Heathfest 2019 proves a huge triumph
BOUYED by good weather, residents came out in force to ensure 2019's Heathfest was a huge success.
The event, which took place on July 6, attracted thousands of people to Bromley Heath playing fields.
Featuring live music, performances, stalls and funfair attractions as well as the mascot Bromley Bear, Heathfest proved to be as popular as ever.
The biggest hit this year were Zorbs balls – transparent plastic balls which you fit inside and roll around.
The annual event is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers who started planning back in September.
Ria Appleton-Smith, co-chair of the Heathfest committee, said: “It was a really good day with a brilliant atmosphere. The weather was perfect, it wasn't too hot so it kept people there for longer.
“We made a few changes to the layout this year and got nothing but amazing feedback at what a difference it made.
“The Zorbs were a huge hit. The kids got in the giant balls and rolled around, bashing into each other. It was brilliant and we've already booked them for next year. We had a lot more teenagers there this year, which is great as we had really tried to promote that by putting on things like the Zorbs and basketball to get them interested.
“We had around 4,000 people attend – it just keeps getting bigger!”
The committee was calculating proceeds at the time Downend Voice went to print but it is hoped they will raise around £2,000 for Paul's Place, a charity based in Coalpit Heath that enhances the lives of disabled adults, and up to £500 for Blood Bikes, motorbike-riding volunteers who ensure that blood and medical equipment is delivered to hospitals, patients and air ambulance services.
The date has already been set for next year's Heathfest – Saturday July 4 from 12.30pm.
Keep an eye on the Heathfest Facebook page where the exact donation amounts will be posted shortly.