GardenSite were once again pleased to support the Boldmere Community Festival which took place on 18 November, with the Christmas Lights switched on by Alan Gardner, well known for his appearances as TV's Autistic Gardener.
More than seventy stalls lined a crowded Boldmere Road for this popular event, and a big turn out made the most of the impressive range of food and drink, handmade crafts, novelties and Christmas gift ideas that were on offer.
Entertainment was provided by a variety of performers throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
The Bishop Vesey Grammar School Band started proceedings in seasonal style, and there were no less than three choirs including one from Birmingham Cathedral.
Children were kept busy with attractions that included the ever-popular face painting, sand art and trampolines. Everyone thought Mad Dominic was awesome on his stilts, and the youngsters enjoyed handling the birds of prey brought along by Owl Man.
All the crowd were kept refreshed by the many stalls, including a Prosecco Bar, alongside local pubs and cafes, and there was Caribbean food, craft beers, pizzas, and Asian street food to ensure no-one went home hungry.
After Highbury Theatre offered a preview of Aladdin, their pantomime for this year, the lights were officially switched on by Alan at 5.30, and then the show continued with two more local residents, Irish musician Joe Cook and Rosie O'Sullivan from Britain's Got Talent entertaining the impressive crowd who had gathered.
Paul Long who organized the event thought that this year's festival was the most successful to date and thanked all the volunteers, local businesses and sponsors, including GardenSite, who made it happen.