Encore for festival and fun day

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After attracting thousands of people into Boston’s Central Park last year, Boston College’s BC Park Fest is to the return next week.

Boston College held BC Park Fest last year to mark its 50th anniversary.

The music festival and family fun day proved a huge success, with more than 7,000 people attending throughout the day.

Next Saturday, the event returns.

Free to enter, it will include entertainment from live bands, DJs and performers, as well as stalls, food stands, a bar and children’s entertainment, such as bouncy castles and trampolines.

Katrina Gilbert, Boston College marketing manager and BC Park Fest event manager, said: “BC Park Fest ran for the first time last year to celebrate Boston College’s 50th anniversary and the success of the event was overwhelming with over 7,000 people attending.

“The positive feedback received last year showed us how much people enjoyed the event and so we are really pleased to be running BC Park Fest again this year.

“The event is designed to bring people together for a family fun day with music, activities and cultural experiences led by college staff and students, whilst showcasing fantastic local businesses.”

Boston’s Central Park will once again provide the venue for the event.

The festivities will run from 11am-6pm.

The main stage will host live performances from local bands, featuring current and ex-Boston College Music students, such as Time for 15, The Ultraviolet, The Vigilantes and The Rogues, as well as the popular local band CrossFire.

There will also be a Community Stage, with Boston Gymnastic Academy among the acts set to be featured.

Several local companies will be back by popular demand including Mountain’s Boston Sausage, The Lincolnshire Fryer, and Totally Sweet Retro Candy Bar.

Kay’s Kitchen will be serving vegetarian and vegan food, Feeling Fruity will be making smoothies and fruit kebabs, and ice creams will be provided Lincolnshire Ice Cream Company. There will also be a licenced bar.

East Midlands Leisure will be providing children’s entertainment with their bouncy castles, bungees, crocodile slide, and trampolines.

Pots of Fun will be bringing along pottery painting activities, fancy dress, and balloons.

Arkkidz will have a children’s craft stall.

Hand-made jewellery, gifts and crafts will be available to buy at The Bohemian Tribe’s stall.

At the Zombiedan Graffiti stand, visitors will be able to watch live graffiti art.

A number of charities will be there, including The Butterfly Hospice Trust which will be running a tombola/games stall.

For more information on the event, search ‘BC Park Fest 2016’ on Facebook or email bcparkfest@boston.ac.uk