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Despite a rainy start, Leamington Spa’s Art in the Park event was a roaring success this weekend. Centred in the beautiful Jephson Gardens, there was lots to see and do. This year is the 4th year for the event, and Carole Sleight and her team did an excellent job of getting it all running like clockwork. The “circus” theme was inspired by world famous acrobat and elephant trainer, Sam Lockhart, who lived in Leamington in the late 19th and early 20th century.

I’ve included a few photos in this blog post, but if you’d like to see the full set, click on the button below.

Here are the Circo de Samba, a group of over 50 drummers brought together by Anne Watson especially to open the festivities.

Circo de Samba at the Jephson Garden gates | Art in the Park 2017

Circo de Samba drummers performing at Art in the Park 2017 - Leamington Spa Warwickshire

Anne Watson - Circo de Samba - Art in the Park 2017

Cllr Caroline Evetts, Mayor of Leamington and the Circo de Samba, volunteers and sponsors officially opening Art in the Park 2017 with party poppers

Elephants being painted at Art in the Park, Leamington Spa

Close up of elephants being painted at Art in the Park 2017, Leamington Spa

Volunteer with entertainment at Art in the Park 2017

Artist stallholders outside the Jephson Gardens, Art in the Park 2017

The Three Graces elephants promoting Art in the Park 2017 outside the main gates to the Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa

Decorated elephants outside Art in the Park 2017

Crowds enjoying the sunshine | Art in the Park 2017

Artist Sueli Moreton, demonstrating her skills at Art in the Park 2017 | Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Dancers from Leamington and Warwick Academy of Dance entertaining the crowds at Art in the Park 2017