Festival sees return of family area

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This year’s LeeStock Music Festival will see the return of the popular family area after being sponsored by Sudbury opticians Drage and Tozer.

The festival is held in memory of Lee Dunford, and to date has raised over £50,000 for the Willow Foundation, a national charity.

Drage and Tozer, which has been based in the town for 20 years, has agreed to supply the marquees for the family area.

Owner Helen Drage said: “The festival is a great event for the town and the Willow Foundation does such good work, so we were pleased to sponsor the family area.”

The area will feature chalk tables, glitter tattoos, water play tables, space hoppers, face painting and an hourly story and music time. It will run from noon to 6pm on both days of the festival.

Another returning feature is the popular ale festival, which this year has expanded and will include beers from seven local breweries, including Nethergate and Mauldons.

Nethergate will again brew the LeeStock Ale, which has previously been a sell out.

Andy Piper, from the White Horse in Sudbury, who is also one of the festival organisers, said: “Real ale is becoming more popular every year and it’s great to be able to put on a beer and cider festival in such a beautiful setting.

“We get great support from local breweries and it’s exciting that we will be featuring beers and ciders from at least seven local breweries – a real eclectic mix.”

The two-day festival will be held at Melford Hall on May 23 and 24, with Scouting For Girls confirmed as the headline act.

Tickets are still available from the White Horse and Stag and Doe jewellers in Sudbury as well as online and are priced from £12.