Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Kent Events - Northfleet Carnival 2009 / Gravesend Summer Regatta

The Northfleet Carnival will follow it's traditional route through the streets of Northfleet and Gravesend on the afternoon of Saturday 4th July 2009 arriving at the Gravesend Promenade at around 3.30 pm.

The carnival has been run on the first Saturday in July every year since 1967 and this year coincides with the Gravesend Summer Regatta and Gravesham Borough Council's "Big Day Out" event which is centred round the Gordon Promenade.

There will be various charity stalls around the Promenade as well as refreshments stands.

The Gravesend Summer Regatta features hard fought rowing races along the River Thames with crews (mostly) sponsored by local hostelries! Both ladies and mens teams compete.

I took part a few times myself, although it does seem a very long time ago now.

The "Big Day Out" is a free six hour music concert designed to appeal to a wide audience.

This year's line up includes amongst others American country singer Eve Selis, a bhangra band and Fake That - a Take That tribute act - you would never have guessed would you?!!

The "Big Day Out" finishes at 10 pm with a fireworks display over the river.

Gravesham Borough Council has finally made town centre parking free at the weekends.

So, if you're looking for a cheap day out for the family this Saturday, I can definitely recommend a trip to the Gravesend riverfront.

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