Enticement were one of several great bands who kicked up a storm on stage

Bloxwich partied in the park!

Party Banner outside the National School

Last year’s Olympic Torch Relay through Bloxwich concluded with the wonderful Party in the Park which was organised to complement that event by Bloxwich Business Partnership working with Walsall Council and other groups.

With that party being such a massive success, organiser Nikki Rolls  put together another pulse-pounding day of live music and family fun with the same partners for this year, and although there was no torch to bring in thousands from miles around this time, last Saturday’s Bloxwich Party in the Park was still popular – and great fun for all the family, as this special photo feature will show!

Loads of stalls for all
Loads of stalls for all

There was:

  • Live music.
  • Dance arena
  • Children’s rides including inflatables and go karts.
  • Summer stalls.
  • Display arena.
  • Picnic area.
  • Puppet shows.
  • Summer donkey rides.
  • Free face painting.
  • Free balloon modelling.
  • PLUS stiltwalker ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’.
Hidey-High - what's the weather like up there? "Great!"
Hidey-High – what’s the weather like up there? “Great!”

As well as all this, there was also a great live music programme, centred on Walsall Council’s mobile stage truck, and bands on stage included: West Coast Blues, Owd Yer Hosses, Becky’s Band (folk), Grey Goose Blues Band,The Jimmy Band (acoustic folk), Scarbelly Blues Band,G Bag/Stash (Hip Hop band), Enticement (an excellent function type band), and last but not least sixties-style covers band Owamya.

Not quite Glastonbury - but there's great music and no mud!
Not quite Glastonbury – but there’s great music and no mud!

The event ran between 10am – 4pm in Bloxwich Park, off High Street, and admission was free.

The Party in the Park got off to a slow start, but by lunchtime Bloxwich Park was buzzing and the rides and Pinxton’s Puppet show were charming the kiddies while the young people and adults were making a bee-line for the bands who played great music throughout the day.  There was even an Italian Market!

A ton of fun with rides, inflatables and bungee bouncing!
A ton of fun with rides, inflatables and bungee bouncing!

With the mobile library on hand and a wide range of charity, food and business stalls there was plenty to see and do for all the family – including a giant Meerkat who managed to escape the Children’s Society stall, a balloon-twisting stiltwalker and those wild, wacky and welcoming Event Marshals from Bloxwich Business Partnership who worked all day for free!

PHOTOS

For selected pictures of this year’s event, taken by Stuart Williams of The Bloxwich Telegraph, see a few examples above and below – and follow the link below for more than a hundred high-resolution downloadable photos (including those shown here) for all to see!

Bloxwich Party in the Park 2013 Photo Album

You can get more information on what’s happening with Bloxwich Business Partnership and local events by checking out the Bloxwich Town Centre Facebook page, where you can also contact Nikki Rolls or you can telephone her on 01922 654324.

Troy and Steve from the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix on their book stall
Troy and Steve from the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix on their book stall
The lovely ladies of The Tan Shop anticipating some summer sun
The lovely ladies of The Tan Shop anticipating some summer sun
The friendly staff of the Delhi takeaway in Bloxwich were serving up some hot stuff to party-goers!
The friendly staff of the Delhi takeaway in Bloxwich were serving up some hot stuff to party-goers!
You have to have a sense of humour in Bloxwich - and these marshals had it in spades!
You have to have a sense of humour in Bloxwich – and these marshals had it in spades!

Pretty as a picture in the facepainting tent!
Pretty as a picture in the face-painting tent!
The Slimming World team were ready to help you lose weight
The Slimming World team were ready to help you lose weight
It was Scooby-Doo or Scooby-Dip at the St Giles Walsall Hospice tombola!
It was Scooby-Doo or Scooby-Dip at the St Giles Walsall Hospice tombola!
Young Billy Wright lends a hand at the WS3 the tombola as Kath and Maurice Phillips look on
Young Billy Wright lends a hand at the WS3 the tombola as Kath and Maurice Phillips look on
It's keep on trucking for the kiddies with this unusual inflatable!
It’s keep on trucking for the kiddies with this unusual inflatable!
A real boy racer shows off some hot wheels on the go-karts
A real boy racer shows off some hot wheels on the go-karts
It's a storm-in-a-teacup for this young lady!
It’s a storm-in-a-teacup for this young lady!
These jolly donkeys aren't in Derby - they're in Bloxwich!
These jolly donkeys aren’t in Derby – they’re in Bloxwich!
Aleksander - or was it Sergei? - of The Children's Society wanted to borrow a book from Annie Wood of Walsall Mobile Libraries...
Aleksander – or was it Sergei? – of The Children’s Society wanted to borrow a book from Annie Wood of Walsall Mobile Libraries…
2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones took time out to rediscover the Bloxwich Anvil Stones
2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones took time out to rediscover the Bloxwich Anvil Stones
Things were looking lively on the Mirus Academy stall
Things were looking lively on the Mirus Academy stall
This little lady showed everyone how to party in the park!
This little lady showed everyone how to party in the park!
Pinxton's Puppets were Particularly Popular in the Park!
Pinxton’s Puppets were Particularly Popular in the Park!
Enticement were one of several great bands who kicked up a storm on stage
Enticement were one of several great bands who kicked up a storm on stage
All pictures by Stuart Williams
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