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Bradley Stoke Community Festival

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Bradley Stoke Community Festival takes place each year during June at the town's three main activity centres. The festival offers something for everyone – promoting local talents, clubs, bands and dance groups.

Unfortunately, Bradley Stoke Town Council has made the decision to cancel this year's Community Festival which was due to take place on 11th, 12th and 13th June 2021. The safety of the community is important to us and at this moment in time, there are still too many unknown factors which are outside the Town Council's control.

Councillors would like to invite residents to the 2022 Community Festival which is due to take place from 3rd – 5th June 2022 to tie in with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Review of Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2019

Friday 7th June

Unfortunately, the day saw torrential rain throughout the morning, so the Picnic in the Park for Parents and Toddlers was unable to take place in it's usual form which meant that numbers attending the event were significantly down on previous years. New for this year, Van Buren presented a magic show followed by juggling and entertainment, but the bouncy castle was not able to be inflated. Refreshments were served by the Heartful Dodgers Group.

Saturday 8th June

The weather was much improved for the Saturday – the sun was shining, although the wind was a little gusty at times.

Throughout the day, music was provided by the excellent local bands; Snow Blind, Vamp, Liquor & Poker, tribute band ELO Beatles Beyond, Ragged Union, Bad Wolf and a duet performance by the two Georgias from Bradley Stoke Community School.

Local dance groups performed in between the bands and included; Bradley Stoke Gym Club, Yasmins, Red X Dance, Chinese Dance, Razzamataz and Stoke Gifford School of Dance along with other local clubs and associations.

Fun rides for the children include trampolines, slides, football games and inflatables. The free-to-use Community Zone rides (provided by the Town Council) included: Rodeo Bull, Whack-a-Mole and Wipe Out.

Bradley Stoke Town Council's Youth Work team once again provided the very popular combination of 'have a go' graffiti workshops (with professional artists) and a large portable skatepark half-pipe; provided by King Ramps. There were regular pro rider demos interspersed with 'have a go' sessions + music and Youth Work project info.

An inflatable Climbing Wall ran alongside the local Bradley Stoke Scouts stalls which featured archery and other fun activities.

An Arts & Crafts exhibition featured a range of different arts & crafts alongside sideshows and community stalls offering a wide range of local products and novelties.

The Bradley Stoke Youth Football Club Tournament for Year 1 Boys and Girls, with 14 schools and 150 children involved took place at the Jubilee Centre on the top field soccer pitches.

Sunday 9th June

The ever popular 10K multi terrain race organised by the Sole Sisters took place with the start and finish at the Jubilee Centre – with 554 competitors taking part. This was followed by the “Church in the Park” outdoor service organised by Bradley Stoke Churches.

At Baileys Court Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke Cricket Club had a full programme of cricket events planned, however unfortunately, rain stopped play during the early afternoon. The rain also affected the Bradley Stoke Bowls Club planned activities.

The Bradley Stoke Skatepark competition and circus skills activities were also adversely affected by the weather, with only part of the scooter competition taking place before the rain set in for the afternoon.

Parking at Willow Brook Centre - Saturday 8th June 2019

Parking restrictions (relating to time limits) were lifted at the Willow Brook Centre on the Saturday (8th June 2019) of the Bradley Stoke Community Festival weekend. However, due to technical issues it would appear that some people have now received a parking fine for overstaying the time limit on that day.

The Willow Brook Centre have asked the Town Council to inform members of the public that, if they have received a parking fine for overstaying the time limit at the Willow Brook Centre on Saturday 8th June 2019, they need to contact the Willow Brook Centre to get the fine cancelled.

Their contact details are:

Willow Brook Centre,
Savages Wood Road,
Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 8BS

Tel: 01454 205040