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Saturday 27 November 2021
Lantern Parade
Saturday 27 November 2021
Sunday 28 November 2021



What you'll experience at 

Festive Cheer!

Artisan produce
& gifts

Rural Village Traditions

Kick starting the festive season with a Lantern Parade and a Christmas Market of local produce and quality gifts

Grab a tasty bite to eat and drink by visiting our local producers from North Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds!

Join in with some village traditions organised by a few of the locals in Hanwell and some of the neighbouring villages!

& country folk perform

Circus Lantern Parade

Follow the walking band through the village towards the church in this circus lantern parade!

 Please bring your own lanterns and come dressed in traditional circus wear!

- Saturday 27 November 2021 -
Meet at 5:45pm at the lower end of Hanwell


- Saturday 27 November 2021 -
Doors & bar open 6:30pm, Show starts 6.45pm
St Peter's Church, Church Lane, Hanwell
Adult £12
Child £6

Adult: £12, Child £6

Your ticket gives you free entry to the Christmas Market the following day!

HanFESTIVE Eve returns with a truly fabulous circus themed folk show!

Doors open at 6:30pm as the Circus Lantern Parade makes it's way to Hanwell's beautiful 13th century ironstone church of St Peter.


Step into a magical circus arena to experience a spectacular evening of live foot-stomping folk music & dance.  Come dressed in traditional circus inspired costume to immerse yourself into this year’s HanFESTIVE theme.


Fresh from Gifford’s Circus, Seth Bye Trio will take to the stage with their high energy fiddle tunes to pensive ballads.  Simon Poliushkin also from 
Gifford’s Circus performs a powerful Irish dance. Italian songwriter and composer Paolo Coruzzi concludes the evening with a fusion of songs. 

Grab yourself a drink from our bar where Kineton's Pinnock Distillery will be serving their copper distilled dry gin, Church Hanbrewery will be back with their Oxfordshire handcraft beer and the Cotswold's Little Oak Vineyard will be pouring their still & sparkling wines! Non alcoholic drinks will also be available. Sartorellis will be serving freshly prepared pizzas.

Your ticket gives you free entry to the Christmas Market the following day!

This year our theme is traditional circus!
Join in with the fun and come in fancy circus dressed! 


6:30pm Doors and bar opens

6:45pm Show begins



Seth Bye Trio 

Bringing you foot-stomping folk tunes, with “fantastic fiddle-driven energy” (BBC Glos), the Seth Bye Trio features guitarist Harry Thorpe and multi-disciplinary percussionist Alex Henshaw.


The trio's sound flows effortlessly from high energy fiddle tunes to pensive ballads and intricate percussive patterns. 


Hailing from Birmingham, the trio have been igniting audiences across the UK - previously Seth has performed at venues including The Royal Albert Hall and The Cecil Sharpe House and festivals such as Greenman, Boomtown and Shambala. 

Irish dance by Simon Poliushkin 

Simon, from Minsk in the Republic of Belarus started dancing at the age of 17 after he saw the Lord of the Dance and became passionate about Irish Dancing. Soon he enrolled in a local dance school and competed nationally and internationally to eventually become East European Irish Dance Champion in 2014. He graduated from the National Belarusian Technical University as a Manager-Economist and passed the WIDA TCRG examination.

Simon spent 3 years as an Ensemble Dancer for the Academic Ensemble of Song and Dance of the Military Forces of the Republic of Belarus, touring Belarus and Russia. He joined the ‘Emerald Isle’ Resort Show in Cyprus in 2018 and later became the cast of ‘Murphy’s Celtic Legacy’ Irish Dance show on the 2019 North America Tour.


In the spring of 2020 Simon was an Irish Dance instructor on the MSC “Magnifica”. In the end of the year he finally got a chance to perform with the Feet of Flames in Taiwan. In 2021 he joined the cast of The Hooley tour of the Gifford’s circus.

Paolo Coruzzi

Paolo is an Italian songwriter, composer and stage director, based in London.

He has independently composed, produced and released solo albums, as well as soundtracks for theatre productions and songs for other artists. He begun his music career in 1992. He is also an accomplished singer and guitarist who has performed all over Europe and collaborated with numerous international artists.

Paolo has a unique writing style that has developed over the years whilst traveling around the world, through literary studies and ongoing poetic research. This led him to win first prize of poetry at the Pirandello Stable Festival in 2012. 

He started his career in theatre and cinema in 1998 and alongside an intensive period of training in drama school, he spent seven years acting and improving his skills in stage directing at the Teatro Regio di Torino, working under the prestigious direction of Franco Zeffirelli, Josè Carlos Plaza, Ugo De Ana, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi and John Cox.

Since 2002 he has written and directed a considerable number of plays, including “The Bald Soprano” by Ionesco - “The Trojan Women” by Euripides - “A Doll’s House” by Ibsen, staged at Theatro Technis, London.

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St Peter's Church, Church Lane, Hanwell
- Sunday 28 November 2021 -
11am - 4pm

Brimming with stalls, featuring the best local artisan
craftspeople & producers. Everything from handmade gifts
to locally-brewed beer & hot delicious food to enjoy.


 Entry Fee
Adult £4, Child (-16) Free!

Entry fee goes to Hanwell St Peter's Church to help protect and conserve
the wonderful 13th century ironstone church building for all to enjoy.
Organisers will also be fund raising for the church throughout the weekend.



About              and               

HanFEST is a non-for-profit community event, held twice a year in Hanwell village near Banbury, Oxfordshire. The event is organised by a group of residents living in the village. The aim of HanFEST is to create fun and memorable moments for those living in Hanwell, it's neighbouring villages and of course everyone who comes and visits!

HanFEST takes place in the summer and its sister Christmas event HanFESTIVE takes place late November inside St Peter's Church. We work with the Parish Council, St Peter's Church and the Village Hall to create a real buzz in the village!

If you love what we do and want to be involved then
please get in touch!


Contact the team

St Peter's Church,

Church Lane
OX17 1HN



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