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Maidstone: Proms in the Park 2018 at Whatman Park

By Angela Cole

Parklife once a year in Maidstone means a sun-soaked afternoon with the family listening to classics.

The annual Proms in the Park returns on the late May bank holiday weekend in Whatman Park.

This year for the first time, charges have been introduced to help pay for putting the event on due to reductions in the budget for Maidstone council-run events.

Proms in the Park at Whatman Park Picture: Matthew Walker
Proms in the Park at Whatman Park Picture: Matthew Walker

Being held on Saturday, May 26, the Proms will offer an afternoon of entertainment and live music.

Youngsters will be pleased to see the return of Boogie Monsters and the Punch and Judy Show. There will also be performances by the Hazlitt Youth Theatre and a programme of well known classical and big band works by Maidstone Wind Symphony.

Children watch the Punch & Judy show. Picture: Matthew Walker
Children watch the Punch & Judy show. Picture: Matthew Walker

Arranged by Maidstone council and the Hazlitt Theatre, the event runs from mid-afternoon and finishes in the early evening.

Tall Minion Leanne Faulkener high fives Anna Messon at a previous proms. Picture: Matthew Walker
Tall Minion Leanne Faulkener high fives Anna Messon at a previous proms. Picture: Matthew Walker

Laura Dickson from the council said: “Proms in the Park is an incredibly popular event, welcoming audiences of up to 2,000 people each year. The revenue raised through ticket sales will be vital in supporting the event and ensuring it can continue in future years.”

Tickets cost £7 for adults with under 16s free. To get your tickets click here.

John Georgiadis leads the orchestra at Proms in the Park Picture: Martin Apps
John Georgiadis leads the orchestra at Proms in the Park Picture: Martin Apps

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