More about the festival
Melksham Music Festival is a charitable, non profit, organisation. The aim is to establish and promote a festival for the people of Melksham Community Area. The objectives are to run music events and give a platform to local performing artists as well as those from further a field. This in turn provides an entertainment platform for all ages and different tastes in music which, it is hoped, will benefit by providing entertainment to wide cross sections of our community. On offer will be a diverse range of genres whether that be musical theatre, rock, jazz, folk, classical, recitals or popular music.
Melksham Party in the Park (PITP) which has been running since 2000, is now very much part and parcel of Melksham Music Festival. PITP has established itself as a much anticipated annual event in the Melksham calendar and which is attended by thousands of people from wide sections of our community and from further a field. The emphasis is to promote this event as a family day with entertainment and activities for all ages and it is our intention for it to remain this way.
We are always looking for help and support. Whether that be "pairs of hands" on the day of events or help with pre-planning, we will welcome you with open arms! If you would like to get involved in some way, please contact us via this website / facebook / 07773529731.
No-one on the Melksham Music Festival committee makes any financial gain by the event. All are unpaid volunteers. Any profit that we do make is pumped into future events and to purchase new equipment This said, we do not always make a profit and some funds are kept in reserve to enable future events to take place. Our event is fully licensed through Wiltshire Council and partner agencies such as the Police and without their agreement the event cannot be held. Wiltshire Council have made it clear that without fencing the area to manage crowd behaviour and alcohol consumption then no license will be granted. However, the perimeter fencing and engagement of our Security team all adds to our operating costs. We have been very fortunate to receive a grant from the Town Council and this year we managed to attract sponsorship from Carlsberg and The Signbuilder, along with other local businesses who also contributed. Whilst we are extremely grateful for this support, donations and sponsorship deals do not cover all our costs and this is why we charge an entry fee. Some have expressed resentment at paying to enter “their park” and refuse to do so on principle. That’s fine, but to be clear, there is no charge to enter the park, the amenities such as the skateboard and playground areas are freely available over Party in the Park weekend, the fee is levied to enter the event.
If you are seeking sponsorship or would like to support the festival event. This can be done by giving financially or by providing goods or services, or help in kind. Any amounts, large or small, will be most welcome. We can promote you or your company at the festival with stage & fence banners, advertising in the programme and on our website and social media. Again, should you wish to discuss this, please get in touch.
Please Note - Alcohol cannot be taken onto the site. Food & non-alcohol drinks are allowed. No GLASS.There is a bar on site and we do our best to keep bar prices as reasonable as possible, and in line with local pub prices
The Challenge 25 Scheme
Melksham Music Festival, as organisers of the events, take a responsible attitude to how their bar is run and to whom alcoholic drinks are served. As holders of a Premises Licence for the events, we have appointed Box Steam Brewery to be our Bar Suppliers. In this capacity, we are pleased to say that the Challenge 25 scheme will be in operation to help us prevent underage drinking of alcohol.
The following forms of ID will be accepted at the bar (not photocopies) from those who may appear to be under the age of 18 as proof of age:
- Driving licence
- Card with PASS hologram logo – these are available from 3 or 4 national card providers – they do incur a cost of around £15. Web site: http://www.pass-scheme.org.uk/card-suppliers
Whilst we do not encourage owners to bring their pets onto the site ( large crowds, loud noise, fireworks ), animals and in particular dogs, are permitted so long as the following rules are observed: Dogs must be kept on a lead and remain with their owners at all times. Owners must clean up any mess and dispose of this responsibly in the bins provided. If an animal is observed to be in distress or in an aggressive state the owners will be instructed to.remove the animal from the site immediately.
Party in the Park, ParkFest & The Melksham Monster Ball are pleased to have the support of Wiltshire Council