Blakers Park Community Picnic 2012

Nostalgia ain't what it will be

Saturday 16th June, 11.30am onwards

In years to come people will be remembering the 2012 Community Picnic and Summer Fair with a warm smile and a tear in their eye. That's because it's going to be the finest gathering of friends, families and neighbours enjoying themselves and it'll be happening in Blakers Park on Saturday 16th June - starting at 11.30am.

Some say the annual party is a wonderful local tradition. Others call it the ideal event to meet everyone you like, eating al fresco and listening to local musicians. Visitors tend to marvel at the array of diverse stalls selling clothes, foods and wine. Children head straight for the Bouncy Castle, the face painting and the big red Fire Engine.

Community games including tug-of-war, hoola hoops, spacehoppers and sack racing will help you to work up an appetite. While most bring their own picnic to spread out on the park's famously verdant pastures, there will also be a top notch BBQ and stalls selling more cakes than Eccles, Dundee and Pontefract put together.

At 11.30am the Varndean School Samba Band will launch the day by leading the funkiest and most percussive parade around Alderman Blaker's green and pleasant acres. By midday local musicians will be performing on stage and, shortly after 1pm, the excellent Brighton Mummers will enact one of their terribly good plays.

For the first time the stage is going to be under a big marquee, thanks to the generous support of Brighton & Hove City Council. And, as ever, the event is organised entirely by the Friends of Blakers Park in association with Stanford Avenue Methodist Church.

If you have never won a rub-on tattoo, hit a wooden clown on the nose with a mallet or bought a Blakers Park shopping bag, the Community Picnic and Summer Fair will fill those gaps in your experience. It will be convivially communal, perfectly picnicky, sumptuously summery and scrupulously fair.

Come to Blakers Park on Saturday 16th June to lay down some vivid memories, beginning at 11.30 am and lasting forever.

Max Glaskin


Posted: 27th of May 2012