Final curtain for Wanstead festival which ‘brought community together’

PUBLISHED: 17:52 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:52 13 July 2016

Activities at Music in Wanstead Park

Activities at Music in Wanstead Park


A festival which has been running for 17 years will take place for the last time on Saturday after organisers felt it was getting too expensive and said it was “time for a change”.

Young people danicingYoung people danicing

Thousands of people have enjoyed the annual Music In Wanstead Park event, which showcases performances from a range of genres and influences.

Organisers, Aldersbrook Family Association (AFA) spend half the year planning the festival, which exhibits family stalls and activities, but the group confirmed this year’s event will be the last big show.

AFA event manager Gill James said it was emotional and an “end of an era”, but the fact it had lasted so long was a big success.

“Things have got more expensive and things have got more complicated to do with all the new regulations with health and safety,” she added.

Bluegrass band Foghorn Leghorn play to the crowdsBluegrass band Foghorn Leghorn play to the crowds

“We will be looking at how to run a series of smaller events in the future but it is early days.”

Doors will open earlier than normal at Wanstead Park, Northumberland Avenue, to fit as much in to the last show as possible.

Between 1pm and 9pm, visitors can listen to the London School of Samba, move to the beats from dance band Grooveability and be entertained by Mr Alexander’s Travelling Show.

Stalls will be selling refreshments and crafts, and visitors are encouraged to bring a glass–free picnic.

Visitors listening to the musicVisitors listening to the music

As well as climbing wall Spider Mountain, there will be acts and activities including Crazy Bikes, Rollapaluza static bike racing, live snakes and ferrets, and the Kinovan showing vintage London films.

“It has been lovely to have an event that brings the whole of the community together in a beautiful place,” said Mrs James.

The event Music in Wanstead Park takes place on Saturday, 1pm to 9pm, at Wanstead Park, Northumberland Avenue.

Entry is £10 for adults, £5 for children and under fours go free.

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