Balsall Common Festival preview – Saturday 20th September 2014

Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park - Main Sponsor 2013-14
Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park – Main Sponsor 2013-14


The 2014 Festival on Saturday 20th September 2014 promises to be the biggest and best ever:


Running Order (all bookings and timings subject to change)


Fun Run (5k/10k)- Heart of England School

12:00 noon – Fun Run starts – Heart of England School

Main Showground – The Lant

12:30pm – Main Festival Showground opens – The Lant (Meeting House Lane)

Our superb audio visual set  will be delivered once again by Event Partners Avion TSL
Our superb audio visual set will be delivered once again by Event Partners Avion TSL

Main Stage

12:30-13:00 Liam Sawyer – Balsall Common Radio Roadshow
13:00–13:20 Positive Fitness
13:40-14:00 Karl Loxley
14:00-14:20 Official Opening (Lord Mayor) & Fun Run Awards Ceremony
15:45-16:05 Giocoso Saxophone Quartet
17:00-17:10 Balsall’s Got the Voice – Winner’s presentation and performance
17:15–18:00 Andy Bennett (of Ocean Colour Scene repute)
18:00-18:15 Karl Loxley/DJ

Main Stage (Nailcote Hall evening session)

Entertainments Event Partner - Nailcote Hall
Entertainments Event Partner – Nailcote Hall

18:15-19:00 Briefcase Blues Brothers
19:15-20:00 Covers Band
20:15–21:00 Addicted to 80’s

Main Arena

13:20-13:40 Animated Dance
14:20-14:40 Mogz & Dogz – dog demonstration
14:45–15:15 Centre Stage – “The Bodenham Romp“
15:20–15:40 Tae-kwondo demonstration with GTUK
16:10-16:40 Centre Stage – “The Bodenham Romp”

Avion Stage & Pop-Up Diner Arena

Avion TSL - Festival Event Partner
Avion TSL – Festival Event Partner

14:15–14:45 Balsall’s Got the Voice – Semi-Finals (session 1)
15:00-15:20 Giocoso Saxophone Quartet
15:25-15:55 Balsall’s Got the Voice – Semi-Finals (session 2)
15:55–16:15 Karl Loxley
16:20-16:40 Balsall’s Got the Voice – Final (Top 3 acts)

Mini Fun Run Arena – The Lant

15:00 – Years 1 & 2
15:15 – Years 3 & 4
15:30 – Years 5 & 6

Other arena

1:00pm Heart of England Aeromodellers
3:00pm Dog Show – courtesy of Mogz & Dogz

Kidzone (Marquee sponsored by Balsall Common Bouncy Castles)

Interactive sessions

1:30pm GTUK – Tae Kwon Do
2:00pm Wiggle Waggle
2:30pm GTUK – Tae Kwon Do
3:20pm Toddler Sense
4:00pm Wiggle Waggle
4:30pm Toddler Sense

Face painters – all day


Spire Parkway Hospital VIP and Healthcare Marquee

Spire Parkway Hospital - VIP & Healthcare Partner
Spire Parkway Hospital – VIP & Healthcare Partner





Balsall Common Bouncy Castles are one of our key Event Partners and generous supplier of our Kidzone Marquee and other large marquees on the grounds on Festival Day:





Tennis Courts

Court 1 – Adults 16 and overs

1:30 Cardio Tennis
2:00 Ball machine
2:30 Rusty Rackets
3:00 Ball machine
3:30 Cardio tennis

Court 2 – Juniors

1:30 – 4:00pm 4 x red courts with the coach organising free play


Balsall Common Bouncy Castles are the generous supplier of a number of marquees for Balsall Common Festival 2014:



Return of the Big Stage


The big stage returns again in 2014 courtesy of Event Partners Avion TSL:


Entertainment and Attractions

• Senior Fun Run (Heart of England School) – Lily Mae Foundation)
• Mini Fun Runs (The Lant – Lily Mae Foundation)
• 2 entertainment stages
• Local Music Talent Contest Finals
• Live Music (Andy Bennett from Ocean Colour Scene; Briefcase Blues Brothers; covers band; 80s section)
• Sports
• Fete and Market (with an allocation of 50 pitches fully subscribed)
• Children’s Entertainment
• Bouncy Castle and Children’s Rides
• Paddy Doyle World Record Challenge (subject to World Record body approval)
• Dog Show (Mogz and Dogz)
• Competitions
• Grand Raffle
• Traditional Festival Refreshments
• Licensed premises
• Barbecue
• Hot and cold food



Chairman’s Message

Craig Burgess
Craig Burgess – Festival Chairman


“We’re building on the success of last year’s event, to deliver a similar format, but bigger and better with more stuff, which means more live music, more attractions, competitions, prizes and things to do, to keep everyone entertained.”


“In keeping with our motto, ‘By the Community for the Community’, we have a fantastic cross-community team working on making the Festival a success. One of our early decisions back in January was to look at ways of weather-proofing what is an outdoor event, by staging activities which will happen come-what-may, should the weather prove less than kind on the day. One of our solutions was to stage a Fun Run and the Trustees of The Lily Mae Foundation are doing a superb job leading the effort to deliver Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run.”


Craig Burgess, Chairman.


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Balsall Common Fun Run


The Fun Run will take place on Saturday 20th September, with a start/finish line at Heart of England School, and is currently set to allow runners 5k or 10k options.

Festival Chairman Craig Burgess explains:

“Our Fun Run is being led by Balsall Common based charity The Lily Mae Foundation. The Fun Run for older participants will start and finish on the playing fields at the Heart of England School, while mini-Fun Runs for Primary School children will take place on the main Festival show ground at The Lant on Meeting House Lane from 3pm.”


The Lily Mae Foundation have put in an enormous amount of work behind the scenes to make our first ever Balsall Common Fun Run a reality and deserve an enormous amount of credit. As a team we’re all really excited about bringing something new to the village.”


Event organisers are keen to point out this year’s undertaking would be impossible without the advanced backing of community-minded business owners. Major backers for the Fun Run include Unity (formerly Carstins) and Main Fun Run sponsor Hollywood Monster.


You can enter Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run here:


Advertising Partner – Acorn Printing

Acorn Printing Ltd
Acorn Printing Ltd

The Festival’s Main Advertising Partner this year is Acorn Printing, specialists in embroidery and print services, from branded gear and promotional equipment to banners and signs. No job too big or small.


Acorn Printing has its’ heart in the community, having started life in Balsall Common before relocating to an industrial estate next to Tile Hill station after they outgrew their village centre premises in 2008.