Free summer fun at east Manchester’s biggest annual event - MIDAS

Free summer fun at east Manchester’s biggest annual event

Thousands of people are expected to head down to Philips Park in Clayton in east Manchester on Sunday 2 August for the annual summer Party in the Park event.

As part of the event, New East Manchester’s Seeds of the East festival will take place all afternoon from 12pm – 4pm offering a host of family-friendly activities with a ‘Grow Your Own’ theme. This year’s programme includes two gardening themed children’s shows, craft workshops where children can create a festival hat to wear, decorate a pot, make a kite or turn a recycled tin can into a clock and the chance to plant up a wheelbarrow.

There are will also be strolling theatre performances, All FM Music stage with CBeebies’s star, Jelly, live on stage, pedal powered smoothie making, fancy dress vegetable obstacle course races and an opportunity to learn circus skills.

Friends of Philips Park will be selling food and drink to raise money for the park. Manchester Leisure, part of Manchester City Council that manages parks, has arranged a large children’s funfair. And a City in the Community team from Manchester City FC will provide football coaching for youngsters.

Sean McGonigle, Deputy Chief Executive at New East Manchester, said: “This is the 7th year we’ve held this event and it’s always one of the most popular, with 4,000 people attending last year. As well as being a fun day out, the Seeds of the East festival gives people the chance to find out about growing their own food and flowers and get some tips from experts. Growing your own fruit and vegetables helps save money and encourages healthy eating as well as being fun for all the family. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever and we hope as many local people as possible make it down to have fun and join in the free activities.”

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council’s Executive member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Party in the Park offers something for all the family and the chance to enjoy a great day out in a beautiful setting. The event gets bigger and better every year and I’m sure this year will be a great success.”

Spectators can also watch competitors in the second 5km Urbanathlon finish the course in the main field at Philips Park.

Source: New East Manchester

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