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Stroud District Council is looking for bands to complete the outdoor performances line-up this summer at Stratford Park in Stroud.

Already signed up for the Victorian bandstand are Stroud Area Wind Orchestra, Adelphi Dance Band and The Stroud Red Band. The Sunday afternoon events aim to be relaxed where families can gather on the lawns and enjoy time together.

The free-of-charge bandstand afternoons are open to all and everyone is welcome to bring a picnic and a blanket and take in the surroundings of Stratford Park.

Stratford Park is a 56-acre site with a superb offering of recreational activities – an arboretum with more than 800 trees, Stratford Park Leisure Centre, a miniature railway, a children’s play area and a bowling green.

Councillor Beki Aldam, Chair of SDC’s Community Services and Licensing Committee said: “After an extended break during the Coronavirus pandemic, Stratford Park is looking forward to reintroducing bands back to the bandstand again.

“We’re looking for a variety of music for people to listen to on a Sunday afternoon. The park can supply electricity and chairs but bands are welcome to bring their own generator, microphones and amplifiers if they own these. Ideally the music will be calm and bring a feelgood atmosphere to the event.”

Deputy Chair Trevor Hall added: “The grounds at Stratford Park offer a superb, natural setting for bands to amplify their talent.”   

The current bands that are playing this summer are listed below, with any Sunday dates not included being available for applications. The last Sunday the bandstand event will be running is 24 September. Bands will be paid a small donation.

25 June 2023 – Nailsworth Silver Band playing at the bandstand from 2.30pm – 4.30pm  

23 July 2023 – Stroud Area Wind Orchestra in the Park playing at the bandstand from 2pm – 4pm

30 July – no bands due to an outdoor theatre event (Hercules), at The Museum in the Park. Tickets can be purchased through IKP. Weather depending – check MITP’s website for more information.

6 August 2023 – The Stroud Red Band playing at the bandstand from 2.30pm – 4.30pm

3 September 2023 – Lydney Town Band playing at the bandstand from 2.30pm – 4.30pm

10th September 2023 – Adelphi Dance Band playing at the bandstand from 2.30pm – 4.30pm

For further information or to find out how a band can play at one of the events, please email stratfordpark@stroud.gov.uk

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