By Lewis Campbell
An annual date in the diary for Knowle West is Parkfest – a free arts festival held at The Park in Daventry Road.
This year’s event kicked off at midday with lots of families wandering through the numerous stands and activities – ranging from health awareness to graffiti art.
The weather had been forecast to be miserable but that didn’t deter residents from coming out in force to enjoy the event.
As well as stands from community organisations, there were different activities such as youth group StreetSpace, teaching people who to make t-shirts with vinyl press printing and The Park Sculpture Group gave everyone the chance to try out sculpting with clay.
With a grey cloud looming overhead, families were also treated to an upbeat and rousing performance from drumming group BATALA. The rain held off and the performance was a highlight of the afternoon for many.
One resident said “They’re just so much fun to watch. You can’t help but dance along!”
Local resident Karen said “I love watching those drummers! I can’t believe they play for half an hour – they must have so much energy!”
On the festival itself, another resident said: “It nice for families to come, especially with children, and have fun trying out things they might not have done before.”
Sam Carrier, Fundraising, PR and Marketing manager at The Park reflected on the afternoon: “It’s lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves. I’ve seen some old faces from last year but also many new faces too, which is really brilliant.”
For more information about activities at The Park visit www.theparkcentre.org.uk