Party in the Park 2016
Star Wars fans and science fiction enthusiasts gravitated towards Woking Park in their thousands for this year's themed Party in the Park event.
Woking's biggest and best outdoor party pulled in an estimated 20,000 vistors who came in peace to celebrate the 150th birthday of the Borough's beloved author, H.G. Wells.
From 12noon to 9pm on Saturday 9 July, families enjoyed a meteoric day of time travel, space-age fun, live performances, Wimbledon tennis and the return of the Ambassadors Big Screen, showcasing the people’s choice of sci-fi blockbuster - Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Stretching across three fields there was something to excite and delight all ages. The Time Zone offered an immersive experience for those wishing to explore the world of H.G. Wells at a gentle pace. Visitors could browse displays from the Surrey History Centre, themed art exhibitions, and travel through the ages with classical sounds from Woking’s antique bandstand.
Blasting off from the Morrisons’ Main Stage over in the Futuristic Field, Star Wars tribute act, Sci-Fi Band, had partygoers singing along to hit covers such as Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and AC/DC’s Back in Black, while Dance Woking troupes entertained with their energetic dance displays. Younger explorers enjoyed finding their time machine at the funfair before making the jump to lightspeed to the Children's Zone.
In the many tents crammed full with arts and craft activities, mini Martians could build their own rocket, play dress up, or take part in story time.
The journey to the final frontier concluded with a free outdoor screening of the latest instalment of the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens.
Thank you to everyone who attended, dressed-up and embraced the party atmosphere! We look forward to seeing you all again next year but until then, live long and prosper.....