Organisers take a break for 2014 — but Bromley Bear and pals will return next year

Published on: 30 Jan 2014

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ORGANISERS of Heathfest, the best-loved event on Bromley Heath’s social calendar, say the festival will not take place this year.

Each year thousands flock to the massive summer event at Bromley Heath playing fields for a fun-filled family day out.

Although a date had been earmarked for Heathfest 2014, the committee has decided to take a break but has vowed to return the following year with a vengeance. 

Liz Huggins, Heathfest 2013 co-chair, said: “Bromley Heath is such a vibrant area with so many established community activities and new ones springing up such as Bromley Heath WI.

“The Heathfest committee works tirelessly organising from September to July and then resume again the following September so have decided that Heathfest will have a rest for a year and be back with a bang in summer 2015.”

However, Downend Voice can reveal there are other plans in the pipeline for this summer.

Rather than having a complete rest, the committee has decided to organise a Heathfest Community Disco for adults.

The event will also act as a fundraiser for the Bristol and South Gloucestershire-based domestic violence charity Survive.

Although the venue is not yet confirmed, the date is Saturday July 5 – the same date as Heathfest 2014 was due to take place.

Ann Watts, one of Heathfest’s founder members, said she is hoping to get the community on board to ensure the disco is a huge success.

“We have always seen Heathfest as potentially more within the community than just the festival itself. We also wanted something that meant we could celebrate together, have a good boogie and have some fun.

“We are looking for lots of lovely community volunteers to design posters, organise the event and help on the night so please get in touch if you would like to get involved.

“There may not be an actual Heathfest 2014 but there will be a rocking community disco and, most importantly, vulnerable families and children in South Gloucestershire will receive much needed support because of the warmth and spirit of Bromley Heath.”

Organisers have said that even though the festival is taking a break, the annual John Laurie Award will still go ahead in memory of the Bromley Heath stalwart who died last month at the age of 83.

If you would like to help with the Heathfest Community Disco, email

To find out more about the charity Survive visit or email


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