PEOPLE in the Park is back in Salisbury this weekend with organisers promising it will be "even bigger and better".

The community event, organised by Salisbury Transition City (STC), is being held in Queen Elizabeth Gardens tomorrow (Saturday September 18) from 11am to 7.30pm.

This year, it features additional stalls, stages and entertainment, and a longer running time.

Bradley Thompson, co-director of STC, says the team are setting up ready for the community event and adds: "This year we are going bigger and better. We've got two stages."

This includes a youth stage, which is new for this year, and will also be powered by a bicycle generator.

"I'm really excited for the people, it is one of these things where there is all these great community groups everywhere and we get everyone in the same place all at once. It like a little bit of magic - everyone is having a great time and it's really fun. That's the bit I like the most," added Bradley. 

"People in the Park was so brilliant last year and such a great way to say thank you to the community for all the amazing things that people were getting together to achieve, especially during such a difficult time.

"We can’t wait to see you all there.”

There is a programme of live music, entertainment, poetry and talks from a wide range of community, sustainability, and environmental groups. 

All of this will be performed on and around two eco- friendly powered stages.

The new ‘youth stage’ is for young local acts to gain an audience, and hopefully a following.

In addition to this there will be screenings of short films about Salisbury and flashmob performances popping up throughout the day as well as acitivities for children including face painting.

"There is so much for everyone - we've got stuff for the kids and adults, drawing competitions, reflexology and massage and all that kind of stuff. Whoever you are you are going to have a blast."

People in the Park will feature many opportunities to hear, learn and discuss community, environmental and sustainability issues. Key local politicians will be presenting their views and policies and then hosting Q & A sessions.

Bradley said: "It is not an event to try and make people go green or anything like that but it is trying to emphasise you can have a really good time while thinking about the planet and minimising your carbon footprint."

Entry is free, and the event is supported by Salisbury City Council and Wiltshire Council.


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