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Penarth Festival Week. It’s all Here!


Penarth Summer Festival and Carnival Day is almost here! As well as Carnival Day on 9th July, the Festival, from 7th to 17th July, has a wide variety of activities and entertainment for everyone.

Children’s rides and funfair

From 1pm. No celebration would be complete without funfair rides, trampolines, stalls and sweets for the children. Vale Amusements, who have supported the Summer Festival for many years, will provide the entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening.

Donkey rides

Calling all children … from 1pm the clifftop will host the ever popular donkey rides that have long been a favourite of the Summer Festival, along with a police dog display. After the Parade the Classic Cars will park on the grass verge by the cliff path for inspection from 1.45pm. Get your cameras ready!

Take to the air

Spectacular aircraft displays are lined up for Carnival Day. There will be a display from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight including the breathtaking Spitfire and the spectacular Lancaster Bomber PA474, of which there are only two left in the world.

The Spitfire is one of the most recognisable and famous aircraft in the world and remained in RAF front-line service up to 1954.

Come and see these historic aircraft at the Esplanade from 1.30pm (during the Spitfire and Lancaster displays the Pier will need to be evacuated). A SAR Sea-King helicopter, of the kind piloted by HRH the Duke of Cambridge, will also be on show with our own RNLI lifeboat team to entertain the crowds on the esplanade.

Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy shows will take place on the Pier from 2pm. There will be three shows each 25minutes long so make sure you check the times of the shows on the Pier.

Carnival Day diary

Carnival Day returns to the Esplanade on 9th July, from 1pm. There are so many activities, from the wonderfully colourful Pirate Parade including classic cars, walking bands, uniformed organisations and Penarth’s most exuberant characters to water skiing and Spitfire displays and, of course, the famous donkey rides, Downhill Derby and funfair.

The Parade, led by the Town Crier, will leave West House (home to the Town Council) at 12.45pm and travel along Stanwell Road, Bradenham Place, Hickman Road, Windsor Road, through the Town Centre, Windsor Terrace to Beach Hill and on to the Esplanade, where the Town Mayor will open the Carnival Day celebrations.

From 1pm Bro Radio will host the Summer Festival Radio Roadshow from the stage in front of the Italian Gardens. The Samba Band, Copthorne Singers and Seren will delight the crowds with their showtime songs. Later in the day some fantastic local and hugely popular bands, Motive, Funhouse and The Woods, will play into the evening up to the fireworks from the Pier.

Water ski display

Penarth Water Ski Club will again wow the crowds with their unique and exciting display routines at 2.30pm. What will they have up their wetsuit sleeves this year?

Downhill Derby

The adrenalin-soaked Downhill Derby will take place on Cliff Hill from 4.30pm. This year’s event will again be captured on video and can be viewed via the Town Council’s new website at www.penarthtowncouncil.gov.uk

Eats and drinks

All the day’s food and refreshments will be provided by local traders, so you can choose a cone of chips on the pier, barbecue food from Mediterraneo, delicious treats from The Fig Tree or one of the food stalls on the promenade.

Art on the Clifftop

The Clifftop Artists, who have been part of the Summer Festival for more than 36 years, will again display their paintings along the clifftop path from 7th to 17th July, throughout the whole Festival period.

Free buses

Look out for the two FREE buses (vintage and open top) throughout the day on Carnival Day. The buses will pick up passengers on a ‘hail and ride’ basis, where it is safe to stop.

Route: Penarth Pier, Marine Parade, Raisdale Road, Augusta Road, Lavernock Road, Cornerswell Road, Stanwell Road, Town Centre (Windsor Terrace), Windsor Road, Cogan Leisure Centre and return.

Youth Event

L8R is back, with marquees, bands, food and drink in the grounds of the Kymin, Beach Road, Penarth, 6pm to 10.30pm. Everything is free, including entry. Dance to the music, get involved, relax in the grounds and enjoy.

NB: Admission is for ages 13 to 18.

Festival fireworks

Carnival Day ends with the wonderful fireworks display off the end of the Pier. The Fireworks will start at 10pm and are best viewed from the Esplanade.

If you would like more details of the events on Carnival Day or the activities throughout the Summer Festival please contact Keri Hutchings (event organiser) at khutchings@penarthtowncouncil.gov.uk

or look at the Events page on the Council’s new website at www.penarthtowncouncil.gov.uk


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