Party in the Ponds is on the move after outgrowing Fishponds Park

March 02 2020
Party in the Ponds is on the move after outgrowing Fishponds Park

THIS year's Party in the Ponds will move from Fishponds Park to another venue – because it's been so successful.

Organisers say they didn't want to change the venue of the popular family-focussed event but had no choice after visitor numbers rocketed year after year.

A further reason is the planned arrival of play equipment in the park which will take over a bigger space when it's installed in April.

The Party in the Ponds committee decided the nearest green space which could accommodate the event would be in the field next to the play area at Vassals Park so are now waiting for Bristol City Council to approve the move.

The committee says it is unlikely the authority will turn down their request so are asking people to save the date - Saturday June 20, from 12-8pm.

The proposal is to hold the same style of event as last year's (pictured above) but with more room to party, more food and drink choices, more children’s activities, a larger Market Street and more stalls showcasing local organisations and charities.

Amanda Vinall, a member of the organising committee, said: “The fact that we've had to move is very positive. We didn't want to because it was such a fantastic atmosphere but, in a public park, you can't limit numbers.

We could have charged people to come in to keep numbers down but the logistics of doing that were going to be horrendous, plus we wanted to keep it free.

The nearest place we could move it to with more space is Vassals. It now means there will be twice as many stalls and we are trying to get twice as many food outlets. There were two bars last year but this year there will be three plus the Prosecco wagon is coming back.

There will be bigger things available like a helter skelter and, if all goes to plan, an inflatable bowling alley.”

Amanda said the committee has already booked reggae singer DaFuchaman, a Jamaican-born singer who lives in Mangotsfield, who proved a massive hit last year.

He has an eight-piece band and they were superb. The audience loved them so they will be headlining this year.

The rest of the entertainment has yet to be decided, it's something we're still working on.”

Amanda said the committee is hoping to hear from the council soon.

There's a limited amount we can do before the council says yes. The likelihood of them saying no is remote as they have been very co-operative.”

Anyone interested in running a stall should email vendors.partyintheponds@gmail.com stating what type of products you sell.