Packed Summer programme for The Oval Bandstand and Lawns

Outdoor cinema Photo John Horton

A packed Summer programme has been announced for The Oval Bandstand in Cliftonville.

The venue, which is run by not-for-profit GRASS Cliftonville CIC,  will host music and family events, the night market returns and live wrestling shows will take place for the first time in 40 years.

GRASS is receiving funding of £500,000  from the Margate Town Deal to develop  The Oval Bandstand & Lawns to create a facility for 365 days of the year. The CIC took over the site through an asset transfer from Thanet council in 2021.

The massive Summer programme for this year includes 20 free-to-enter Summer Sundays concerts, 12  Cliftonville Night Markets, four outdoor cinema events, two outdoor theatre shows, live wrestling, Margate Pride, the Cliftonville Games and Margate’s first Mermaid Festival.

The night markets include street food, music, vintage, arts and crafts, and artisan goods. There is also live music. The markets are free entry.

The outdoor cinema screenings will be Erin Brockovich (May 12), Beetlejuice (June 9), Jaws (July 14) and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (August 11).

Clifonville Dog Show will be held on May 8, Mergate – the Margate Mermaid Festival is on June 3, the Cliftonville Games take place on August 26 and the Harvest Festival is on September 23.

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