Abbeyfield Community Festival is back Sunday 31st July

Abbeyfield Festival 2010 - Emily Haimeed
Abbeyfield Festival 2010. Photo by Emily Haimeed.

Story by Lyn Brandon, Friends of Abbeyfield Park

The Friends of Abbeyfield Park (FOAP) Committee are organising a community festival to be held on Sunday 31st July, 12noon to 6.00pm.

Meetings of the Festival Organising Committee are open to anyone who has an interest in getting involved. The size and activities will depend on how much funding we can secure but we plan to keep it manageable, with a local focus, reflect the cultural diversity of our area, and family friendly. Some of our ideas include:

Music, Dance and Performance:

We plan to organise a stage and PA for local musicians, dancers, and performers, we would be really interested to hear from local groups/performers/dance groups etc if you would like a spot on the stage at the festival


There will be a space for community stalls and local information. Booking forms for stalls will be available in next couple of weeks.


We plan to have a limited number of food stalls, providers will need to have current food hygiene certificates etc, again we will send further details nearer the time.

Volunteers and Stewarding:

FAOP are working with Reach-Up to help organise a team of volunteers to help with preparation and stewarding on the day. Qualified 1st Aiders are also needed. Please let us know if you can help.

Children’s Activities:

A group of volunteers are leading on children’s activities, again please let us know if you are interested in making this happen. Some Ideas include:

  • Large paintings done on cardboard by artists and the public, to be hung in the trees or exhibited on the walls within Abbeyfield house.
  • Very large hot wheels toy cars track, going down the hills in the park. Track to be decorated with buildings little cardboard trees and whatever people want to make.
  • Birds with counterweighted wings of all sizes hanging from the trees.
  • Slide going down a hill.
  • Parachute activities,
  • Beat the goalie,
  • T-shirt painting,
  • A sand pit.

Pitsmoor Pickers are planning a community litter pick with litter pickers from across the city finishing with a litter free picnic in the park.

Success of the festival will depend on the people of Burngreave coming together to make this happen, so please get in touch if you can help or have ideas.

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