Events in 2009

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Christmas Party

29 Nov

Possibly our busiest ever Christmas Party in the Lakeside Centre. Santa was in his grotto, all the children were busy making all kinds of thing and the lights on the tree were pedal powered! We were also treated to some music sung by the Gospel Choir from the Seventh Day Adventist Church on nearby Wilbraham Road.
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Bonfire Night

05 Nov

A very busy bonfire night, with the usual funfair and spelndid firework display.

Unfortunately, after some heavy rain, wellies were the must-have item this year!
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Dashehra Diwali Mela

03 Oct


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National BMX Series (Rounds 7 & 8)

08 Aug - 09 Aug

BMX riders from around the country (and their families) turned up at Platt Fields for a weekend of rapid fire BMX racing. The weather was great and this relatively new feature of the park hosted its first really big event.

I'm no expert on the sport but the atmosphere was great and there certainly seemed to be a lot of people (of all ages) doing a lot of racing and having a lot of fun.
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Skyride

02 Aug

Platt Fields acted as one of the "hubs" for cyclists to meet prior to travelling en masse into the centre of Manchester for the main Skyride event. Although there were not many activities focussed on the hubs the Friends had a stall in the park to meet the cyclists.

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Mega Mela

25 Jul - 26 Jul

Fantastic Saturday and rainy Sunday … but the show still went on. Saturday saw thousands of families from as far as Glasgow and Croyden enjoying the clothing markets, music stores, food from across the Asian sub-continent - with a popular new addition, a Malaysian food stall - and live music and dance. Special for this year were the Bolton based Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Piping Band , playing Scottish music in kilts and sporrans; the Kawa Indian Circus (who had wowed everyone at Feast earlier in the summer) and a showcase of young Asian-Mancunian talent from Contact. Sunday … a bit of a washout but people still came. The tents came into their own.
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Mad Ferret Festival

12 Jun - 13 Jun

Another sunny weekend of fun!

Originally aimed at post-exam students, this year the festival was moved to a weekend so everyone could enjoy the fun.

Mad Ferret seems to have a Tardis-like effect on the "showfields" area of Platt Fields. With the huge number of acts and stands it was possible to wander the smaller tents all day and never know what expect next. There were some high profile headline acts, most notably Roots Manuva and The Streets on Saturday night, but these were predictably busy. The high quality of the smaller bands playing elsewhere (many of them local) often meant that by trying something new it was possible to get up close to some great music.

At £55 for two days, some local residents felt this was expensive compared to some of the great free events we are lucky to get in Platt Fields, but considering the variety and quality of music (not to mention all the other entertainment) Mad Ferret was certainly worth a look.
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FEAST!

05 Jun - 07 Jun

The FEAST! organisers were unfortunate with the weather this year. This is particularly sad because this was apparently the last FEAST! we are likely to see in Platt Fields.

While the quality of the acts and music was as good as ever, the rain meant that the numbers were considerably lower than in previous years, but those of us that did turn up discovered that although the idea of picnicing wasn't as enticing, it was still easy to have a great time enjoying the wandering artists and the music on the stages.

Anyone that stayed at home missed out!
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Neighbours Day

27 May

A party afternoon with food and games, to welcome our users from near (and far!) The weather was not great in the morning, so we only attracted around 30 people with their children – we had been hoping for 100 (were we far too optimistic?!) We especially targeted Somali families many of whom who are still unwilling to come to the park with their children – and several hardy mothers and kids joined us, in spite of the blustery weather. We had some great scooter races, giant chess, food and musical games. We asked people to mark where they lived on a large map of the immediate area.
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I Bike Mcr Weekend

28 Mar - 29 Mar

Everything bikes … we started as we mean to go on. A giant bike mural was undertaken over the day, along with bike races, bicycle ballet, maintenance classes, BMX biking, bike polo .. and everything else besides. And on Sunday manchester’s first "kidikal mass" - 60 kids and their parents on a (somewhat damp) ride round the park and along the Fallowfield loop.

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Leap into Spring/Holi Festival

15 Mar

Wonderful sunny afternoon that attracted several hundred people to a variety of spring activities. Groups planted seeds, made Easter nests (containing chocolate eggs), decorated large and small eggshells and made assorted crafts ... but the undoubted highlight of the day was taking part in the Hindu Festival of Holi (playing with colour) - several hundred of us, of all ages, religions and backgrounds, painting each other with brightly coloured dry powder paint and dancing... a giant human art gallery. Entertainment provided by Indian singers, dancers and drummers.
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