Get in to Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2014 for free!

Shrewsbury Folk Festival is reminding people that they can get into this year’s event for free if they volunteer as a steward.

Applications have been opened for volunteers for the 2014 event, which will see Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman, The Dhol Foundation, and Lau, headline the four day at the West Mid Showground from August 22 to 25.

Stewards work 14 hours during the weekend in return for a free weekend ticket, free camping and reduced price tickets for their children. A variety of roles are available including working in the box office to stage managing, litter picking, merchandising or door control.

Volunteers need to be over 18 and can also apply to be part of the set up and take down team responsible for preparing the showground and clearing away afterwards. That role involves 28 hours but requires no work during the festival weekend.

Festival Director Sandra Surtees said: “Our stewards are an important part of our team, without whom the festival wouldn’t happen.

“You need to be physically fit and friendly and it’s a great way to be part of the festival for free. It's an opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and see the event
from a completely different angle.

“We have a large number of regular stewards who come back year after year but we are always open to new applications, although we may have to turn some people away if we are inundated.”

Application forms are available to download at www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk (search volunteer stewards) and must be submitted by April 31st.

Three teenagers from the West Midlands will be among the stewarding team for the first time this year.

Lizzy Wilson from Wolverhampton, and Caitlin and Molly Reilly-Scard, who live in Birmingham, started coming to the festival when it was in Bridgnorth. They all turn 18 before this year’s event.

Lizzy said: “Our parents have been bringing us to the festival since the age of two and we have been waiting for the day we can steward ever since! It will be a great way to get involved in something we really love and get some work experience at the same time.”

Shrewsbury residents can also get free weekend tickets by opening up their homes to the festival’s dancers and musicians.

Anyone with a spare bedroom or bedrooms can get involved as long as they are within the easy access to the showground. Anyone interested in hosting artists should contact the festival office on 01743 892800 or [email protected].

This year’s earlybird offer lasts until March 31, with adult weekend tickets costing £120 until then. Day tickets start at £32.50 for adults.

Children under four go free and family tickets are available. Onsite camping is available to all weekend ticket holders with prices held to the same as this year at £20 per adult.

For a full line up or to book tickets visit www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk.

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