Enjoy a Parklife weekend for free

Visitors to Parklife enjoy the free food on offer
Visitors to Parklife enjoy the free food on offer

Parklife Weekend starts with Aylesbury’s answer to the Last Night of the Proms and continues the next day with open air worship followed by a free family day of fun that includes It’s A Knockout for the first time, free food and contemporary live music.

The fabulous annual event is provided for everyone by the town council and Aylesbury Church Network, writes Heather Jan Brunt.

Proms in the Park on Saturday August 30 will see Aylesbury Concert Band and singers including Alison Langer present a programme of classical and modern favourites in Vale Park.

Patrons can enjoy their picnics from 6.30pm before the concert starts at 7.15pm with a medley including Disney’s Frozen, Holst’s Jupiter and Proms favourites Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and British Sea Songs.

The theme this year incorporates reflections on the First World War and in the interval The LuLaLas will entertain with Alexander’s Ragtime Band and Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag.

The next day, Sunday August 31, Aylesbury Church Network will present an open air service from the stage from 10.30am through to noon.

The churches are then offering a day of fun to all families from noon through to 3.30pm that even includes a free barbecue and cakes.

And for the first time this year the We Are A Knockout company will attend to run team tournaments from 12.30-3.30pm.

Twelve teams including six to 10 people aged 15 or overhave already signed up, and should provide great entertainment for the crowds.

If you haven’t signed up and want to take part there will still be a chance to enter a team on the day, or do so right now by contacting datbam@gmail.com.

Other attractions on offer will include bouncy castles, craft activities and face painting.

As the fun day draws to a close the park will switch into festival vibe for the late afternoon and early evening.

Live music will be perfomred from the main stage from 4-8pm with a fantastic line up of super local talent.

Performers will include The Dung Beatles (Danny Prendergast, Mike Aston, Steve Hillier and Phil Toler); good time band The Notations with Jeanette Bennett will play the best in rock and blues; and back by popular demand Bustin’ Loose will close Parklife Weekend with their set from 7-8pm. They play a broad range of music from the Sixties to the current day.

There will be plenty of refreshments on offer including tasty food for sale and drinks from Aylesbury Brewhouse.