The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy declaring  the 2016 Cliff Top Art Exhibition officially open and cutting the ribbon to start what now turns out to have been town’s last “Penarth Summer Festival”.

The traditional mid-summer 11-day-long “Penarth Summer Festival” is set to be scrapped and is to be replaced this year by a different kind of summer celebration.

The new look Penarth Summer programme is to be called the  “Penarth Summer  Season”.

A South Wales Police helicopter provided some lack-lustre aerial entertainment for the crowds last year – but it was an anti climax compared with the mighty Vulcan bomber’s display in 2015

The old Holiday Festival traditionally always had, as its launch event,  an official civic opening – by the Mayor and Mayoress of Penarth – of the Open Air Art exhibition by the Cliff Top Artists ,  but this year the formula is being changed with events being staggered over a longer – and as yet indeterminate period rather than being concentrated within the 11 day period of the traditional Summer Festival .

Full details of the new “Penarth Summer Season” have yet to be announced and its understood the programme of events is still being developed  by the council’s secret Strategic Review Group – the meetings of which are not open to the press or the general public.

Although there was no flying display at last summer’s Carnival Day  – other than a Police and Coastguard Search-and-Rescue demonstration – it is hoped that, subject to arrangements with the  RAF, there may be a flying display held this year.

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  1. Nicki Page says:

    I have suggested to Sophie Howe and others we have support in penarth to extend the holiday season and drive tourism a second wellbeing1world 3day event in the pavilion and holm house and st davids hotel and spa the host of year 1 event. No one has responded still from the vale after mr Stephen Twining global tea empire announced our intention as published in the Penarth times. The vale wanted to meet great. We are still waiting 5 months later for a meeting date from the events department. What’s the matter ? Doesn’t take 5 mins to organise a meeting now 5 months!!!!!!

    • Tim says:

      Do you think the lack of response you appear to be consistently experiencing might suggest it would be of benefit to join forces with others who share your passions, for example: saving the Pier cinema?

  2. Sarah Bellum says:

    In previous years, the Penarth’s Summer Festival was held during term time (last year July 7th to 17th, Summer term ends on Friday 21st July. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to move it to coincide with school holidays?

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