A feast of FREE activities are taking place as part of an annual Festival.

The award winning one-day Ginger & Spice Festival will be taking place on Saturday 25 September in Market Drayton.

Families are invited to meander through the streets of Market Drayton to enjoy a free of charge self-guided heritage trail & contest featuring Humphrey the camel – which is the mascot for headline sponsors – the Leek United Building Society. The trail includes visiting buildings and places of historical significance (church, museum, etc) with a fun and educational heritage quiz for the little ones. At each participating premises, or trail stops, children must collect the names of Humphrey’s gingerbread friends they meet along the way, and adults must answer a heritage question in order to qualify for the entering the free prize draw.

Also is a contest in the town’s shop windows where families pick the ‘best dressed Gingerbread person’ decorated by the local businesses and community to a theme set by the festival organisers.

The family focused trail will take participants on a culinary journey of discovery around the town of Market Drayton, and will include interesting food and drink related facts as well as historical information about the food/drink heritage of the town. Under strict Covid regulations, there will also be opportunities for sampling and tasting in the local shops, cafes and pubs who are also taking part in the trail.

For each child who completes the trail, they will receive a Leek United Building Society branded sticker and mini gingerbread biscuit and will also qualify to enter the free prize draw.  The children’s prize is a hamper brimming with gingerbread.

There will also be a prize draw for adults. To be in with a chance of winning, adult participants must complete all the heritage questions on the trail guide leaflets and submit their completed forms no later than Thursday 30th September at the Leek United Building Society on High Street, Market Drayton.

The prize for the winning adult will be beautiful wicker hamper full of local artisan goodies including items from the stall holders who are exhibiting on the day.

Terms and conditions apply to the competition which are listed on the website.

Ian Blurton Head of Branch Network said: “It’s a privilege once again, to be supporting the Ginger & Spice Heritage Trail, welcoming people from far and wide to explore Market Drayton. Giving the challenges of recent times, I hope that the event will be as successful as in previous years.”

The Leek United Building Society will also have a presence on the day at the festival within The Artisan Street Market located in the centre of town.

Festival Organiser Julia Roberts said:We are delighted that the Leek United Building Society are partnering with us again as headline sponsor of our popular heritage town trail. The festival aims to reconnect the local community to their culinary heritage via series of exciting and novel activities. The Leek United Heritage Town Trail forms an essential part in this sharing of heritage & we are extremely grateful for their support and very much hope that we can continue to grow the trail participation together.’’

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