A licensing application has been filed for a three-day festival of food, drink and entertainment in Priory Park, Reigate.
Jess Productions intend to hold the event once a year on a late spring or summer weekend, with admission by ticket, the firm’s application agent has confirmed.
Jess Productions have previously operated festivals in Oxted.
The Reigate event would be held from a Friday to a Sunday, on the grassed area in the Bell Street side of the park. Music and drinks would run to 11pm on the Friday and Saturday, and 9pm on the Sunday.
The application states:
“On offer at the event will be a selection of local and craft beers & ciders, a variety of food offerings, including street foods from all corners of the globe as well as more local produce.
Entertainment will range from children’s entertainment, local community groups, alongside live music and performance.
All set around the local park, the whole event seeks to be quintessentially English and quite unique to the area.
Jess Productions, who will deliver the event, have extensive experience of successfully delivering similar events in similar type locations.”
The topic of the park and licensable events was the subject of debate earlier this year when the council’s greenspaces team tried to arrange a blanket licence for ten events a year, so that individual operators wouldn’t have to apply each time. However, the council’s licensing committee rejected that, because of the proposal’s broad scope and a lack of detail.
The council does charge for the use of its parks on a (discretionary) sliding scale – large commercial events in Priory Park are stated on its website to cost “from £750 a day” plus other charges such as for bins.
In recent years another food and drink festival, Eat Food Fest, has operated in the park over a summer weekend, centred around the sunken garden. Philippa Ratcliffe, of organisers Root & Prosper, says that they are using a different venue for 2019, to be announced soon.