Edward Palmer, founder of the ‘Hythe Reporter’ proposed a procession of illuminated boats on the Royal Military Canal (built to transport troops quickly to defend against Napoleonic invasion) back in the 19th century. The first ‘Venetian Fete’ took place on Wednesday 27 August 1890
Hythe Venetian Fete Society Ltd organises the event, using unpaid volunteers. Any surplus funds are donated to the local organisations involved.
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Royal Military Canal
Hythe (near Folkestone)
1600 Gates open
1630 Hythe Town Concert Band
1700 Folkestone Rowing Club demonstration
1730 L & A Poperinge Band and St Hilda’s Ukelele Band
1845 The Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and The Right Worshipful Town Mayor of Hythe arrive, towed by Folkestone and Hythe Sea Cadets.
1850 Reception on stage for visiting mayors from the Confederation of Cinque Ports.
1900 Fete declared open. Procession of floating tableaux
2000 Intermission with music from Samba Pel Mar and St Hilda’s Ukelele Band
2050 Firework display sponsored by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and Universal Fireworks (UK) Ltd
2100 Night parade of illuminated floating tableaux
2200 Fete concludes