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Great Malvern Water Festival to be launched

A brand new festival, which celebrates the role water played in shooting Malvern to worldwide fame, is being launched.

The Great Malvern Water Festival takes place over the weekend of 29 April and 2 May and is a joint project between Malvern Hills District Council, Malvern Town Council, Freedom Leisure and The Malvern Spa Association.

The event starts on Friday with the dressing of the town’s wells which this year has a theme of friendship/L'amitié. Up to 40 wells will be decorated in celebration of Malvern’s unique water heritage and to raise awareness of their existence and support conservation efforts.

Then on the Saturday, between 12noon and 4pm, there will be a health and wellbeing fair held in Rose Bank Gardens. There will be a range of activities for people to try, demonstrations and experts will be on hand to offer advice on nutrition and all aspects of keeping healthy. A tour of the town’s wells will also be on offer and the regular arts and crafts market will take place on Abbey Road between 10am and 5pm.

On the Sunday the outdoor cinema season begins with a screening of Singin’ in the Rain, which has been called one of the greatest musicals of all time. Before the film starts there will be a concert by the Worcestershire Film Concert Orchestra playing popular tunes from the film and other classic movies. Gates open at 6.30pm and tickets are available from the Malvern Theatres Box Office.

A day of watery fun and frolics is planned for Bank Holiday Monday (2 May) in Priory Park from 11am to 5pm featuring a giant water slide, themed stalls and games on offer for the whole family to enjoy. Freedom Leisure, which runs the district’s leisure centres, and local sports clubs will also be attending offering a range of new activities for people to try out.

There will also be the chance to taste water from spa towns across the UK, including Malvern’s very own Holywell Malvern Spring Water.

The Well Dressing prize giving ceremony will also take place and there will be a re-enactment of the water cure treatment, believed to treat a range of conditions and championed by people including Florence Nightingale and Lord Tennyson.

Cllr Phil Grove, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Water has played such a huge part in Malvern’s history that it’s only right it finally gets its own festival. This will not only be four days of fun but an opportunity to celebrate an important part of the town’s history and heritage.”

More information about the festival will be available from www.visitthemalverns.org shortly.