This has now become an annual event (2011 was the Sixth) usually staged around the third Sunday in July. The day itself normally starts with a Buddhist thanksgiving ceremony with gifts by local Thai people to Buddhist monks at a temple set up in the square for the day. The festival comprises Thai culture including Thai dancing, fashion shows, puppet shows, sword fighting demonstrations and Thai boxing. There are also around 60 stalls selling and giving cooking presentations including a range of Thai beers.
Every year there is usually a raffle with the main prize being a trip to Thailand. All proceeds from the festival which is organised by The Rotary Club of Warwick go to good causes in Warwick and those who are in need in Thailand.
Warwick Market Place
Father Christmas, entertainment, food and a funfair are just some of the highlights of the ever popular annual Victorian Christmas evening combined with the official switching on of the Christmas lights. Craft, charity and festive food stalls wind through the streets around the market, shopkeepers and stallholders join in the fun by wearing period costumes which visitors are encouraged to judge in the Best Dressed Victorian competition on stage at 7:30. A lantern procession from St. Mary’s Church usually provides a colourful highlight just before the lights are switched on. The Grotto of Giving at the Market Hall Museum is also open on the evening, with people encouraged to donate gifts to be distributed by the county council to less advantaged families. There are also historical ghost tours around Smith Street and both St. Nicholas Church and St. Mary’s Church are open for carols and refreshments.
This year (2010) adding to the festivities there were flame-throwers, ferret races, merry-go-rounds, can-can dancers and carol singers.
Annually, usually around the last Thursday in November
Thursday: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Lights switched on at 7:00 pm
Warwick Market Place
The last weekend in July is Folk Festival weekend.
You can get a feel of this event on the web link below.