Community Festival ‘will be better than ever’

This year’s Bradley Stoke Community Festival looks set to be an amazing weekend of fun, entertainment and activities. Held on June 8-9 at the Jubilee Centre, it is sure to be an event
not to be missed.

Councillor Dayley Lawrence, Mayor of Bradley Stoke, said: “I am delighted that our council have once again committed to bringing a first class event to the people of our community. It promises to be a great weekend of celebration and joy for the whole family. We have put together a weekend that is cost effective and taken on feedback to understand what you want from this event. We are proud to be  working in partnership with community groups and supporting charities and businesses.” 

The main festival day is Saturday, June 8, and will be at the Jubilee Centre. This is a combination of music, dance, community stalls, food and drink, rides,  displays and demonstrations, youth football festival and a street art project. Music is provided by an eclectic mix of local bands and singers; Beacon Rise, Doc Rock, Elevation, Kaiju Blue, ‘80s tribute band Outatime, plus performers from the Bradley Stoke Community School.  

Local dance groups will perform in between the bands and include Bristol Belly dancers, Danceworks, 5678 Dance, Street Cred and Chinese Dancing along with other local clubs and associations.  

Town Council youth workers and young people are once again organising two days of skatepark skills and creative art activities. The skatepark half-pipe returns (courtesy of Kings Ramps) and offers  exceptional demos by top riders and skaters, plus regular ‘have-a-go’ sessions. Also, the ever popular street art ‘paint a board’ sessions return, with artist Olas Art supported by youth workers and young volunteers.

More than 80 stalls will feature a range of arts and crafts, and  community stalls offering a range of local products and novelties.  

Bradley Stoke Youth Football Club will run their Football Festival, which will  include many age groups from Reception and upwards. This will involve small-sided matches throughout the day with trophies being awarded to teams and will take place on the top field football pitches starting from 11am. 

On Sunday, June 9, the Jubilee Centre hosts the 10K Run and the Brightwell Colour Run with the skatepark hosting a number of events and activities. The 10k multi terrain race organised by the Sole Sisters starts at 9.30am and more than 600 competitors are expected. 

The Brightwell Colour Run will start at 12.30pm for registration with the race commencing at 13.30pm with a rolling start. This promises to be a very colourful and fun event with competitors and paint throwers alike getting absolutely ‘plastered’!