Whittlesey Festival

Whittlesey Festival due to be held on September 12th 2021, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus

Now in its 12th year, the Festival regularly attracts over 5,000 visitors from far and wide.

The festival starts at 10am with a spectacular parade. This will be followed by an exciting programme of music, entertainment and activities for all age groups. Attractions already confirmed already include:

  • Over 100 classic vehicles
  • Marching bands
  • Schools art exhibition
  • Craft fair
  • Children's rides - many of which are free or heavily subsidised

Free Festival programmes will be available in advance from shops and public places. This will provide you with all the information you need to plan your day, along with details of the ample places to eat. 


If you'd like to book a stall, please follow the guidance on our events page.

If you've already booked, you will receive full instructions 10 days in advance. It will also explain which road you should arrive on. If you don't hear from us by this time please email marketsandevents@fenland.gov.uk. 

Plan your journey

If you're travelling by car, parking is available on Parkinson Lane, Queen Street and Eastgate. There will be no access to the town centre as roads will be closed. Diversion routes will be in place.

The event is within walking distance to Whittlesea train station. This has connections to Peterborough and Cambridge.

Whittlesey bus station is also within walking distance. Bus timetables are available on the Cambridgeshire County Council website. 

Many people choose to walk or cycle to the event. Please note that once you arrive, cycling is not allowed in the event area. 

Road closures

For public safety, some roads will be closed to vehicles between 5am and 7pm.

No parking is permitted during this time on:

  • Broad Street
  • Market Place
  • Market Street
  • Queen Street
  • Eastgate
  • The Causeway
  • Station Road (between Scaldgate - Market Street Junction)
  • The car park to the rear of the George

Vehicles found to be parked will be removed.

Who makes it happen

We organise and deliver this event together with the Whittlesey Festival Committee.

The Whittlesey Festival Committee are a dedicated group of volunteers. They meet regularly to plan, organise and deliver a programme of events and activities. They also raise funds to provide free or heavily subsidised children's rides and publicise the event. 

We thank the organisations that support the Festival. This includes Whittlesey Town Council, Whittlesey Christian Church, local businesses and residents. 

If you enjoy the event and would like to contribute in some way, e.g by volunteering or sponsorship, please contact the Festival Chairman, Brian Smithyman on 07976 957793 or 01733 752093.

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