Test Valley Borough Council will bring a big dose of creative fun to Andover this summer as it transforms the High Street into a festival each Friday in August. The Four Fun Fridays project will see a vibrant programme of street entertainment, live music, creative workshops and competitions for all the family to enjoy.
The events took their inspiration from the Encounters shop project where more than 1,000 people shared their ideas and aspirations for the town.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Carr, said: “Local people told us that they wanted the town centre to be a vibrant place, with something for everyone and a sense of a caring community. The Four Fun Fridays project will help to create a buzz in the town and encourage people to stay for longer. The feedback from the Encounters shop project also recommended that we offer more events that promote diversity in the town centre to make a more vibrant High Street. We regularly hold Farmers’ and Craft markets in Andover but the Four Fun Fridays project is a new way of introducing a wider variety of events to the town.”
Shoppers and visitors will be able to get involved in many different activities including street theatre and outdoor performances, 2D chalk painting, boxing clown shows, art installations and even the world’s first and only shopping trolley dance and display team. The Council will launch the new Heritage Trail Tour and visitors will even be able to look through the lens of a special camera to get a view of the town from a different perspective.
The project has been funded by developer contributions from the Andover Business Park. Any local businesses interested in getting involved should contact Heather Whittam at The Lights on 01264 368814.
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