A Day at The Lake
Wild Rumpus, producers of the award-winning ‘Just So Festival’ are proud to announce:
‘A Day At The Lake’
This event is expected to welcome an audience of 15,000 over 3 days to watch some of the most spellbinding outdoor arts and performance in the UK today.
A series of spectaculars on the lake, will include a recreation of Carlos Trower, “The African Blondin’s” daring tightrope walk by Chris Bull, high-wire walker otherwise known as ‘Bullzini’ of the Bullzini Family.
Accompanying events on the shore will include outdoor theatre, literary events, storytelling, orchestras and dance from regional, national and international artists, authors and performers.
Audiences can enjoy a reimagined day at the lake on rowing boats, walks and steam trains while enjoying world class outdoor arts.
Rudyard Lake is a Staffordshire beauty spot with an amazing past as one of the early examples of mass tourism in the UK. Up to 20,000 people a day would visit to watch cutting edge spectacles and incredible feats including Captain Webb who hosted a “Grand Aquatic Fete” in 1877 to demonstrate his prowess in being the first person to swim the channel and Carlos Trower, “The African Blondin” a celebrated tightrope walker who walked across the lake a hundred feet above the water in 1864 and 1878, drawing huge crowds 30 years after the abolition of slavery in the UK.
Visitors to the lake included John Lockwood Kipling and Alice Macdonald, who named their son Rudyard Kipling after the beauty spot where they first met.
‘A Day At The Lake’ will be the first event of this scale at Rudyard Lake for over 100 years and marks the first Staffordshire Day on 1 May 2016 – a day of celebration of the heritage of Staffordshire to mark 1000 years since the county was established.