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Fun had by all at this year’s Castle Vale Festival

The sun had his hat on and spirits were high at this year’s Castle Vale Festival.

The event held at Castle Vale Stadium saw hundreds of residents entertained by a packed programme of activities on Friday 23rd August 2019.

Highlights of the event included a range of activities such as a circus workshop, inflatables, rides, garden games, face painting, zorbing, sumo suits, the animal man and guest appearance from Mad Dominic – a stilt-walking, comedic entertainer.

To work up those summer vibes, residents were also welcomed to relax at Castle Vale-on-Sea at the pop-up beach featuring sand, buckets & spades, deckchairs and a surf simulator. Guests could enjoy the sea-side theme with an ice cream and background music hosted from Switch Radio.

In an exciting addition, Castle Vale hosted its first ever Colour Run. Arranged by Compass Support, the 5k course saw crowds of participants run, jog and walk in groups of friends and families while getting coated in a spectrum of coloured powder paints.

Local festival goer, Remi Russell, told organisers at The Pioneer Group:

We’ve had the best day. Towards the end of the school holidays you’re always looking for something to entertain the kids with so when I heard this was on it was perfect! I took my two little boys and we all had a brilliant time. The little ones especially liked the beach, petting zoo, and inflatable village.

Ms Russell added:

“The colour run was a great addition as well. There were so many groups of friends and families walking around covered in amazing colours for the day afterwards. It was definitely a great way to start the summer bank holiday.”


Charity football matches were also in play, both on the day and in the evening. The Pioneer Group hosted the day event, raising money for their nominated local charity, Promising Futures, with Sports Development UK coming out as champions. Samsung hosted an additional tournament in the evening, making full use of the stadiums Fifa-accredited 3G pitch.

The new location of the Castle Vale Festival also gave residents an opportunity to check out  the fresh look of the Stadium’s function room, with festival-goers continuing the party after 4pm in the newly-fitted, contemporary bar.

Simon Wilson, CEO of The Pioneer Group said:

“An incredible amount of work and commitment has been put in to making the day a success and we would like to thank all our partners and volunteers that helped take part in the day. The entertainment and activities really gave us fantastic opportunity to meet more Castle Vale residents. We hope everyone had as much fun as we did.

“We all are delighted that local residents could experience such a festival on their doorstep, and want to thank everybody who came along and supported the event. We look forward to seeing you next year.

The Castle Vale Festival is just one of a range of initiatives championed by The Pioneer Group to build a stronger community, and the team is currently encouraging all residents to have their say on how we can build a better Castle Vale.

To see more pictures of the day, check out our Facebook page.