Plimmerton carols this Saturday
Plimmerton’s Carols by the Beach next Saturday will have some of its most exciting performances yet, organisers say.
The festive family favourite at Plimmerton School is back for the ninth year this summer, with thousands expected to turn up.
There are lots of free activities planned for kids and parents alike, including sing-along carols, on-stage entertainment, bouncy castles and Zumba, as well as a visit from BJ Bear.
Keeping the event fresh after eight years could be tough, but one of the organisers, Amy West, said the event was going to be ‘‘bigger and better’’ this year. ‘‘It’s a mix of the old and the new, with regulars as well as some new bands.’’
The music line up is different this time around, with carols and modern music, as well as school students performing.
Co-organiser Matt Wood said there was a focus on getting local acts to play.
Avidiva and Cherry Bomb were two local names in the lineup, who would be covering the classics and could take requests on the day.
‘‘For adults we’ve got some really great performers,’’ Wood said.
‘‘We listen to feedback from attendees and keep trying to improve.
‘‘It’s a really good event and a chance to bring the community together for Christmas.’’
Families are encouraged to bring a picnic, but there will also be plenty of food available to buy from food trucks.
Carols by the Beach is sponsored by Porirua City Council and will be opened by mayor Mike Tana at 3pm.
‘‘It’s a fun free family night out at a busy time of year,’’ Matt said.
The event will go ahead in the school hall if the weather is bad.
Parking is available a threeminute walk away from Plimmerton School on Ulrich St.