Come out to play at ‘Summerfest’

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A festival will take place in Matlock this weekend which aims to turn back the clock to a simpler time when all we wanted to do was to “play out.”

“Summerfest” will take place around the bandstand in Hall Leys Park on Saturday, from noon until 4pm, and aims to evoke the endless summers of our youth, with a list of activities on offer which reflect this theme.

The festival is the latest in a series of free family activities held throughout the summer in the town, all organised by the Matlock Town Council, and comes hot on the heels on May’s successful “Meadowfest” event.

Mayor of Matlock, Cllr Steven Flitter, said: “It is all about getting the family out and about enjoying our beautiful parks and town.

“Working with various local partners we’re aiming to provide the perfect, low cost, local family day playing out in Matlock.”

Organisers list the activities on offer as kite-making, story-telling, bug-hunting, tree-climbing, music-making, maypole-dancing, potion-mixing, pond-dipping, mask-painting and smoothie-biking so there will always be something to keep you and your whole family entertained on the day.

In addition to the host of wacky and wondrous activities on offer, visitors are also encouraged to take the opportunity to meet up with friends and bring picnics, but should rest assured there will also be some locally baked treats on offer as well, all free of charge.

Musical accompaniment will be provided courtesy of Matlock’s volunteer-run community radio station, Radio Free Smedley Street.

More information can be found by visiting the website at or by calling 01629 583042.