Huge crowds enjoyed live music in the sunshine as Pimm’s in the Park returned.

The Lydiard Park festival organised by Graham Stobbs and Debra Collins attracted thousands of people who spent the weekend relaxing on armchairs and benches with a drink and a snack listening to local arts and big name bands.

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Graham said: “This was really fantastic, it brought Swindon together and a lot of traders got involved.

"It's hard work, Debra and I put a lot of hours in over the year to make sure it's right for everyone, but we enjoy it.

"It's a great job to have. Seeing so many people enjoying themselves in a beautiful part of Swindon on a sunny day makes it all worthwhile

"We just want to put enough entertainment and fun together for people to enjoy - and it's affordable, only £5 for a ticket at the gate.

“We are definitely doing another one of these events in 2024.”

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The festival made its debut last year for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, with over 30,000 attending the event, and it is fast becoming a fixture of Swindon's summer.

The 2023 event featured 50 local traders, crafts and workshops, along with the Pimms Bar, dinosaur shows, activities, fundraising, refreshments, crazy golf, fair rides, giant inflatables, dance performances, vintage and military displays, and a wellbeing zone.

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New additions to the line-up, headlined by The Farm and 911, included an extra Jordan Marvell acoustic stage and a classic car show with 60 vehicles brought together by Swindon Rod N Custom.

Manager Mike Nash said: “It’s been very good, lots of people enjoying the cars.

“I have four myself, I just love classic cars, especially American ones. The oldest one here is Mark Cross’ 1930s Rover P2, nicknamed Daisy.

“We would definitely come back again, it’s a great event.”

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Friends and families enjoyed strolling around, including Mark and Sam Severn who visited for the first time with their five-year-old son Jacob the festival.

Mark said: “We love the music, especially songs from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Jacob loved the funfair and the doughnuts.

“It was busy but not packed, there’s no long queues, it was well-managed and we’d like to come back next year.”

All of the proceeds are going to Julia's House Children's Hospice, which is organising an enormous Big Dog Art Trail of sculptures around Swindon throughout the summer.

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