Why ‘shell’ out? Woburn Festival is free

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THE annual Oyster Festival that used to prove such a big fixture on the annual Woburn Village calendar is no more.

But, before you get teary eyed, we should mention the replacement arrives this weekend, cunningly titled the New Woburn Village Festival.

This new cut-out from an old pattern of fun, will still house all the best bits, but it’ll be an even more family friendly bash than previously.

Unfortunately for Olive oyster and her poor wee pals, the shellfish will still feature on the menu, but there are plenty more tastier ways to enjoy yourselves.

Kids will love Punch and Judy, fairground attractions and face painting, and parents can use the fun to barter for that look around the flea market.

Who knows what antique or oddity might wink at you from the table!

There will be a strong Olympic feel to the festivities, and a special Tug-o-War six-a-side knockout will feature the Ladies National Team.

‘Pull the other one’, you might say, but we kid you not!

Milton Keynes Society of Artists have teamed up with the Woburn Committee for the festival, and will use the occasion to show their main exhibition of 2012.

The show is always a varied delight of visual sensations.

Looking for a gift?

You’ll find one here.

The historic church will open its doors to the art spectacular, and if you feel a bit peckish, the church will be serving those most English (and scrummy) of temptations, cream teas. Mmm.

Visit wonderful Woburn this Saturday or Sunday, between 10am and 6pm.

MKSA member Lisa Campbell is responsible for this Venetian view – see more at the remodelled festival this weekend.