BevFest is a free family fun day and music festival in Lower Bevendean. BevFest was created by Kathy Strulo and Donna Rix as a way of celebrating Bevendean and to help foster a sense of community in the residents and also to build awareness of what a great area it is to live for those outside of Bevendean.
A brief history of BevFest from Kathy Strulo
The first BevFest was held in September 2012. Planning for the day started in March that year by a small group of Bevendean residents who had the idea of creating a one day music, arts and sports festival in Bevendean. It was to be a celebration of this community; a day of fun to bring Bevendean together, a day for everyone no matter their age, creed or faith. The festival took a break in 2016 to enable a move in date to July for BevFest IV.
There were mixed reactions from the community – scepticism, doubt as well as excitement and wonder – and they faced a very daunting prospect. But with the help of the very supportive local Community Officer, Helen Jones, and with advice and positive guidance from one of the founders of Patchfest, Duncan Blinkhorn, Bevfest was born.
In September 2012 everything came together and Bevfest was launched on an excited Bevendean. The weather was perfect – sunny and warm – and the school field was quickly filled with we think about 700 local people. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to Bevfest. If it had been raining then maybe it would have been the only one…. as it was there was a crowd of happy residents, drinking Pimms, Buying pints from The Bevy’s first pop up bar, eating cake and burgers,listening and dancing to the live bands, playing football, cricket, a tug of war, trying some parkour, bouncing on the bouncy castle, making things, getting their faces painted and much more. A highlight for us was the creation of our Bevfest banner – spray painted by local children thanks to the Bevendean Activities Group.
There was another Bevfest in September 2013 and September 2015, each time with new activities added. We were not as fortunate with the weather, however, and so the date has now been changed to July. Fingers crossed that our unpredictable English weather will be kind to us.
This year we have a few more enthusiastic volunteers full of new ideas. We can promise that this year, 2017, will be a fantastic event. The old favourites such as the tug of war, football and of course the live music will be there. We also have The Bevy providing the bar – it’s great to have them back with us to celebrate their achievements since 2012.
Any donations of time, skills, money and resources are always welcomed as well so please get in touch.
Take a look at the links on the site, to read more on what we have coming up on the day.
A few photos of previous BevFests are below: