This post was written by Nicola Mackay on June 26, 2014
In 2009 it was decided to hold an event to celebrate the reopening of Reigate Priory Park following comprehensive improvements and combine this with marking Armed Forces Day.
It was so successful that a handful of like-minded local people decided to form the Reigate Events Collective with the aim of encouraging local events, with an annual festival in the park as the flagship.
Now held every year on the last weekend in June the Reigate Community Festival has become an eagerly anticipated date on the local calendar. It has since become one of the most well-attended event in the town attracting upwards of 5,000 visitors with 100 stands.
The event boasts a lively mix of displays, stands, live music, and children’s entertainment including the famous Tommy Matthews Fairground. There is a wide selection of food and drink with a licensed bar. It is the perfect day out for the whole family.
Stands will sell a range of locally made produce and hand crafts, as well as promoting local charities and community groups, and offering fun activities, many of them free. This year an acoustic lounge has been added to the mix, offering live music throughout the day, with something for everyone.
Confirmed acts at time of going to press are: the Redstone Community Big Band, Andy Moore, Dee Bee Blues, Dark Ages, Stephanie Davies and the Super Dynamics, Mr Anchovy, Jason Kydd, Tin Soldiers and Sofia Ford.
The Arena programme will include the Band of the Surrey Yeomanry, Sky Birds of Prey, Hipsinc Belly Dancing, Students from the Italia Conti School, the Rock Choir, Star Steppers and the Tug of War final, heats for which will be held throughout the day.
There will of course be a military presence and displays honouring Royal Armed Forces Day.
The theme for 2014 is the Edwardian Era, and the 100th anniversary of WWI. Should you feel the urge, please do come in fancy dress: there are prizes for all those who make the effort. Entry is free for everyone, and free parking is also available throughout the day at all Reigate and Banstead Borough Council Car Parks.
For more information about attending the Festival, or to volunteer to help on the day please go to: