Cov’s Biggest Fest: the Countdown You Cannot Miss is Announced

The very first update has just been released for the festival celebrating the 40th anniversary next year – Earlsdon Fest, which usually attracts around 10,000 people because of its’ ‘family friendly’ vibe.

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Simon Shaw, who has been involved with the festival since 2012 and is coordinating this year fringe events, said:

“We are very excited about our 40th anniversary – our motto is ‘by the community, for the community’. This will guide all that we do in 2018”.

As it’s Cov’s biggest on-street market and it’s such an important anniversary, festival organizers decided to start the application process early.

They released the very first update on the Social Media, saying:

“If you wish to showcase your wares or promote the community or charity work that you do, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the application process will open on Friday 15th of December and close on Friday 26th of January” (@earlsdonfest).

The stalls’ application will be done via an e-form and the links will be posted on the social media channels prior the opening date (follow @earlsdonfest on Twitter to get the latest updates).

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It is very first and important update because the application process is always over-subscribed.

“By launching the process in December we are giving interested parties ample time to get their applications in”, explained Simon.

Once the applications are closed, the organizers will go through all the applicants and they will inform those who have been successful on around 9th of February.

“We particularly welcome applications from Coventry’s creative community. No hot food or alcohol can be sold from stalls. Sellers of cold food (cakes, savouries, jams etc.) are very welcome to apply but we will need to see copies of relevant food hygiene certificates”, added Simon.

The festival itself will take place on the May Bank Holiday Monday – 7th of May.

It is a festival tradition to take place on Bank Holiday Mondays as most of the previous festivals have also taken place on the Bank Holiday in May.

The first Earlsdon Festival took place in 1978. It celebrated 125 years since Earlsdon was created as a purpose-built village for watchmakers just outside Coventry.

The heart of the festival then was the Earlsdon Street.

The tradition has not changed – the festival this year still takes place on the Earlsdon Street, which will be closed to the traffic and filled with market stalls that sell all kinds of everything or promote charities and community groups.

When the first festival took place, it was “retro” as it’s happened back in 1970’s. This is why 2018’s festival “will embrace a 1970s retro theme” as well, hopes Simon.

There will be loads of activities going on: ‘Spoken Word’ poetry evening, Irish Night, ukulele gathering, Antiques Valuation Day, music gigs, Spencer Park activity day including tennis and crown green bowls, quiz nights and a cake competition with a 1970’s flavour.

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If there are people, who would like to volunteer during the event, festival organizers says:

“We would love to hear from you!”.

“We always need volunteer stewards on festival day to staff the road closure barriers. These volunteers are crucial to the festival, as it cannot take place without them. Duties include greeting festivalgoers and answering simple questions from them.

All stewards have 2-way radios linked to our control desk which is staffed by qualified event management personnel so help is always on hand. So, if you can spare 2 to 3 hours minimum feel free to contact us”, encouraged Simon.


Please follow the festival Social Media pages (@earlsdonfest) to get the link to the stalls application process. Also, to get the latest updates.

Alternatively, contact the festival team directly on:


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