Summer's set to be a sizzler ...

May 28 2016

IT'S fast approaching summer which can only mean one thing - a packed programme of fun events happening in and around your neighbourhood.


IT'S fast approaching summer which can only mean one thing - a packed programme of fun events happening in and around your neighbourhood.
The hectic schedule kicks off with one of the biggest and most popular events in the area - Mangotsfield Village Festival.
Now in its 24th year, it takes place at Cleve Rugby Club on Saturday June 11.
The festival regularly attracts thousands of visitors and this year's event promises to be no different.
As always, the festival starts with a parade which leaves the village green at 10.30am and heads for the rugby club where an opening ceremony takes place at 11am.
Entertainment includes stalls, rides, country and maypole dancing, street dancers, Morris dancers, various bands, dog show, children's entertainer and DJ. The festival will end with a bang when a firework display launches at 9.55pm.
Admission is £2 for adults and children are free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
The following day - Sunday June 12 - attention is turned to Page Park as it plays host to the Big Lunch.
The family-focused event will open with music on the bandstand from 10.45am right through until 5pm.
Among the acts will be a Flamenco guitarist and dancer, 1940s-style singers The Marionettes and the Westerleigh Showband. There will also be food stalls and children's entertainment such as rides, games and face-painting.
Families and friends are encourage to come along with a picnic and soak up the chilled atmosphere.
Last year's event attracted thousands, however this year's could be even bigger following the news the Friends of Page Park have secured a £1.6 million lottery grant to make improvements to the park.
The Friends will have a stand where people can come and find out about how the money will be spent and visitors will be able to talk to project managers from South Gloucestershire Council about the ambitious scheme.
The park's recently appointed activities manager,  Rowena Kenny, will also be on hand to discuss some of the things she has planned, including an initiative called Treemendous.
Just the name of the next event will have visitors turning up in droves when Lyde Green Community Association hosts its Summer Sizzler.
This takes place on Saturday June 25 from 11am-5pm at Blackwell Common, next to the Science Park in Lyde Green.
The Summer Sizzler, which will be broadcast by Bradley Stoke Radio Station, features performances from local groups, refreshments, a children's fun activity corner, raffle, children's tombola and a Bake Off competition called 'Slice of Lyde Green'.
There will also be an information area for all Lyde Green related questions.
Funds raised will go to the Kingswood-based Rethink which supports mental illness.
Stalls are available to hire and cost £10. Stall holders must supply their own table, chairs and gazebo if necessary. Email to express an interest.
The next event - on Sunday July 3 - is the annual C in the Park at King George V Park in Downend.
It is organised by local churches and kicks off with an open air service by Bishop Mike Hill at 11am.
The main stage attractions from midday include bands and school groups.
A climbing wall and rodeo bull are guaranteed to pull the crowds but there's also a bungee run, bouncy castle, sports arena and craft tent. All of these activities will be offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of local churches.
Refreshments will be available at the event, which runs until 4pm.
The following Saturday (July 9) sees the return of another popular event - Heathfest, aka Bromley Heath Community Festival.
Taking place at Bromley Heath Playing Fields, it includes performances and displays from local groups and schools, food stalls and bar, pre-school tent, fun bus, fun-fair attractions, pony rides, side shows and costumed characters.
A headline band will bring the festival to a close.
Visitors should note there is no on-site parking and the small car park is restricted to stall holders. As there is limited parking around the festival organisers are asking people to travel by foot or bus to keep disruption to residents to a minimum. First bus service numbers 18, 5 and 4 all stop within a short walk of the festival site.
Have fun and fingers crossed for sunshine!

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