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Visitors encouraged to summer events

By Connor Steel

GOSPORT BOROUGH COUNCIL have encouraged residents to continue enjoying their summer ‘Arts in the Park’ programme that aims to bring music and entertainment into the Borough’s parks, with the opening four events proving popular for both families and locals since a special calendar was launched just ten days ago.

Events held to date include the ‘Sounds of Summer’ at Oxstall Meadows in Grange, ‘Colour the Changes’ at Elson Recreation Ground alongside others such as ‘Poems we made from words we found in the bin’ within Leesland Park and ‘Will & When: Our Garden” which was led by Commotion Dance in the Bridgemary Park.

And there is plenty more for everybody to enjoy until mid-September, regardless of their age or gender with activities suitable for all. Over sixty events will be held between September 9 and 18 as part of a big annual Gosport Heritage Open Days calendar, with all booking forms and further information available via this link.

Three events are scheduled to take place before September 9 however, with the first one being ‘Little Lights Concerts’ located at Bridgemary Park. As advertised two sessions will begin at 10am and 1pm promptly this Saturday (August 27), which will offer all ages to start their Bank Holiday with musical family entertainments.

September 1 will see an event entitled ‘Flutes and Frets’ at Stanley Park from 6:30pm, whilst the same place is scheduled to host the ‘Bell Orchestra: Beautiful Creatures Theatre just two days later. This is set to start at 2:30pm and run for approximately three hours before finishing at 5:30pm according to many official posters.

The summer Arts in the Parks programme will be followed on September 17 by the Gosport Brouhaha, which has been called “a celebratory parade of performers and colourful costumes as well as free entertainment”. It has been funded from Historic England, as part of a Gosport’s High Street Heritage Action Zone programme.

Whilst the Brouhaha is due to take place in Walpole Park (near the town centre), The Give it a Go Festival will be taking place on the same day on Stoke Road. This will allow visitors the chance to see craftspeople and artists at work before having a go at trying a new skill, like calligraphy or weaving, with events merging.

Cllr Peter Chegwyn, Leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: “We’ve got a fantastic programme of events coming up over the summer in Gosport. The free Arts in the Parks events will bring our open spaces to life with creativity and magic for the whole family – we hope you’ll find something to delight and inspire you (all)!”

He added: “Over the summer there will be lots of opportunities for people to get out & about, try new things & celebrate our wonderful community & heritage in Gosport – including free activities for young people through our Summer Passport programme, Gosport Heritage Open Days and community fairs, festivals and fetes.”

Readers can see the ‘Arts in the Park’ calendar by clicking this poster; whilst some further information about visitors registering their free place can be seen here although this is not mandatory for most events. Details about all events, attractions and activities in the borough through summer can be seen at Discover Gosport.

PICTURED BY GOSPORT BOROUGH COUNCIL: Visitors enjoy Beautiful Creatives Theatre event in borough.

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