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Chingford gripped by festival fever

This year’s Chingford Big Weekender saw a staggering 65,000 people get into the party spirit at the free, Council-run event.

The party started in Ridgeway Park on Saturday, 15 August, with a music concert which boasted a fantastic line up of internationally renowned artists. ABC, Boney M, N-Trance and Gwen Dickey (Rose Royce) all performed, as did Waltham Forest based artists including Camara Fearon, Tina T and Mikki Jay.

Sunday, 16 August saw visitors choose from a massive list of fun sporting activities that included everything from basketball to bouncy castles, canoeing to cricket, rowing, trampolining, tennis, and many more. They also had the chance to meet some of the players from rugby union club Saracens FC.

Those wanting to give their minds more of a workout had an opportunity to get creative at the William Morris craft activities stand by making their very own woven hanging decoration based on the magical Persian rugs that inspired William Morris.

Waltham Forest Council’s Leader Chris Robbins said: “This year’s Chingford Big Weekender was a roaring success, with more than 65,000 people enjoying the free festival over the course of the weekend. Huge crowds turned out to see some amazing acts on Saturday, including ABC, Boney M, N-Trance and Gwen Dickey (Rose Royce) and to enjoy a fun packed family sports day on Sunday.”

You can see photos of the event on the Council’s Flickr page.

The next big event on the borough’s busy calendar is Grillstock, the UK’s biggest BBQ and music festival, which is coming to Walthamstow on 5 and 6 September.

Taking place on Chestnuts Fields, music will be provided by Razorlight, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Yoda, The Cuban Brothers and Hayseed Dixie.

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