Breaston May Day Gala

A great day out for the family

In 2002 Breaston held a Gala to commemorate  the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It was so well received by the people of Breaston that the Parish Council decided to make it an annual event  to provide entertainment for the residents of Breaston and the local area, their families and friends. It attracts a crowd of around 1,500 people each year.

The Gala comprises of a number of sites for private organisations' and charities' stalls. There is an annual dog show, an engineering society provides train rides and there are many children’s attractions. (Round-a-bouts, bouncy castle etc.)  These items are supported by a  variety of food outlets.

A central arena provides the space for a number of displays that run from the opening  at 11.00am until closing time at 4.00pm.  In the past these have included a young gymnast display team, marching bands, maypole dancing by local school children, a dog agility demonstration, line dancing, children’s races, tug of war competition and recently added Breaston’s Strongest Man & Woman events! An attempt is made to introduce something different on each occasion.  A  great effort is made to include as much ‘local’ participation as possible both in the arena and in supporting displays.

Plans for the 2020 Gala were organised to a theme for the 75th anniversary of VE Day a change from the usual format. Sadly in both 2020 and 2021 the event was cancelled due to the restrictions surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. We were extremely thankful therefore, in 2022 when we were able to run the event altered from previous years with the theme a Celebration of the Queen’s 70th Jubilee with a nod to the VE Day celebrations thrown in. A marvellous turnout of people were treated to a great variety of entertainment and a wonderful day was had by all.

The Gala is non-profit making. It is run by a committee of willing volunteers and runs as a sub-committee of the Parish Council. We are always looking for new ideas and anyone can volunteer to be part of the Committee, please contact the Clerk for more information.

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The Gala for 2024 will be held on Monday the 6th of May 11am – 4pm
Duffield Close

Stall Booking Form

Come along and get involved, whether you get involved with the bake off or just come along to watch, everyone is welcome.  The Dog show is back so everyone who thinks their dog is the best thing since sliced bread now is your chance for your pooch to be in the spotlight. We'll be looking for Breaston's Strongest man and woman, so get into training and of course the tug o' war will return, which team will win the coveted trophy this year?  There's lots of entertainment and fun and games planned for the day so we only need to keep our fingers crossed for dry weather now!!!

Plans are all in place for the May Day Gala, all we need is for the weather to behave itself between now and the day. We are concerned about the state of the ground which is still soggy after what has been an unbelievably wet winter. A decision will be made in the week before the event and we will let everyone know if the event has to be cancelled.
So let's all keep everything crossed that it JUST STOPS RAINING!!!


Councillor Lisa Patrick
07792 294189
Site Manager Peter Hampshire
07803 258 604
Clerk Nicala O’Leary
01332 870119

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