8 June in Alton Public Gardens 10:30am – 5:00pm
This year the Party in the Park will be celebrating the 17th Century Civil War Battle of Alton when over 7000 Roundheads and Cavaliers fought a day-long battle for control of the town ending with a fight to the death in St Lawrence Church where the battle scars can still be seen.
‘17th Century Life and Times’ will establish a living history camp in the Public Gardens that will include a mixture of artisans, strolling players, camp followers and military personnel. These re-enactors will display and use a range of talents and paraphernalia including military activities with lively skirmishes, exciting sword ‘play’ and drill displays with muskets and pole arms.
In addition the day will include lots of other family entertainment including Charlie the Clown, Twistopher Punch & Judy and Puppet shows, live bands and Junior Morris displays.
The Park will be filled with stalls from local organisations and charities providing fun, games and displays including a ride on model steam railway.
There will be lots of refreshments to help keep your energy up including BBQ, a Tea & Cakes Tent, a Beer Tent and Ice Cream.
This year the event will be opened by the Mayors and Lion Presidents from Alton and Alton’s Italian Twin Town of Montecchio Maggiore with a ceremonial guard provided by ‘17th Century Life & Times’.
The Party in the Park is designed to raise funds for the young disabled people at Treloar’ School and College and enables other local organisations to raise their profile of, and funds for their individual causes.
Entry to the event is free and purchase of a programme is advised.