Free festival to celebrate Italian Gardens revamp

PUBLISHED: 19:10 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:17 16 June 2017

Fire performers promise a spectacular finale.

Fire performers promise a spectacular finale.

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A free family-friendly festival will be held in Weston-super-Mare’s Italian Gardens in August to celebrate the completion of the area’s £2.478million revamp.

Steel dragon Elsie will be one of the more eye-catching attractions.Steel dragon Elsie will be one of the more eye-catching attractions.

The Town Square and gardens have been closed since January to allow remodelling work to take place, involving the installation of a 158,000-litre water tank and 16,500 granite slabs.

The area is expected to reopen on August 5, and to mark the occasion, an action-packed day of family entertainment has been arranged.

A host of live music, ranging from samba to sea shanties, will be included, along with circus performers, a fire-breathing mechanical horse, a steel dragon named Elsie, and a wide range of street performers.

The event is scheduled to last throughout the day and into the evening, finishing at 10.30pm with a breathtaking fire troupe finale.

A wide variety of food and drink will be on offer too, plus a bar area supported by The Imperial pub.


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