Three festivals for four weekends in Yate and Chipping Sodbury

May 31 2022
Three festivals for four weekends in Yate and Chipping Sodbury

CHIPPING Sodbury and Yate will host three festivals over the space of four weekends, with some well-loved events bouncing back from the pandemic.

Chipping Sodbury Festival

First to come is the Chipping Sodbury Festival, which will span two weekends between June 10 and June 19.

The festival was cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020 and made a limited return last year.

But its trademark Street Fayre and Carnival could not take place, and its return this year will give organisers Chipping Sodbury Lions Club a chance to belatedly celebrate their 50th anniversary, which fell last year, when the carnival had to be cancelled due to covid restrictions.

The carnival will take place on Saturday June 18, with stalls and displays in the town centre kicking off at 10am and the procession starting at 3pm.

A week earlier, on June 11, an innovation from last year's festival, Music in the Street, will take place from 6.45-11pm in Broad Street, which will be closed for the event.

Local band For the Record (pictured above) will be joined by Street Cred, Stapleton School of Dance and pirate entertainers Same Same but Different.

Throughout the festival a programme of cycle rides, competitions, talks and concerts at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall will be held, with other events at Goldney House.

For more details and tickets, visit chippingsodburyfestival.com.

 

Yate Rocks…in the Park

On June 25-26 Kingsgate Park in Yate will be the venue for the 15th Yate Rocks…in the Park Festival.

Returning after the pandemic, the first day of the free festival will feature music from Rose Bruford, Limited Edition, Beacon Rise, Longshots, Uncle Buck, Rugged Union, 51 Degrees and Dock Roc, performing alongside local dance groups including ROKH Dance, 5678 Dance, Burlesque Chair Dancing, Stapleton Dance Group, Redds Dance and Street Cred.

There will be stalls, activities and games at the event, which runs from midday to 8pm.

The following day from 10.30am-noon, the Praise in the Park event will include an outdoor service buy local churches.

In the afternoon, from 12.15-4.30pm, Picnic in the Park will include the Great Choir Showcase, a sing-along for choirs Raysfield School, Fascinating Rhythm, ChoirJam and Yate Community Choir.

Event director Robert Goodwin said: "We are delighted to be able to stage the Yate Rocks...In the Park festival for the Yate community this year, after two years of cancellations and restrictions imposed by the global covid pandemic."

 

Sodbury Fest

July 2 will see a one-day revival of the successful Chipping Sodbury Beer & Music Festival in its new guise as Sodbury Fest.

The 12-hour event at Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club's ground at the Ridings will run from 11am to 11pm, with music from Yasmine K-D, Decanter, Room 6, The Peppercorns, the Community Steel Band, Freeze, Street Cred, the FooPhonics, For The Record, and Liquor & Poker.

Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club has taken over the running of the festival from Yate Rotary Club, which organised it before the pandemic, and the music will have its traditional accompaniments of beer, cider, gin and food.

Festival music coordinator Nick Cragg said: “From a local singer-songwriter performing her debut album through a steel band providing Caribbean influences to an evening of rock anthems, it is promising to be a brilliant day with something for everyone.

"It will be great to get everyone back together again at this local event, after a few years when music events had to be cancelled.

"We are welcoming local food and drink producers and there will be a souvenir brochure of the event for people to buy.”

Tickets are on sale at www.ticketsource.co.uk/sodfest2022.