A floating extravaganza of family fun with a procession of decorated floats, live music, entertainment and fireworks at dusk. Events start at 5pm followed by procession of floats at 7pm and illuminated after dark.
The results of the Venetian Fete 2017 were –
1st Saltwood Scouts
- 2nd = Friends of Saltwood School
2nd = Friends of St Augustines
- 3rd St Leonards Sunday School
- 1st The Shed
- 2nd Headway
- 3rd St Leonards Bell Ringers
- 1st FHODS
- 2nd Hythe Crickets & Squash Club
- 3rd Hythe Twinning Association
- 1st Hythe Garden Centre
2nd The Unsinkables
- 3rd Fete Accompli
Best Daylight Tableau
- Hythe Cricket & Squash Club
Best Dressed Rowers
- Folkestone Rowing Club
Best Illuminated Tableau
- 1st Headway
- 2nd Fete accompli
- 3rd Friends of St Augustines
Best Floral Tableau
- Tynwald Residential Home
Introduction to the Hythe Venetian Fete
The Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL accompanied by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hythe will arrive by float at the Centre Stage of the Royal Military Canal, thus heralding the start of the 2019 Hythe Venetian Fete.
The other 13 Mayors of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports, who have come to Hythe to enjoy this unique water spectacular, will follow them on their own float, all robed and chained.
Following the opening ceremony by the Mayor of Hythe the daylight parade of the imaginatively decorated floats will begin. The parade of the 30 competitors floats is divided into 4 sections: Juvenile Societies; Small Societies and Clubs; Large Societies and Clubs; and National Societies, Open and Commercial, each led by a band, with each section competing for a monetary prize and a silver trophy. There are also prizes and cups for the best daylight tableau, best floral, best dressed rowers, best illuminated and of course the coveted silver replica of the Cinque Port Ship awarded to the best overall entry of the Fete.
At 8.50pm, as dusk falls, the spectacular firework display will begin. When everyone has got their breath back after the best firework display Hythe has ever witnessed, hundreds of fairy lights are lit across the bridges and amongst the trees and the tableaux, now illuminated, parade again presenting a fresh and fascinating picture, magically reflected in the water. At the end of this parade the Hythe Venetian Fete Society can congratulate itself for again providing a truly memorable spectacular for Hythe that those visitors from all over the country and abroad have come to love and enjoy.
The Fete is organised by the Society’s Executive Committee consisting of 16 volunteers and no paid staff and on Fete day calls upon up to 300 volunteers to man gates, car parks and act as stewards etc.
The Fete costs over £130,000 to produce with most of this money coming from ticket sales, but the Society does rely on its main sponsors for their generous financial support and the sponsors of the prizes and entertainment programme on the days leading up to Fete day. Without this financial assistance and the support of the volunteers, the competitors who spend so much time in preparing their floats the Fete would not be possible.
So when you come to the Fete on 21st August 2019 not only enjoy a wonderful evening’s entertainment but also spare a thought for all the volunteers who have made it possible.