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Kings Heath Street Festival saw the Birmingham suburb come to life for the free all-day community event organised by Kings Heath Business Improvement District on Sunday 11 September 2016.
Thousands of people from across the city turned out to mark the end of summer and celebrate all things Kings Heath at the much-loved annual event, with an estimated 12,000 attending the huge celebrations on the day.
Since it’s birth three years ago, the festival has grown in size and popularity each year, having expanded from just York Road in 2014 to this year include Heathfield Road, Silver Street and Kings Heath Village Square.
The day saw three stages of live music curated by Hare & Hounds, Kitchen Garden Café and Birmingham Rockschool, with highlights including Dirty Old Folkers, Swampmeat Family Band, and Birmingham Rockschool Choir, to name just a few, with Bowie tribute band the Major Toms closing the festival.
Festival goers browsed the wide variety of BID businesses, local traders and organisations at leisure, showcasing their produce and wares in the many market stalls lining the streets.
Owner of BID business I Had One Of Those, Luke Close, described the day: “It was a fantastic, well organised event that had everyone, young and old, smiling all day! The weather was on our side, and which helped create a chilled out, fun vibe throughout the whole area. Days like this really help to put Kings Heath on the map and make it a great place to live, work, and visit!”
The little ones were kept entertained with a huge selection of children’s activities on Kings Heath Village Square and Silver Street, including bumper cars, the big wheel, bouncy castles, wet fun at All Saints Centre’s fountains, arts and crafts activities, and much more, with guest appearances from children’s favourites, the Minions.
Street food was served up from Esme’s Eats, Fat Bread, Canoodle, Barebones Pizza, Hungry Penguin Co, Bournville Waffle Company, Byzantium, Sylhet Spice, Little Sixty Three, and more, as well as bars from Kitchen Garden Café, Hare & Hounds, Cherry Reds, and fresh coconuts and tropical cocktails at Auntie Agatha’s Caribbean corner on Silver Street.
For more information on Kings Heath BID events, visit www.facebook.com/EnjoyKingsHeath
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