Weather set fair for Festival Saturday following sunny Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park at the 2015 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

The 2015 Bradley Stoke Community Festival got off to a sunny start today with the traditional Picnic in the Park on Jubilee Green.

Professor Panic entertained the children and parents with circus skills, juggling and entertainment in the big top, while the Friends of Jubilee Green staged a ‘sticker treasure hunt’ around the park, with an estimated 110 children taking part. The Friends also set up a ‘mini Glastonbury’ tented role play area and provided a wide range of play equipment on the green.

Inside the Jubilee Centre, the Bradley Stoke WI provided refreshments and there was face painting for the children. Bradley Stoke Radio provided music and interviews.

More photos from today’s Picnic in the Park (BSJ Facebook).

Festival Saturday (6th June) at the Jubilee Centre

The packed programme of music and dance events starts at 11.30am and runs through to 6.10pm.

Musical entertainment kicks off with the BSCS students at 11.30am – followed by The Midnight Tides, Who’s She, Kimura, Geckoblasters, Panache Steel Band and The Secrets.

Dance, drama and gymnastic groups performing in between the bands this year include Stagecoach, Footloose, Baby Ballet, Infinity, Danceworks and the South Gloucestershire Asian Project.

Groups performing in the demonstration area on Jubilee Green include South West Winterguard Academy, Fromeside Gymnastics, Bradley Stoke Community Singers and Dragon Tang Soo Do. There will also be demonstrations from professional skateboarders on a 5ft half-pipe and a dog agility display.

Fun rides and activities for the children include trampolines, giant slides, football games, giant inflatables, a helter skelter and the Vertical Xtreme climbing wall, alongside the local Scouts providing longbow archery.

The Bradley Stoke Youth FC Football Tournament for Year 1 children starts at 12.30pm on the top soccer pitches, with presentations planned for 3pm. Sir Geoff Hurst MBE and Gary Mabbutt MBE will be attending the event, courtesy of the club’s sponsor McDonald’s.

The weather forecast is for a sunny but cool (15 degrees) afternoon, with a strong westerly breeze (stall holders with gazebos beware!).

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More info: Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2015 (The Journal)

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