Festival Celebrations in Ross

This bank holiday weekend sees that annual return of Ollie Fest in Ross-on-wye. Sunshine is forecast and with free entry and fantastic live music, it’s set to be a great weekend of celebrations for the town.

The music festival was set up in memory of Ollie Floyd, a member of Ross Rugby Club who sadly passed away two years ago. We were keen to support the festival and have taken out an advert in this year’s brochure. Speaking to one of the organisers, Gavin Oates, we learned why the festival was set up and what it means to have the support of the local community.

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He said: ‘It’s been two years since Ollie passed which is why the festival was initially set up. But, we soon realised that there’s nothing in the town to support all families that have lost their children, so it’s just about bringing everyone together. Local businesses have been key to putting the whole thing together. It costs a lot to run and we don’t get any grants, the money all comes from local people and businesses. It’s great how supportive everyone is.’

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You can expect good food, drinks, fairground rides, a bar, inflatables, and even a rugby match - there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy! Each year, the festival supports a different local charity. This year, proceeds will go to Hope, a charity that support young people when a close family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, such as cancer.

The festival will span the whole weekend with acts performing from Friday to Sunday, so come on down to Ross Rugby Club and celebrate the bank holiday in the glorious Herefordshire sunshine!

Steele & Stovell