Take a bite of the new Strawberry Fair

Live music, burlesque dancers and a film festival are all confirmed for the resurrected new-look Strawberry Fair on Saturday.

The one-day free festival is back on Midsummer Common, Cambridge with a scrubbed-up image after police forced its cancellation last year over alcohol and drug abuse concerns.

For the first time in the fair’s 37-year history there will be manned entrances on the perimeter and gate staff with search powers will turn away anyone who is unfit to come in.

Justin Argent, chairman of the one-day free festival, said: “We have reinvented the fair and completely redrawn the site plan so that this year’s event will look and feel very different.

“For all the music heads we are keeping some of my personal favourites like the Green Area and the Wigwam, but we are also opening the fair up even more to the artistic and creative community of Cambridge. There are some lavish out-there ideas and something for all ages and interests.”

A new focus on family friendly events includes a Village Green with a range of displays that aim to bring to life community celebrations from a by-gone age, as well as battle re-enactments, a fancy dress pageant and a community caf�.

A Steam Punk Town music area is a new addition for the festival, while Colonel Maybey’s Mechanical Menagerie offers a variety of performances from local bands and acts.

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The Wild Strawberry Cabaret is also new for this year’s event which will feature can-can dancers, saucy comedy and burlesque. Recommended for over 18s this section may not be suitable for those of a gentler disposition, organisers said.

More information, including a full line-up and stage list, is available from www.strawberry-fair.org.uk