Council plan 2 day festival in Crowborough

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Crowborough Town Council is planning to stage a weekend-long entertainment and music event next Summer, to incorporate the usual annual Summer Fair.

Last night (Tuesday 5th), Councillors on the Communications and Events Committee budgeted up to £60,000 for “CrowFest”.

Over the past two years, the Council’s events have had to be cancelled because of Covid lockdown restrictions and uncertainty planning mass gatherings. The money that went unspent from cancelled events been set aside in earmarked reserves to fund the event.

“CrowFest” would take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July from 2pm to 9pm (each day) at Goldsmiths Recreation Ground.

The proposal document outlines the types of entertainment and the potential costs involved. The Summer Fair usually attracts 5-6,000, therefore officers think it would be reasonable to assume the two-day event would be attended by 10,000 people.

The event would be free to attend, but donations towards the Mayor’s charities could be encouraged. The idea is to bring the community back together after what has been a difficult time during the pandemic:

This event will bring people from all backgrounds and cultures together. There will be something for everyone to enjoy on these two days whether it’s just to enjoy music from a sun lounger or to enjoy shopping from the local pop-up stalls.

Crowfest, will be a great opportunity for local business to display and sell their products. Many small businesses like these have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. The expected large footfall will greatly contribute to these businesses, as well as boost the wider local economy. Its also important to remember the positive influence an event like this can have on the local community and everyone’s wellbeing.

Events Report

The plan is for there to be a large stage where a wide range of bands will perform throughout the day into the evening, including music suitable for all ages.

There will be various themed zones. The running track will be turned into a market, with space for about 60 stalls from local groups and businesses. Inside the running track will be a children’s activities area. There will also be the usual arena where a wide range of performers will demonstrate their skills and capabilities throughout the day.

Other Events

The Committee also considered the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and what event to hold to mark Her Majesty’s 70th year on the throne.

This year’s fireworks display on Friday 5th November will be accompanied by Bond themes. This last happened in 2015 when Spectre was released. A proposal to change the layout (where the fireworks would be set-off and the viewing area) to reduce the risk of debris falling on people was considered. In light of concerns about the exit route via the Pilmer Road, officers were asked to re-open discussions with the company which organises the display.


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