Family fun at Beach Dreams festival

Beach Dreams festival at Shoreham Beach Green                       Picture: David Russell
Beach Dreams festival at Shoreham Beach Green Picture: David Russell

FAMILIES flocked to the Beach Dreams festival at the weekend to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

This year’s event on Shoreham Beach Green was circus-themed, complete with workshops taking place inside a big top. Musicians and DJs, including DJ Krafty Kuts and Juice FM’s Mike Panteli, kept the crowd entertained on the main stage, while the Shoreham Allstars had a chance to shine on their very own stage. A little top was also packed with arts and crafts activities with Crock A Doodle.

I think it was a really successful fun family festival.

Sarah Parker, event organiser

Organiser Sarah Parker, 48, of Shoreham Beach, said: “I think it was a really successful fun family festival. People seemed to really enjoy themselves. The weather held off for us which was great. The volunteers worked really hard to make sure it ran smoothly. The theme was circus and that seemed to go down really well. We had a really good sound system this year and lots of acts, it was really amazing.”

Following the event, comments in a Shoreham community group on Facebook alluded to a problem with drunken teens.

A police spokesman said a few reports of drunken behaviour and criminal damage at the event or nearby were made but when officers attended there was no one at the location. No arrests were made.

Sarah said: “We were very vigilant with security, age-checking anyone we thought was under 21. Yes, there were some teens who decided to drink on the beach, which is not part of our event and we were certainly monitoring it. It certainly didn’t spoil the event.”

The festival was organised by a team of 12 volunteers and cost £35,000 to put on – funded through bar sales.

“It started off as a small church based event and it’s grown into a family music festival,” said Sarah. “People love it and always look forward to it.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for next year’s event should contact beachdreamscontact@gmail.com

For more information about the event, visit www.beachdreamsfestival.co.uk

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