Wellingborough’s Fresh Fest
Fresh Fest was a fantastic, free festival designed and created by 13 – 18 year olds in Wellingborough as part of our Youth Arts & Skills project, that took place on Saturday 21st October 2023 at the Victoria Centre in Wellingborough.
It was a chance for young people aged 11-18 years to explore what’s on in Wellingborough and let us know what else you’d like to see right here.
The Youth, Arts and Skills Forum is supported by the Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and was set up in collaboration with Made With Many and Support Northamptonshire.
What’s on at Fresh Fest?
Featuring a day of free creative workshops and a chance to chat to local organisations offering you a hands-on taste of their activities, spanning the realms of arts, music, sports, dance, and community engagement.
There’ll be free food available to satisfy your taste buds, and as a bonus, on the day you can enter a free prize draw! No need to book ahead – simply swing by on the day and explore what Wellingborough has in store for young people! There’s even FREE WiFi!
If you’re aged 11 – 18, drop into Fresh Fest at The Victoria Centre on Saturday 21st October between 11am to 4pm to have a go at creative activities, find new groups to join or places to go, or have your say about what else is needed for young people on a 12ft graffiti wall with artist Kilo from Splash and Dash Creations.
As well as all the free activities and WiFi throughout the day, young people can enjoy free pizza at 12.30pm, a free prize draw at 2pm and a free pumpkin decorating competition at 3pm. You could win Costa vouchers, games at Lazer Tag in Wellingborough or film tickets at the Castle Theatre!
You can relax in the Wellbeing Tent and chat to NGAGE with Aquarius, Off The Streets NN and Service Six, who support young people to live healthier & happier lives. Or take a seat on the Soul Sofa, make a bracelet and reflect on the things that are important to you with the Baháʼí Community of Wellingborough. The Wellingborough Interfaith Group will also be around, to hear what you think they could be doing for young people.
You can try your hand at making a music track with The Compound, or have a go at freewriting with MMAP Workshops, singing and dancing with Kilburn School of Dance, or tai chi with Dexterity Dance.
Meet environmental group the Welly Wombles and the Unite Community Northants, who campaign about the things that matter to you and your family. Or find out about opportunities to have a voice within Greatwell Homes as well as free training that can be added to your C.V.
Learn what Wellingborough Town Council have going on in the town for Halloween and the Christmas Lights Switch On this year, and find out about opportunities at Wellingborough Library, including their Manga drawing club.
Chat to the Army Cadets and Air Cadets about their social and adventure opportunities, and speak to
Wellingborough Town Football Club, who are eager to get your input on designs for their kit and a possible mural project at the ground.
You can also meet and chat to Northamptonshire Sport and All Saints and All Hallows Church’s Choirs to find out what they have on offer for young people in Wellingborough.
Youth Projects Co-ordinator, Becky Carrier from Made With Many, who helped the Youth Arts and Skills Forum to create Fresh Fest commented, “Whether you are looking for some rest and relaxation, opportunities to get creative, places you can make new friends or find a new challenge, join us on Saturday to find out what’s happening in Wellingborough and enjoy the festival atmosphere!”
- 3 x £5 Costa vouchers
- 2 x 3 free games of Laser Tag at Laser Maze Welllingborough
- 1 x 2 tickets* to a film at Castle Theatre
*The winner will be entitled to 2 free tickets to any film at Castle Theatre before 31 October 2024. This offer is subject to
availability and cannot be applied retrospectively.