Harborough by the Sea starts tomorrow (Friday)

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All the plans are in place for the biggest Harborough by the Sea event yet – now all that remains is for mother nature to do her part.

The huge sandpits will be returning to The Square in town from tomorrow (Friday) until next Wednesday, August 5, the longest tenure for the event since it was first introduced in 2005.

And this year’s festivities will also see an expansion of activities into nearby Welland Park, with plenty of attractions, demonstrations and stalls set up there.

Main organiser Harborough District Council, which is running the event with support from town businesses and community groups, is hoping the foul weather seen earlier this week will have cleared by tomorrow.

But the event will be going ahead regardless of the conditions – ploughing ahead stoically in typical British seaside fashion!

Each of the days this year will have a theme such as ‘Great British Seaside’ or ‘Chill Out Day’. See the website www.harborough.gov.uk/harboroughbythesea for more details about the themes.

Tomorrow night will also see a launch evening from 5pm to 8pm featuring a hog roast and live folk music from Phil Riley, John Maher, Richard Leach, Simon Day, Old Grey Dogs and Harry Patch.

Town independent trader Duncan Murray Wines will also be holding wine-tasting sessions with tickets costing £5 from the shop, in Adam and Eve Street.