Special birthday events to mark a decade of Coventry’s inspirational Creative Quarter will kick off with creative, tail-wagging and hair-raising fun.

FarGo Village will be celebrating its tenth birthday this September and has arranged a series of events to mark the occasion.

Out of The Box Arts Fair X PopBangColour Car Fest will get the festivities underway throughout FarGo Village in Far Gosford Street between 11am and 5pm on Saturday, June 1, and from 11am until 4pm on Sunday, June 2.

There will be a diverse range of visual and sensory local artists alongside unique cars on display in collaboration with PopBangColour and Rustival as part of MotoFest 2024 which is also marking its tenth anniversary.

This will be followed the next weekend by FarGo’s Dog Festival in collaboration with Broken Souls Rescue Charity from 10.30am until 5pm on Saturday, June 8.

The Coventry-based charity will be hosting a fundraising stall where all proceeds will go towards essential veterinary, boarding and care costs for dogs in need.

There will be an opportunity for visitors to treat their four-legged friends to puppacinos, take part in paw art activities and a have-a-go agility arena as well as cool off in a refreshing paddling pool made just for dogs.

The packed summer calendar continues with the Summer Makers Market in the Market Hall from 11am until 5pm on Saturday, July 20 and between 11am until 4pm on Sunday, July 21.

This is an opportunity to indulge in a summer showcase featuring the finest local and regional makers, artists, and designers, offering a weekend brimming with independent shopping delights.

The month is rounded off with the Oxford Beard Festival throughout FarGo Village which is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all aspects of facial hair!

The event between noon and 6pm on Saturday, July 27, will involve categories for handmade beards and imaginative bearded characters, and it is all in support of FarGo Village’s birthday charity partner Coventry and Warwickshire Mind and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry.

Holly Hewitt, Manager at FarGo Village which was developed by regeneration experts Complex Development Projects, said this was a special time in its history.

“FarGo Village is renowned for its eclectic mix of traders and this is reflected in our events programme,” she said.

“We always want to appeal to all members of the community and the early events in the countdown to our birthday in September reflect this with the arts fair, activities for our furry friends, creative designs and a day for lovers of beards and moustaches!

“Best of all these are all free and many of the events are supporting worthwhile charities based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

“This is just the start of our birthday celebrations and there will be more announcements soon including details of our big birthday weekend in September!”

Tania Miller, Head of Children and Young People’s Services for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, said: “Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s children and young people’s team have been based at The Junction on Far Gosford Street for over ten years. In all that time we have seen first-hand the fantastic transformation of the local neighbourhood – flourishing as a lively, multi-cultural part of the city.

“Adjacent to so much student accommodation, our commitment to supporting young people’s mental health is as strong as ever. We’re really looking forward to seeing the local FarGo community over this celebration summer.”

Caption: FarGo Village in Coventry