WREXHAM town centre will have a carnival feel this bank holiday weekend.
There will be something for all the family on Saturday when Llwyn Isaf and Queen’s Square will be transformed into a festival site.
Organised by Beth Bennett, a Wrexham resident who created the ‘Change Wrexham For Our Future’ Facebook campaign, Wrexfest aims to bring the people of Wrexham together to celebrate the town and sense of community.
She said: “This is the first event of its kind in Wrexham, and certainly the first Wrexfest, which we hope to make an event every year.
“The idea is to firstly bring the whole community of Wrexham together in the town centre, to show off what hidden businesses we have in Wrexham which might not yet have premises, and to bring out the talent and performers in the town.”
On offer will be giant sized games, an arts and crafts tent, an inflatable slide, a mini carousel, science busking from Techniquest, a boot camp by Dragon Fitness for adults and over 12s, face painting, dance demonstrations by Dancingshoes and belly dancing.
And to add to the festival atmosphere there will be live music on the bandstand from 11am to 7.30pm with bands such as The Rift, The Avenues, Portlight, Vespa, Luke Gallagher, Tom Matthias, Kip Canon, Defy All Reason and headliners Chameleon.
There will also be food stalls, refreshments and a big picnic where people are welcome to bring their own food.
There will also be an after-party in Saith Seren from 7.30pm after things have wound up on Llwyn Isaf.
“So many people and businesses have got involved, I’m really excited about it”, said Ms Bennett.
“There really is something there for all ages to enjoy.
“People can spend money if they like, but there are plenty of free things available so it doesn’t have to cost anything if you don’t want it to.
“We hope it will be a feelgood day and everyone will have a good time and show that Wrexham is a great place.”
The idea for Wrexfest was started at the same time a Facebook page was set up in the wake of a string of serious incidents in Wrexham.
Ms Bennett, 33, of Acton, set up the page ‘Change Wrexham For Our Future’ for people to become proactive in improving the town.
Businesses and volunteers can still get involved by calling her on 01978 290563 or by emailing bethster1 @live.com