Published on 1st May 2013

A man in a checked shirt singing into a microphone

Cheltenham’s biggest free summer event is returning to Montpellier Gardens on Saturday 6 July.

The popular Midsummer Fiesta attracts crowds of up to 5,000, and promises to be an action packed day, with live music and dance performances; a marketplace with dozens of local stalls; a children’s village with inflatables, activities, go-karting, face painting and a petting zoo; classic and vintage cars; fairground rides; the popular 02 Rugby Village and football training with Cheltenham Town FC coaches. 

The team is currently seeking volunteers to help run the event on the day, and their support is crucial. There are lots of activities which volunteers are needed for, such as meeting and greeting the music acts, setting up, helping with the prize draw, giving out programmes, helping with children’s activities (for volunteers with a current CRB check); marshalling vehicles safely on and off the site and lots more. Volunteers are invited to a briefing session beforehand and are provided with a t-shirt, meal vouchers and access to drinks and snacks. There are also opportunities for breaks to enjoy the event as well. 

Helen Down, engagement and participation team leader from Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “There is always a great atmosphere and team spirit at the Fiesta. Past volunteers of all ages have always enjoyed the day and many are returning this year.”

If you can spare some time on Saturday 6 July between 8am and 10pm and would be interested in helping, please contact Helen Down on email or on 01242 774960. 

There are also stalls still available for hire in the marketplace on the day. Artisans, charities, small businesses and public sector organisations have found the event to be a great way to interact with the thousands of visitors to the Fiesta. Previous stalls have included cakes, local produce, arts and crafts, gifts, jewellery, books, toys, games, activities, tombolas and more. If you are interested in hiring a stall for the day, visit the website for more details or contact Bernice Thomson on email or on 01242 692112.

You can find out more about volunteering and about the market place on the website.

For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email: [email protected]