Thousands enjoy return of Stevenage Day after two years of virtual events

Stevenage Day 2022

Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Stevenage Day was back in full swing on Sunday after two years of scaled-down, virtual events due to the pandemic.

Stevenage Day 2022

Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Brendan Falvey

Children's fairground rides, bouncy castles, stalls and live music attracted thousands to King George V Playing Fields for the day, dubbed "bigger and better than ever" by organisers.

Stevenage Day 2022

Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Families were able to enjoy a variety of activities, stalls and plenty of food and drink, as well as live dance performances from local groups.

Stevenage Day 2022

Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Junction 7 Creatives arranged several activities for the day, working in partnership with Stevenage Borough Council and with funding from Arts Council England.

Dancers came together to learn a combination of modern street dance, Rio Carnival and African-style moves for the parade

Dancers came together to learn a combination of modern street dance, Rio Carnival and African-style moves for the parade - Credit: Brendan Falvey

This included a carnival-style parade, driven by the Iroko Theatre Company’s percussion and songs with choreographed dance steps and costumes designed by Mandinga Arts.

The Big Red Bus bar returned to Stevenage Day 2022

The Big Red Bus bar returned to Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Dancers and flag wavers from many different parts of the Stevenage community came together to learn a combination of modern street dance, Rio Carnival and African-style moves for the parades.

Original flag artwork representing community organisations

Original flag artwork representing community organisations including Stevenage World Forum, BeMe, Heights, Proyashe Probash and the Irish Network - Credit: Brendan Falvey

There was something for everyone at Stevenage Day 2022

There was something for everyone at Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Other activities organised by Junction 7 Creatives included the Storytelling Tent, where expert storytellers Danyah Miller and Alison-Elizabeth kept a captivated audience entertained, and a virtual reality tent, where people could take part in an immersive Indian dance experience - created by Divya Kasturi.

Stevenage Day parade 

Stevenage Day parade - Credit: Brendan Falvey

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Stevenage Borough Council leader Sharon Taylor took to Twitter after the event.

Stevenage Day 2022

Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

She said: "What an AMAZING Stevenage Day yesterday, fantastic weather, brilliant entertainment, thousands of people came and there was a real spirit of celebrating the extraordinary diversity of our beloved town!"

Garden House Hospice Care's Compassionate Neighbours stall at Stevenage Day 2022

Garden House Hospice Care's Compassionate Neighbours stall at Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr Margaret Notley, added: "What a tremendous success Stevenage Day 2022 was.

"The sun came out and the crowds came along to enjoy the delights of what the many stalls had to offer, giving a much needed boost to the many charities, who had been greatly affected over the last two years by the pandemic. 

There was plenty of live entertainment at Stevenage Day 2022

There was plenty of live entertainment at Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

There was plenty of live entertainment at Stevenage Day 2022

There was plenty of live entertainment at Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

"Alongside these stalls, there were many attractions to enjoy including the wonderful displays performed by the many talented people we have in our town and by the musicians in Rock in the Park. 

"I think it was just what our town needed; a great day out and I would like to thank the many people who organised such this successful Stevenage Day."

Garden House Hospice Care fundraising at Stevenage Day 2022

Garden House Hospice Care fundraising at Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Stevenage Day music stage 

Stevenage Day music stage - Credit: Martin Wootton

Stevenage Day 2022

Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Fairground games at Stevenage 2022

Fairground games at Stevenage 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Stevenage Day 2022

Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Renegade Combat Academy demonstration at Stevenage Day 2022

Renegade Combat Academy demonstration at Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Sabihah School of Belly Dance entertains the crowd at Stevenage Day 2022

Sabihah School of Belly Dance entertains the crowd at Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Stevenage Day 2022

Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Stevenage Day 2022

Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wooton

The Counselling Foundation's stall at Stevenage Day 2022

The Counselling Foundation's stall at Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton

Warriorz performing in the dance circle at Stevenage Day 2022

Warriorz performing in the dance circle at Stevenage Day 2022 - Credit: Martin Wootton