Bromley Bear's all set - are you?

May 30 2017

LAST-minute preparations are underway for this year's Heathfest and, as usual, it promises to attract thousands of visitors.

LAST-minute preparations are underway for this year's Heathfest and, as usual, it promises to attract thousands of visitors.

It will take place at Bromley Heath playing fields on Saturday July 1, from 1pm to 6pm.

The event will offer something for people of all ages including fairground rides, crafts, food and drink stalls, stalls, soft play marquee and pony rides.

New for this year is extra family entertainment including free puppet shows and participatory workshops including football skills and martial arts.

Performances from local choirs, schools and dance groups will take place throughout the day with the grand finale coming from rock band Cloudy Apple at 5pm.

Downend School band, the Creators of Lightning, will also perform, although the time is still to be confirmed.

Bromley Bear, the Heathfest mascot, will be roaming around, waving to visitors and giving out free cuddles.

Heathfest used to be called Bromley Heath Village Festival which had more of a village fete vibe but these days the event is more like a family festival.

Two charities have been chosen to benefit from this year's Heathfest - Bristol and South Gloucestershire Young Carers and the Ignite youth group, based at Christ Church, Downend.

Chairwoman of the Heathfest committee, Liz Huggins, said: "We're expecting a few thousand but we've never actually counted because it's an open space so we're never sure who's there for us and who's walking their dogs!

"We have a small committee of local residents mostly from Bromley Heath and Downend, and started planning last September. Last year we had some feedback that there wasn't enough free things for families to do so we've responded with scheduled puppet shows, roaming entertainment and more to get involved with like football skills sessions, martial arts workshops and a dance workshop.  It's going well and we're very pleased. It's shaping up to be a great day for all the family."

Entry is by programme and costs £2 per family. These can be purchased from the local football team who will be going door to door prior to the event to sell them or at the event.

Heathfest is being sponsored by M Coleman estate agents and negotiations with other potential sponsors have been taking place.

At the time Downend Voice went to print, there were still numerous activities and acts yet to be confirmed.

The committee is still looking for people to marshall on the day. To find out more call Liz on 07500 775074.