September 22nd, 2016

All the fun of the Carnival and more is on its way to Redditch

All the fun of the Carnival and more is on its way to Redditch All the fun of the Carnival and more is on its way to Redditch
Wayanns’ Rochelle Crossfield, Britannie Crossfield and Olivene Hall bring a taste of the Caribbean to the Bandstand Festival. Photo by Marcus Mingins 3715025MMR
Updated: 10:21 am, Sep 16, 2015

A CHILDREN’S fancy dress parade with the chance to win £500 worth of travel vouchers, live music and an opportunity to try out bhangra dancing are among the delights on offer from this year’s Bandstand Community Festival.

The annual event is on Saturday, September 19 around the bandstand on Church Green between midday and 4pm and promises to be a celebration of Redditch’s diverse culture.

Mouthwatering morsels from Poland, the Caribbean and Asia will be available to tuck into as well as some British classics from The Stables Farm Shop in Astwood Bank. Fay Yeng, of Yum Tum Club, will be putting on food demonstrations with free samples to tempt the tastebuds.

Local Brownies will be serving up tea, youngsters can test out their artistic skills at a workshop run by local artist Steve Pound and there will be dance workshops on offer too.

The day will also feature a series of live performances from Samba band Someone at the Door, Alcester Musical Theatre Company, Otis Irie and many more.

As an added bonus to this year’s event , Wilson’s Fun Fair will be in town and to mark the occasion owner Tommy Wilson, together with Redditch Town Centre Partnership, is offering £500 worth of travel vouchers to the winner of the best costume in the children’s fancy dress parade.

The contest is open to those aged 12 and under and starts at 3pm on Church Green. The stars of Frozen and other Disney classics will also be making an appearance.

Sue Yeng, one of the event’s organisers, said: “The Community Bandstand event has grown in popularity year after year and with the fair in town this year it looks set to be the biggest and best yet. There is so much for people to see and do I hope as many people as possible come to enjoy the entertainment on offer.”

The fair arrives in the town centre on Thursday and runs from 1pm to 10pm on the Thursday and Friday and from 11am to 10pm on the Saturday.