Beverley Georgian Festival engaged with the local community by highlighting the wonderful heritage of 18th century Beverley, particularly in architecture, but also by offering Georgian-themed entertainment across music, dance, games, food, literature and drama. Events included a re-enactment parade, a Georgian Time-line exhibition, a Heritage ‘Open Buildings’ day, Georgian mask making, face painting and coin making, 18th century trails around the Beverley Minster and St Mary’s church, theatre performances and music recitals, Town Walks, Chocolatier demonstrations, a Georgian costumed banquet, historical lectures and the publication of a book about Beverley’s Saturday Market.
Funding from the National Lottery enabled the organisation and production of the vast programme of events held as part of the festival.
Beverley Georgian Festival attracted great interest and participation from the local community. The Accession re-enactment had an audience of well over a thousand people, and over 5,000 individual visits were made to the events that day. The project also encouraged locals to get involved in the festival’s production, with a hundred local volunteers recruited and trained to provide stewarding for the large number of private dwellings and public buildings used. The festival was hugely popular and helped to raise awareness of Beverley’s rich history.