THERE is now just a week to go to this year’s Bromsgrove Carnival.
The three-day extravaganza opens next Friday (July 8) with outdoor cinema at Sanders Park. This year’s screening is Dirty Dancing which starts at 9.30pm when the sun goes down. As well as the show, there will also be a funfair, refreshments and a real ale bar. Residents are urged to take along their picnic chairs and blankets. The film is free but there is a suggested donation of £2 to cover costs. Dirty Dancing is a certificate 15 and not suitable for children under that age.
Next Saturday (July 9), the carnival parade will begin at midday from Artrix, travelling from there to Sanders Park, via the High Street. With the Olympics being held in Rio, this year’s parade will have a Brazillian theme, with dancers, bands and groups young and old turning the town centre into the Copacabana.
Sarah Jayne Upton from the Bromsgrove School of Dance “We’re very excited to be part of the Bromsgrove Carnival Parade this year. There will be 48 dance students performing to Rio Carnival style music through the High Street and into Sanders.
“We think that Carnival fits well with our ethos of fun for all ages and abilities and were all looking forward to a fantastic day out.”
There are still spaces for groups and clubs to take part in the procession – interested parties should e-mail organiser Natalie Holland at email@example.com or enter on the day before 11.30am.
At Sanders Park, there will be more than 40 carnival stalls and a full programme of musical entertainment from 1pm to 7pm, along with the Wilson’s funfair.
And on Saturday evening, there will be the Timberhonger 10k and Children’s Challenge races.
More than 600 runners are expected to take on the challenging 10k course, famous for its numerous hills and friendly atmosphere. The race starts at 6pm
Ahead of the adult’s race at 5pm is the ever popular Children’s Challenge fun run. In the safe confines of Sanders Park, the young athletes will compete in three age groups cheered on by the Gala crowds to race to the finish line to receive their special Carnival medals.
The Timberhonger 10k is sold-out but children can enter the fun run on the day from 3.30pm. Visit www.timberhonger10k.co.uk for more.
There will be road closures in Bromsgrove Town Centre next Saturday from midday to 1pm to allow the carnival parade to pass and then Whitford Road, Timberhonger Lane, Berry Lane and New House Lane will be closed for the Timberhonger 10k between 6pm and 7.30pm.
And next Sunday there will be a host of stalls in Sanders Park and the funfair will be there for a third day.
Visit bromsgrovecarnival.org or search for ‘Bromsgrove Carnival’ for more information.