Get ready for a week of fun

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Winster Wakes is offering a whole week of celebrations from Sunday, June 26.

The week begins with the crowning of the Queen outside the ancient Market House, followed by a Wakes Service and a brass band concert and teas. Then at 6 pm there is a treasure hunt around the village, starting and finishing at the Miners’ Standard pub.

The week will also feature a pet show, an art exhibition, a jazz evening and much more, culminating in a carnival on Winster Main Street on Wakes Day itself.

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Monday begins with a Pet Show at 6.30, followed at 7.30 by a Whist Drive, while at 8 pm there is a Storytelling Evening, again at the Miners’ Standard.

All week there is an Art Exhibition in the church, and on Tuesday from 6 to 8 there is a special Open Evening with refreshments and jazz by the Steve Salfield Duo. At 6.30 there is a six-a-side Football Tournament on the all-weather pitch, and at 9.15 a Pub Quiz in the Bowling Green.

Wednesday starts at 2 pm with Cream Teas at Winster School and entertainment by the children. There is Fun Rounders at 6 pm on the Playing Field, and at 8 pm in the Burton Institute a showing of the quirky comedy ‘Skeletons’, which was filmed partly in Matlock and Bonsall.

Thursday is the evening of the Wakes Hill Race, starting 7.30 at the Market House, followed by a Barbecue and Pub Music Quiz at the Bowling Green.

At 5 pm on Friday there is a Duck Hunt for younger children starting outside the Bowling Green, followed at 8 pm by ‘Winster Night’ in the marquee, where villagers let their hair down in their annual talent show.

Saturday is Wakes Day, with a Carnival on Winster Main Street from 1.30 till 5, featuring fancy dress, stalls, rides, games, buskers, a bouncy castle, children’s entertainer, hog roast, barbecue, café, beer at the Market House, pimms, balloon modelling, dance displays, tug-o-war, morris dancing and a brass band.

From 6.30 at the marquee there is children’s entertainment, including football, an inflatable slide, karaoke and a disco. Finally there is dancing into the night to the band The Fossils.