Unicorn Festival at Sledmere House postponed – new date announced

The Festival of the Unicorn, dur to be held at Sledmere House tomorrow (Good Friday) has been postponed because of the bad weather in the last few days.

Organisers said: “Due to adverse weather and ground conditions, we have had to postpone the festival.

“We desperately hope you can all make the new date and support this fantastic cause.”

The festival will now be held on Sunday 30th April

As reported in the Wolds Weekly, 10-year-old Elsie from Driffield was diagnosed with CLN3 Batten disease in December 2021.

It is a progressive condition that results in the gradual loss of sight, the ability to walk, talk and swallow, and the occurrence of complex seizures that are difficult to manage.

This rare life-limiting disease affects roughly one in 50,000 children.

Elsie’s parents Phil Smith and Caroline Parrish have launched Elsie’s Appeal to help give their daughter as many fun experiences and memories while she can still enjoy them fully and to help meet her needs in the longer term by building a specialist extension at home which will support her care going forwards.
The idea for the Festival of the Unicorn came from Elsie’s obsession with all things magical and her wish to see a real unicorn.

After hearing about Elsie’s wish, Natalie Ibbitson-Garvey from The Tack Shed in Driffield put out an appeal to the equine community for a unicorn to make Elsie’s dream come true and the offers came flooding in and the festival grew from there.

More than 100 unicorns had registered to take part in the parade, an application has also been made for a Guinness World Record attempt on the day for the most equines dressed as unicorns in one place.

As well as the unicorn parade, the fun event was due to also feature bouncy castles, face painting, hair braiding, games, raffles, tombolas, games and an auction.

The Festival of the Unicorn will take place at fireworks/Tribfest events field at Sledmere House on Sunday 30th April from 10am until 4pm. The event will be sign posted from the A166.

Tickets are available on the gate priced £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for under 16s. All proceeds are for Elsie’s Appeal.

You do not need tickets for Sledmere House and Gardens to access the event.

If you have a unicorn pony, no matter what colour or size, and would like to take part in this special unicorn parade, please email for more information and an application form.

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