St Leonards Festival set to draw crowds

A scene from last year's festival. By: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY
A scene from last year's festival. By: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY

ST LEONARDS festival is set to return for its sixth year tomorrow (Saturday) promising fun for all the family.

Crowds of up to 14,000 people are expected to flock to Warrior Square Gardens, St Leonards, to enjoy live music, dance, food and drink, and a whole range of activities for children.

The festival, organised by the Gensing and Central St Leonards Community Forum, has received a wealth of support from the local community.

Vice chairman of the Forum, Sylvia Bennett, said: “It is really aimed at the community and families, and there has been a fantastic response from local people. Many really welcome the fact that it is an alcohol-free event, as it encourages a completely different atmosphere.

“We have been publicising the event with posters, and local residents and businesses have been giving programmes out.”

Highlights of the festival, which is to run from noon to 8pm, include a market with a variety of food, and art and craft stalls, acrobatics with Circus Acrojou’s Wheel House, and live music from mowtown to Indian song and dance.

As well as new entertainment, this year’s festival will see the return of several favourites, such as Gizmo, The Kytes, and Dende, who will be bringing their colourful Afro-Brazillian drumming and songs to the market and gardens.

For younger ones, the children’s marquee will entertain with print-making, drawing, paper seagull making, and a children’s mini olympics. The YMCA will be running activities such as extreme gymnastics for 11 to 16-year-olds.

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By Hannah Collisson