Published: Friday, 24th August 2018

Residents are invited to celebrate how their local area has changed over the years at three free family festivals in September as part of Medway Council’s Medway20 celebrations.

2018 marks 20 years since the founding of Medway and Medway Council has organised four local festival days to celebrate the identities of communities across Medway.

Since 1998, Medway has transformed and seen many huge improvements. Not only does it now boast the biggest regeneration zone within the Thames Gateway, but Medway is surrounded by award winning rural areas and rich heritage.

The Focus On events are designed for local people and highlight all that is great about each area. The festivals are free and residents are encouraged to bring a picnic and their friends and neighbours to enjoy a family day out celebrating their local community.

The first Focus On festival was held in Cozenton Park in Rainham in May which was a great success and attracted hundreds of visitors. There was fun for all the family including pig racing, a climbing wall and a horticultural fair.

The second event will be held at Hook Meadow Recreation Ground, Walderslade, on Saturday, 1 September, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

There will be a mini farm with a range of small animals for visitors to see including lambs, kid goats, rabbits and guinea pigs and Team Extreme will be putting on BMX, skateboarding and scooter coaching sessions and demonstrations. There will also be performances from singing groups and dancing schools and a selection of activities will be taking place in Hook Meadow library from 10am to 4pm. Residents are also invited to bring their dogs along on leads as free microchipping will be available.

Amongst the community activities there will be plenty to keep residents and visitors of all ages entertained with some of the UK’s best professional street performers The Jukeboxes lip syncing musical medleys which will bring pop stars, both past and present, to life.

Visitors should also keep a look out for Squawk - two huge coloured fantastical birds who will be walking amongst the crowds looking to make friends. 

'Medway really does have a lot to offer'

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We really enjoyed the last Focus On festival in Rainham and I am looking forward to the next three events which will continue our Medway20 celebrations with local communities. Medway really does have a lot to offer and we’ve organised the festivals to bring local residents and business owners together to showcase the wonderful things the community has to offer. There will be plenty of activities for people of all ages to enjoy, we’re looking forward to meeting residents at the events.”

Future Focus On events will be held at Northcote Recreation Ground, Strood, on Saturday, 15 September, from 10.30pm to 4.30pm, and at High Halstow Recreation Ground, High Halstow, on Saturday 22 September, from noon to 6pm, there will be plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy at the festivals.

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