This year’s Parklife Weekend is shaping up to be the best year yet.
Parklife weekend will start at 12noon on Saturday 25th August with Live in the Park. Headlining this fabulous free music extravaganza will be a double headline of two amazing local bands – BUSTIN’ LOOSE and Skamungas. Both bands will be performing a set of their very popular covers, featuring classics like Mr BlueSky, Parklife, Special Brew and many, many more. Then combining all band members in a stage filling, dance inspiring, arm waving and sing-along spectacular of great tunes, to close the festival with style. Mart from Skamungas says “We are thrilled to be co-headlining what has become the biggest and best festival of live music in the area, so generously provided by Aylesbury Town Council for everyone to freely enjoy. Coupling the band’s unique take on Ska with the vast covers experience that comes with Bustin’ Loose will guarantee that Live in the Park 2018 closes with a huge party. We absolutely can’t wait!”
Live in the Park Main Stage will include music from Everus, A Little Bit Country, Into The South, Toffees, Serenade The Stars & Nikki Loy and on the Second Stage you’ll get to see The White Tips, Lost & Found, Craig Live, Casey Leigh_Official, Inlak’esh and Sinfiction. (all performers are correct at the time of going to press, but are subject to change)
In addition to the live music there will be free traditional fun fair rides and loads of free activities, games, fun and entertainment, including face-painting from Zoomania Aylesbury, safe sun-gazing with UK Astronomy Events, music lessons from XYZ Music Academy and skills with Affinity, prize hoopla with Tesco Aylesbury 2 Community raising fund for the Mayor’s charity Carers Bucks, with lots more still to be confirmed in the Community Involvement Area, which is provided by local businesses, charities and organisations. If you fancy being involved in this, please do contact Aylesbury Town Council.
As your Town Council we are thrilled to bring you this inclusive, free family event at the height of the summer and in the heart of our town. Following visitor feedback from the past 3 years we have developed and improved the event. Your comments lead to the selection of this year’s Headline acts, more original artists, as well as the introduction of more toilets, more security, more venue lighting, more stalls in the CIA area and the exciting introduction of a Market Stall area too. We work hard to showcase and engage with lots of local performers, businesses and charities to provide you with an event which is relaxed, safe and family friendly, which supports our local community and economy.
Once again we will be joined by volunteers from Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) who assist us in providing an event that is accessible for all. With the addition and inclusion of a variety of facilities and procedures to ensure everyone can enjoy the event alongside family and friends.
On Saturday evening it’s Stars in the Park; where you can join the amateur experts from UK Astronomy Events to find out more about the stars, planets and solar system.
On the Sunday Aylesbury Church Network host an open air church service, Church in the Park, followed by Banquet in the Park, a chance to feast on a selection of fine multi-cultural dishes provided free by different ethnic groups from our town. Sunday also sees the introduction of Strongman in the Park – a charity fire truck pull, tug-of-war and tests of strength, organised by Devanney Strength alongside the Aylesbury Fire Station from 12noon until 1pm.
The entire weekend culminates with Proms in the Park – part of Parklife Weekend, where you are invited to bring picnics, rugs, flags and your singing voices for this great British tradition, with a 45 piece concert band, soloists and a guest interval performance, still to be confirmed. A spectacular firework display will finish the entire weekend at 9:30pm on Sunday 26th August.
With thanks to all of the companies and organisations involved in helping to provide this event to you free of charge.
More information to be posted here as we get closer to the event – so check back weekly for updates….
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW…..
FAMILY ACTIVITIES, CIA AND MARKET STALLS
At this years Live in the Park – part of Parklife Weekend, you can, once again, ride the traditional fun fair rides FREE of charge – we will have the Helter-Skelter, Chair-O-Planes, Swing Boats and Tea-cup ride. Rides will close at 7pm.
In the CIA – Community Involvement Area you will find – Face painting with Zoomania Aylesbury / help create a community collage and learn circus skills with Queens Park Arts Centre / fun and games with Affinity badminton / solar gazing with UK Astronomy Events / sign language games Tiny TC – Baby and Toddler Sign / colourush sign up for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity / music lessons from XYZ Music Academy / get active with Everyone Active / drumming maths sessions with HW DRUMS / virtual reality experiences with VIRE / charity prize hoopla with Tesco Aylesbury 2 Community/ outside games and activities with the team from Jonathan Page Play Centre / spinal checks from Corrective Chiropractic Aylesbury / help Men In Sheds make a robot / find out about local treasure with Access to Archaeology / make a lantern for the Festival of Lights with Holy Cow Community / win a prize in the Metro Bank colouring competition / learn to make healthy lifestyle choices with LWSW BUCKS / victim support advice from Thames Valley Police / interactive dance sessions with Castielli school of dance / reading corner with Darren St Mart author of The Lowly Chicken and other children’s stories with more companies confirming closer to the event. Please note that the Community Involvement Area closes at 5pm
This year we have introduced a Market Stall area, we look forward to welcoming Tina’s hand painted homeware, Rocky & Kook, In Craft Corner, The Heart Of The Rose- Divine Crystal Essence, Holy Cow Home, Dead Universe Comics, Jordans Jewellers and a range of hats and dresses. The stalls are positioned beside the stream to the right of the main stage.
We, Aylesbury Town Council, will also be selling children’s light up toys, bubbles, head garlands and inflatable toys, all under £5 – come at see us at the “Meeting Point” marquee.
FOR YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY ……
Last year over 11,500 people, safely attended Live in the Park – part of Parklife Weekend. Due to the sheer number of people in the park we reminding you of the “rules” to ensure we keep everyone safe and comfortable.
Sun-shade domes (the type you get for the beach) are permitted (approx 1.2m high max).
Dogs are allowed at the event, as long as they are on a lead, under the control of their owner, not disturbing other visitors at the event and mess is cleared and disposed of appropriately.
You are permitted to bring your own food and drinks into the event.
Bars and catering facilities are available on site.
Smoking is allowed at the event, please be considerate of those around you and dispose of your butts in the bins provided.
NO to …….
Gazebos are not permitted, this is due to potential winds, obstructing views and trip hazards over guy ropes.
Glass is not permitted at Live in the Park. If you bring glass into the park you will be asked to decant the contents into another container.
Be responsible for your children at all times. Identity wrist bands are available at the “Meeting Point” desk.
We also have ear defenders available for you to borrow.
Please be aware that we have photographers on site taking promotional images, should you wish not to appear in any images please inform a member of staff at the “Meeting Point” desk.
♻️Dispose of all rubbish in the bins provided – we’ve got plenty of bin bags on site, we’ll happily give you a bag for all of your rubbish, just ask at the “Meeting Point” desk. No waste disposed of at the event will go to landfill. All waste will be recycled or used to generate power.
We advise you to travel by foot, use public transport or taxis to and from the event.
Town centre car parks are open 24hours a day, charges do apply. More information at https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/map-car-parks-aylesbury
STARS IN THE PARK
The first of our announcements is all about Stars in the Park. The amateur experts from UK Astronomy Events will be in the park (behind the main stage) from 10:15pm until 11:30pm for you to marvel and gaze at the night sky. They will have equipment and telescopes available for you use, alongside their extensive knowledge and guidance to learn more about the solar system and wider galaxy in which we live. Numbers will be limited for this event, controlled on the night. Children and vulnerable adults will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and anyone who is intoxicated or could cause harm to themselves, others or the equipment will not be permitted to take part.
In addition to the evenings Stars in the Park, UKastronomy will also be part of the CIA (Community Involvement Area) during the day at Live in the Park – part of Parklife Weekend. Here they will have special scopes for you to see the suns powerful spots and flares. This is a rare opportunity to gaze at the sun, so make sure you pop along to see the guys.