This annual summertime celebration in Woking Park, which is free to attend, offers a packed programme of family entertainment and fun activities for children.
Attracting upwards of 10,000 visitors throughout the day, crowd-pullers include Wimbledon Championship action on the big screen, live music to swing along to, thirst-quenching craft beers, a sizzling hot food village and a carefully curated selection of street theatre and dance.
Entering its eighth year, Party in the Park provides a platform for local talent and aims to encourage participation by introducing partygoers to new activities and local groups. As well as parading around the park at midday with carnival band, UDM Samba, top of the list of things to try this year are slacklining (tightrope walking on a suspended line of webbing), and Tokyo 2020 Olympic sport, skateboarding! You can learn a kickturn or pop an ollie on a mobile mini-ramp with help from the pros at Mount Hawke – helmet and knee-pads provided!
Festival organiser, Riëtte Thomas, Celebrate Woking Manager at Woking Borough Council, said: “This year Party in the Park is going back to its roots. On 6th July, visitors can expect a celebration of all the things we love in Woking and are proud of, plus an eclectic mix of things to see and do across four distinct areas.
“Each year we add new content to the programme to keep the format fresh, to appeal to new audiences but most importantly, to ensure there’s something for everyone at Party in the Park so that we can bring communities together.
“The gravity-defying displays of urban sports will appeal to thrill-seekers young and old, we’re adding more music as requested, and there’s a particular focus on the environment this year. We’re also very excited to be working with one activity provider whose workshops we already know, will be the highlight of Party in the Park 2019.”
In a change to the usual line-up, this year the Main Stage will be dedicated to live performances from professional and big name acts. Headliners announced so far include Britain’s Got Talent finalists, Old Men Grooving, Glimmer Theatre’s raucous Cabareilidh, and singing sensation, Motown Gold Frontline. Local favourites, The Farleys, return to the park after their 2012 debut to fly the flag for home-grown talent.
With everything from Punch and Judy to a whirling urban astronaut floating 20ft up in the air, it’s easy to understand why Party in the Park was voted by Essential Surrey as one of the “best, unmissable events” of 2019. And for added feel good factor, this year’s event concludes with a free outdoor screening of everyone’s favourite, The Greatest Showman.