PICTURES: St Leonards Festival brings out the town’s best

St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130049001
St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130049001

St Leonards was overtaken by an abundance of pop-up performances, aerial acrobatics, a poetry charabanc, craft workshops, prize winning dogs, live music, puppet shows at the weekend.

Featuring more than 40 events in and around town, residents and tourists alike joined together to be a part of the ‘fringe’ style St Leonards Festival featuring entertainment around every corner.

St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130512001

St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130512001

Attractions included a buzzing market on Kings Road and the Grand Parade, headed by Pickled Image’s very own grandma and mayor Judy Rogers, followed by drummers, baton twirlers, children’s charity Gizmo, school groups and more.

A spectacular show was seen by hundreds in St Leonards Gardens, with Limb2Limb’s promenade and an aerial acrobatic version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Another festival highlight was the ‘The Aunties’ who gave out advice and kindness to curious passers-by, eager to engage in some Abba-inspired therapy.

More spectacles included Folkdance Remixed and Carre Curieux who delighted crowds on the seafront and a dog show with around 100 dogs.

St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130607001

St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130607001

One Facebook user commented: “Thanks for putting together a great line up! There was something for everyone. The Aunties were a treasure and the dog show was a blast!”

There were positive comments about the increase in business over the weekend from venues such as Love Cafe who held a festival-themed disco on Saturday afternoon.

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St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130242001

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St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130010001

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St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130553001

St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130553001

St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130214001

St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130214001

St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130037001

St Leonards Festival 2016. Photo by Sid Saunders. SUS-161107-130037001