Queen’s Park Day 2015 will take place on Sunday, 13th September
QPARA member Mike Bailey wrote about last year’s Queen’s Park Day in the QPARA Newsletter:
Come rain or shine, Queen’s Park Day is always a highlight in the local calendar. This year the sun shone and residents and visitors flocked here in their thousands (14,860 to be precise).
QPD is part traditional village fete – cake and jam competitions, donkey rides, a tug-of-war tournament – combined with twenty-first-century music-making, the candy-floss thrill of the funfair and the delights of a street-food festival. And that’s not to mention over a hundred individual stalls offering an A to Z of tempting items, promoting good causes and spreading the word about local events.
This is genuinely a something-for-everyone occasion. Whether you want to learn ballet or how to box, to keep bees or take up Filipino martial arts, the opportunityis here. For many, simply watching the entertainment on offer is enough, from the remarkable Fanti contortionists to Mr Alexander’s brand of magic, to the regular high point of the Queen’s Park’s Vets fancy-dress dog show. For some, just sitting on a hay bale sipping Pimms while the world passes by is enough.
Some changes were made to this year’s arrangements, principally by moving the Community Performance stage to the Kensal Rise side of the café, thus avoiding a musical face-off with the bandstand and providing a showcase for local performers.
At the end of the afternoon, as the last helium balloon escaped over the treetops and the barbecue smoke faded on the breeze, weary parents gathered up little girls with flower-braided hair and their tiger-face-painted brothers. All of them, we hope, making a promise to come again next year. Our thanks, as ever, go to the tireless team of volunteers who make this complex event happen.
The last word goes to senior resident Monty Charkham, a seasoned observer of QPD down the years: ‘Everybody was smiling! Like an aura of happiness all over. It’s a remarkable day, you know.’
Use the drop down menu above for the programme and details of the competitions and events.
Queen’s Park Day is a large, popular, free community event held in Queen’s Park each September. There are arena events, music on the bandstand, fancy dress and other competitions and stalls.
It has been organised annually by the Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association for 35 years. A group of volunteers do the advance planning and many more volunteers are involved on the day to make sure everything runs smoothly.
The City of London who own and manage the park give us permission to run Queen’s Park Day and the park staff give invaluable help both beforehand and on the day itself. We do not aim to make a profit from the day, but simply to cover our costs which are largely met from a mixture of grant funding, sponsorship and stall fees. Where possible we subsidise rides such as the donkey rides and climbing wall!
We couldn’t put on Queen’s Park Day without generous sponsorship from local businesses. Your organisation could sponsor an event or place an advert in the programme. Adverts cost between £600 (for a full page) and £150 (for a quarter page). Whether you could offer £100 or £1,000 we would love to hear from you to discuss your involvement. Contact Carin Von Drehle email@example.com.