You'd be mad as a hatter to miss Wonderfest

Mansfield's popular summer festival, which this year is called Wonderfest, will take place on Thursday 26 August, from 11am to 5pm.

The free event is brought to you by Mansfield District Council in collaboration with Mansfield Cultural Services and community groups from across the district.

Tickets are required this year, but you can expect all the usual family-friendly entertainment, including live music, face painting, arts and crafts, interactive displays, walkabout acts and food vendors.

In addition, your free Wonderfest ticket includes the opportunity to watch a special outdoor performance of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Chapterhouse Theatre Company. The production at 3pm is suitable for all the family. Capacity for the theatre area will be reduced and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the day.

There will be all sorts of weird and wonderful Wonderland-themed activities and entertainment at the festival so why not dress for the occasion and don your favourite wacky hat?

Food wise, you can expect to see the Queen of Desserts' bus and street food by What Yer Gerrin mi Duck. You can also pre-order afternoon tea to take away from Titchfield Teahouse by calling 01623 656093. Check their menu out on their Facebook page (opens in new window)

In addition, the event will be linked to the environment and the great outdoors and will seek to improve health and wellbeing so look out for seed planting demonstrations, sporty activities and healthy living advice.

Executive Mayor Andy Abrahams said: "After a long and difficult 17 months, Wonderfest presents a perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family and have some fun in one of our award-winning parks.

“We have our fingers crossed for good weather but in any case it promises to be a great day out as there really is something for everyone.

“Bring a chair and relax as you enjoy songs, dance and music in the free performance of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.” 

Just some of the confirmed activities:

  • Your Health Your Way - smoothie bikes.
  • We are Undefeatable - showcasing physical activities with accessible exercise classes throughout the day.
  • Serco - Zumba taster sessions.
  • Mansfield Museum - Mansfield of the past display and free activity to make a bug hotel.
  • Stagecoach - Children’s play bus.
  • West Nottinghamshire College - inspiration station activity.

Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead at all times and any dog mess is cleaned up immediately.

Tickets will be required to enter the park on the day so that capacity can be managed to provide a safe and secure event. Keep up to date as activities are confirmed on the events page of our website and book your ticket on Mansfield Palace Theatre's website (opens in new window).  

Published: July 14th 2021