The 2012 Bradley Stoke Community Festival gets underway at 9:30am today (Friday 1st) with children’s entertainment at the Jubilee Centre in Savages Wood Road.
Traditionally held a week later, the festival has been moved, for this year only, to coincide with HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Today’s entertainment will be provided by the popular Professor Panic’s Circus and children will be invited to decorate their own bunting triangle which will be displayed around a commemorative plaque set to be unveiled on Jubilee Green at 11am.
Saturday (2nd June) sees a packed programme of music and dance events at the Jubilee Centre playing fields, with the action starting at 11:30am and running through to 6pm.
The band line up is headed by Baraka, with support from a number of local bands that include A Holiday Rumour and Little Intentions, both formed of students from Bradley Stoke Community School.
Dance groups performing in between the bands this year include the South Gloucestershire Chinese Association, Annette’s Academy and the Pauline Quirk Dancers.
Fun rides for the children include trampolines, inflatables, quads and climbing wall plus longbow archery. K9 will be staging interactive dog handling displays and Bristol Zoo will once again be showing a ‘tropical’ collection of bugs and insects.
Sideshows, arts & crafts and community stalls will offer a wide range of local products and novelties, while a schools football tournament for Year 1 boys / Year 3-4 girls, will take place on the upper pitch from 10:30am.
Sunday (3rd June) kicks off with the Bradley Stoke 10k Run at 9:30am (from the Jubilee Centre), followed by a series of events at Baileys Court Activity Centre – starting with an open-air church service at 11am.
The 10k race organisers Sole Sisters will be taking last-minute entries at the festival on Saturday, subject to the limit of 500 runners not being reached.
The Baileys Court church service will be followed at 12 noon by competitions and entertainment for all the whole family.
A six-a-side cricket tournament, organised by Bradley Stoke Cricket Club, will run throughout the afternoon.
The cricket club will be running a lunchtime BBQ and providing evening entertainment in the clubhouse from 6pm.
Also taking place on Sunday (not Saturday as stated in some of the Council’s promotional material) is a free guided walk in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve, starting from outside the Leisure Centre at 10am.
Festival events to raise money for the Mayor’s charities
Recently-elected Town Mayor Cllr Charlotte Walker said:
“With a long weekend holiday, the Diamond Jubilee and a big summer of sport there is something for everyone to celebrate. The Bradley Stoke Community Festival caters to everyone’s tastes and is sure to be a great party weekend.”
Funds raised over the weekend will go to the Mayor’s chosen charities which this year are: Alzheimer’s Society – Bradley Stoke Sports and Social Club and the Have a Heart ChildLine Appeal
More Community Festival information:
- Festival flyer – with list of all events (SGC) [PDF, 189kB]
- Full entertainment programme for Saturday [PDF, 64kB]
- Interactive map of the festival venues (BSJ)
- Interactive map of the Bradley Stoke 10k Run race route (BSJ)
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