July 13, 2012 11.35 am This story is over 117 months old

Children’s festival pulls crowds despite rain

Beaming success: The annual Lincoln children’s festival coped well in the weather, with bigger audiences than before.

Hundreds of shoppers and schools made it out to enjoy beam! Festival, despite the wet weather.

From on June 30 alone, a procession with 140 musicians, dancers, drummers, singers and the Cool Milk cow performed through the streets, starting at Lincoln
Drill Hall to City Square and Waterside Shopping Centre.

Even a number of international artists performed around the city centre, enticing shoppers to stop and watch.

See our gallery from beam! Festival

Of course, due to wet weather proceedings had to pause, including two days being cut short.

However, through the week school children performed in the Waterside, St Swithin’s and the Drill Hall, while other acts braved going outside between showers.

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “It is a particularly busy year for us, with The Olympic Torch Relay having visited the city and our successful Festival of Light on the Brayford Waterfront, but we are committed to established events, such as the annual beam! Children’s Festival.

“Once again, we were delighted to see so many happy faces around the city over the week.

“The organisers were particularly pleased to see so many families attend the creative workshops at the LPAC on the Sunday and Thursday, many for the first time. Dance, crafts, film and storytelling was enjoyed by young and the not so old!

“The Schools Programme attracted schools countywide, providing a unique platform for Lincolnshire’s young talent.

“Many of these schools have performed at the festival for eight years now and look forward to this at the end of the school year.”

Cool Milk, sponsors of the event, Marketing Executive Danielle Tan added: “This is our first year of working with Lincoln BIG and the beam! Festival and we’ve really enjoyed sponsoring the event.

“We already supply many of the schools which have taken part, with free school milk, and we are pleased that many more young people have been able to enjoy the health and nutritional benefits of drinking milk during the festival.”

Plans are already underway for the beam! Festival 2013.

Source: Lincoln BIG | Photo: Joshua Potter for The Lincolnite