Organisers of the Nailsea Community Skate Park Festival have confirmed the date for the 18th annual event as Saturday 6th June 2020.  The event will take place at the traditional venue of the Millennium Park in Nailsea between 1pm and 5pm.

After last year’s very successful event on a beautiful summer’s day, the team heading up the project are really excited to continue to build up this community event. As well as the action on the rebuilt skate park, which will include skateboard, scooter and BMX competitions, there will be numerous stalls and activities to participate in, and of course, lots to eat and drink.

As with any event such as this, the organisers are keen to increase the size of the organising team as the event grows, and if you have enjoyed the new skate park yourself, or whilst watching your children and teens, would like to give something back through helping that would be greatly appreciated. Anybody interested in this should get in touch with Phil Williams (festival director) on phil@christiansurfers.co.uk.

There will, as in previous years, be the opportunity for local organisations to have a stall showcasing their activities. Forms will be sent out to previous stallholders in the next few weeks. If, however you would like to receive a form in advance, or not been involved before, please e-mail phil@christiansurfers.co.uk.

The event is run purely from local funding donations and takings on the day itself, both of which organisers are extremely grateful for, so if you would be interested in becoming an official sponsor or would like to find out more details of the opportunities that exist, please contact Phil Williams. The festival are also looking for a potential sponsor for a generator for this year’s event. Please look out for the Waitrose ‘Community matters’ green tokens which will be raising funds for the festival early in 2020 – it’s a really important source of income towards running of the project, and the organisers thank you in advance.

A big thanks for all those already involved in the planning of the event, particularly those from Holy Trinity and Trendlewood church, Nailsea Town Council, Nailsea Community Trust, Nailsea Baptist Church, Christians Together in Nailsea and all the individual volunteers who will be giving up their time. Festival updates will follow in the press but also via the Facebook pages ‘Nailsea Skatepark Project’ and ‘Nailsea Skate Park and Activities Showcase group’. The organisers very much look forward to seeing you on 6th June 2020, for what has become a significant date in the Nailsea and district calendar. To remind you of last year’s event, check out the video edit from Josh Ham of the 2019 Skate Fest.

In other skate park news, there will be a spring clean for the park to get it ready for the summer around Easter time, and it is also hoped that skate school and scooter school will continue in the holidays.

The skate park team have always been so encouraged with the backing they have had when raising funds for the new skate park, and so with that in mind it is so encouraging to see progress with both the projects to rebuild the Clevedon skate park and also the potential building of a skate park in Portishead. It is hoped both these organisations will be present at the Skate Park Festival so that others can talk to them about their projects.

So, it’s another exciting year for the skate park and organisers hope to bring together skate park users again in the next few weeks to chat through some ideas about the park and any issues or suggestions park users may have. Full details will be in the press and the various Facebook pages once the dates confirmed.

Photo credit – Paul O’Connor