 2013)
“A really good night out!” The Festival Feast was a joint celebration for the Old Town Association and Priory 900 - an evening of great food and drink, live music, dancing and fun, all with a historical flavour. Guests were served at their table set with linen, candles and flowers. Rock and blues band The Rumble had everybody dancing, along with a raffle and other surprises.

EYMS Brass Band (Sat 6th July 2013)
An annual favourite – the summer concert by this superb, prizewinning band, whose growing reputation for entertainment has resulted in a series of sell-out concerts. A rousing march was followed by melodies from stage, charts and the classics, while the second half saw a change of style for the EYMS big band experience, with some iconic numbers. Concert-goers also heard several of the band’s classy soloists.

Based in Hull, the band is conducted by musical director Alan Morrison, the former cornet great with both Grimethorpe and Brighouse & Rastrick bands. For further details please visit the EMYS Brass Band website.

Old Town Day (Sun 7th July 2013)
Please see this page for information about the Old Town Day, including the Old Town Show, Food and Craft Fair, and Town Criers Competition.