Free family festival coming to Middlesbrough will see giant puppets parade through the town

Free family festival coming to Middlesbrough will see giant puppets parade through the town

Giant puppets will parade through Middlesbrough during a family free festival next month.

A programme of arts-led events is heading to Middlesbrough to celebrate Hi! Street Fest – a family-friendly festival taking place alongside Orange Pip Market on Saturday, July 29. The star of the show is a giant scooter-riding puppet named Farrah the Fox – and she’s taller than a double decker bus.

Farrah will begin the parade at Exchange Square in the Historic Quarter, continue along Albert Road and end in Centre Square for Orange Pip celebrations. Local community groups will also take part in the parade and the festival forms part of Historic England’s national cultural heritage project to explore and celebrate high streets, as well as the people who love and look after them.

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Councillor Theo Furness, Middlesbrough Council ’s executive member for regeneration, said: “The high street is constantly changing – it always has – and it’s important that we keep up with the pace of that change. It’s really good to see so much happening down at the historic area around the train station.

“To have a real quality venue like Christie’s Brasserie at The Zetland now being joined by the likes of Bloom, Stack and The Muddler can give us grounds for optimism that people are buying into the idea. It’s well worth anyone giving that area a visit and the Hi! Street Fest at the end of July is definitely a really good excuse to get into town and enjoy everything that’s going on during the day.”

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Local groups taking part in the parade include representatives from the Taste of Africa, the Dorman Museum’s Thrifty Fingers group and the Newport Community Hub. Each group has worked with a community producer to create their own puppets which celebrate significant female figures from Middlesbrough’s past.

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  • June 25, 2023