What a fabulous weekend for Leamington Spa’s Art in the Park 2016 – loads of sunshine but not too hot.  (I don’t really get on with anything over 25°C – must be the Welsh genes!)  In its third year, the art festival was bigger and better than ever with a great mix of artists’ stalls, workshops, music and activities.  Here’s a small selection of the photos I took.  You can find lots more on my Art in the Park 2016 photo gallery. Or alternatively watch the summary video:

 

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Organiser Carole Sleight asked deputy mayor of Leamington Spa, Cllr Caroline Evetts, to formally open proceedings at 10am on Saturday morning and we had a few words from the festival’s founder, Mo Finnesey too.

Organiser Carole Sleight, deputy mayor of Leamington Spa, Cllr Caroline Evetts, and festival founder Mo Finnesey opening Art in the Park 2016

The main marquee was busy right from the start.

The main marquee with lots of artists | Art in the Park 2016 | Leamington Spa

Later on in the morning we had the Big Pottery Throw Down with MP Chris White and Jo Cameron being shown how to make slab vases

Big pottery throw down with Chris White MP and Jo Cameron | Art in the Park 2016 | Leamington Spa

Lots of other workshops and events continued throughout the weekend. The local Poppy Appeal fundraisers enlisted everyone’s help making a stream of poppies that will appear again in the Royal Priors in October.  And the crowds were entertained by local musicians.

Poppy Appeal | Crowd dancing | Art in the Park 2016 | Leamington Spa

The Camouflage Festival had the task of hiding the Czech Memorial Fountain with trees and leaves cut out by festival goers.

 

Camouflaging the Czech Memorial Fountain, Jephson Gardens | Art in the Park 2016 | Leamington Spa

Finally, here’s my favourite Camouflage Festival team member, Ripley the cockapoo. You can always trust me to find a cute dog to photograph, even when the event has nothing to do with dogs ;-)

Doggie member of the Camouflage Festival team | Crowds at Art in the Park 2016 | Leamington Spa