Party in the Park: bringing the community together - whatever the weather ...

September 29 2017

Party in the Park 2017 was the biggest event yet, held in its 11th year with more attractions than ever, including a sports zone, tractor rides, zombies, glider flight simulator, crazy golf, food village (providing curries, pizza, falafels, savouries, barbecue), seven hours of live music and a huge firework display.

Party in the Park 2017 was the biggest event yet, held in its 11th year with more attractions than ever, including a sports zone, tractor rides, zombies, glider flight simulator, crazy golf, food village (providing curries, pizza, falafels, savouries, barbecue), seven hours of live music and a huge firework display.  

One of the most popular attractions was the “Bash the Car” where vehicle reg PITP2017 was destroyed!

Chris Drew, one of the organisers said: “After many years of trying we were delighted that the weather conditions during the early afternoon were calm which meant that the CJ Hole hot air balloon was able to provide tethered flights. It was quite a sight to see Party in the Park in full action with the backdrop of a huge balloon.”

Party in the Park was officially opened by local TV celebrity Katie Parrot from BBC Special Forces - Ultimate Hell week. This was followed by a cheque presentation to former England Cricket International and current Gloucestershire Cricket head coach Richard Dawson - the cheque representing the repayment of the English Cricket Board 10-year loan last month.

The live music started with an open mic session and was followed by guest bands - Scarlet Shocks, Brigstowe Village Band, Josh Parsons, The Woods, Fab 208 and Twin Arrow. The entertainment arena had Japanese Drummers, Henleaze and Clifton Tae Kwon-Do and Squadron 2442 Air Cadet Band. 

“The quality of entertainment throughout the day was tremendous,” said Chris Drew.

“Unfortunately, the British weather did play a part and just as the event was at its busiest we incurred a good hour of wet weather. Nevertheless we continued and we are delighted that many people stayed and braved the conditions - there was a large crowd huddled together in the big marquee taking cover from the elements whilst enjoying the teas and cakes on offer.  The crowd stayed to 8:20pm to watch a fantastic firework display which must have lasted some 20 minutes.”  

Party in the Park gets slightly bigger each year and it takes in excess of 120 volunteers to run. 

“There are so many parties to thank including volunteers, businesses, donations, local community who provided essentials such as power, all the entertainment acts. We would like to say that we could not run the event without your support. In particular I would like to thank CJ Hole for their vital support,” said Chris Drew.

“The aim of Party in the Park is to make sure that the community enjoy the use of the sports field which has now been secured for good. With the sports field dividing the districts of Henleaze, Bishopston and Horfield this is why we say that Party in the Park is “bringing the community together”.

“We hope everyone enjoyed the event, we will shortly start planning for next year!”