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Godiva Festival 2011

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The Godiva Festival, Coventry's annual free summer festival took place this weekend. Here are some photos from the parade through the city centre and the festival site at the War Memorial Park.


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Bear with hat

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Emma recently started knitting. The first thing she made was a scarf. The second project was a tiny berry-patterned hat (the green at the top of the hat represents leaves). The hat is being modelled by the toy bear we won from the lucky dip at the Coventry Beekeepers Association stand at this year's Godiva Festival. The bear is sitting on the scarf.

Bear with hat

Godiva Festival 2010

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Some photos from this years festival - mainly the parade through Coventry City Centre.


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Godiva Festival Parade

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We watched the Godiva Parade as it passed the Council House in the City Centre.


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Start of the Godiva Festival

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The annual Godiva Festival started tonight. We spent most of the evening watching the comedy acts but we caught some of Go West on the main stage. As we were leaving we heard them perform their 2 big hits: We Close our Eyes and King of Wishful Thinking.

Go West on stage

Godiva Festival - Sunday

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It had been raining overnight so we were expecting things to be a bit soggier on the sunday. Yesterday had been really sunny and the local radio had reports of huge queues of traffic leading to the park. Today was much quieter, no queues, easy parking. The downside was a muddy field.

Most of the acts who perform in the main arena do shows on both saturday and sunday. While we were there, there was a comedy gymnastics troupe, a daredevil/stunts/escapology family, and the obligatory falconry display.

As well as performing acts, there were tents with local history/crafts/environmental societies hawking their wares. Everyone seemed pleased to engage you in conversation or hand out leaflets to promote their cause.

The final act we saw before leaving was what can only be described as a 'stand up painter'. When we arrived he was half way through a painting of Robbie Williams, while Let me entertain you blasted out of the speakers. His next painting was to the tune of two Elvis songs but initially I thought 'Sorry Rolf, I can't tell what it is yet' before I suddenly realised he was painting it upside down. That made it much more impressive.

Godiva Festival - Saturday night

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We went tonight to watch some of the live music. There was a huge crowd around the tent where local band The Enemy were performing so we wandered off to the Cider tent for a pint before going back and squeezing our way through the crowd.

The band seem to be the latest in a line of above average bands to be hyped above their level of competence. They're not bad but don't seem to be much better than a lot of other bands around. Towards the end of their set, they started playing one song and I thought it was a cover of Going Underground by The Jam. As the song continued I thought it was still a cover but they had changed the words. Then I realised it was the song their album (We'll live and die in These Towns) gets its title from.

There was a big gap before the next band came on so we had a walk around the festival site. In the coin arcade, a load of 10p coins fell out of one of the 'waterfall' machines as we walked past, no-one was touching it so they must have been precariously balanced. I did the honest thing and use the change machines to turn them into 2ps and fed them back into various other games.

The headline act were the Super Furry Animals. We'd seen them before at the Leeds Festival and they were good on both occasions.

Godiva Festival Parade

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The Godiva Festival Parade started in the city centre and slowly made its way towards the War Memorial Park. These photos were taken in Trinity Street, near the Wetherspoons.

The Godiva Festival
The Godiva Festival
The Godiva Festival

Godiva Festival 2006 Part 2

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Most of the photos here show events in the Jaguar Arena on the saturday and sunday. The falconry pictures are stills taken from video.  

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Godiva Festival 2006

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Coventry's annual free festival was held this weekend. Although it started last night, the main procession was today. The first lot of photos here are from when the procession arrived at the War Memorial Park. Unfortunately my camera batteries kept dying so I only managed to get photos from the start and the end - I missed the ones in the middle.

The second set of photos are from the evening and the Earth Works show. This was more or less the story of Gaia and how humans are mis-treating the planet. It used the floats and costumes from the procession with the added bonus of fireworks at the end.  

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