Monster truck parks itself in Parliament Street for one day only

It's behind you… Freddie McDougall meets the Red Dragon Monster Truck on Parliament Street in York today. Photograph: Richard McDougall
19 Mar 2016 @ 12.55 pm
| Entertainment
It's behind you… Freddie McDougall meets the Red Dragon Monster Truck on Parliament Street in York today. Photograph: Richard McDougall
It’s behind you… Freddie McDougall meets the Red Dragon Monster Truck on Parliament Street in York today. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Look at the size of it!

This Red Dragon Monster Truck paid a visit to Parliament Street in York on Saturday (March 19), from 10am-5pm. It offered shoppers a taster of a brand new festival – Show In The Park – which takes place on Knavesmire this July.

Visitors to the festival will be able to take a ride in the rough, tough monster truck.

“This is a festival which we designed for families to come and let down their hair with their friends – there will be a real party atmosphere,” says organiser, John Lowery.

Show In The Park 2016

York Racecourse

Sat Jul 30 & Sun Jul 31 2016 @ 11am-10pm

One day adult pass is £12.50, £10 12-16-year-olds, £5 for 6-11-year olds, under-fives free

Show In The Park Facebook page

Website

More acts revealed

Part of the fun – the Take That Experience
Part of the fun – the Take That Experience

More details of the festival – including extra headline acts – have been revealed. During the day, visitors can enjoy attractions including stunt shows, BMX displays, circus workshops, a marching band, falconry displays and a petting zoo.

Six-year-old Rhiannon Cossins is amazed by the size of the Monster Truck wheels in York
Six-year-old Rhiannon Cossins is amazed by the size of the Monster Truck wheels in York
Each evening, the Knavesmire will rock to the sound of top tribute bands The Take That Experience, The Ed Sheeran Experience (both on Sunday) and – as seen on ITV’s This Morning – Only One Direction (Saturday).

Britain’s Got Talent finalist, comedy ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, will also be bringing his unique blend of impressions, songs and amazing voice talents to the stage on Saturday evening.

Other quirky entertainment during the festival includes Granny Tourismo, described as the only shopping trolley dance display team in the world, street entertainer Dangerous Derek, and a mind-bending Vortex tunnel.

Party band Spinoffs! and local band The Mothers will also be appearing.

Aerobatic display cancelled

An event originally planned – an evening aerial pyrotechnic display – has been replaced in the programme with more live entertainment on the stage.

New requirements for safety checks following the Shoreham Air Show accident, and the time taken to process applications meant that the aerial display would not have been approved until much closer to the event.

Organisers did not wish to disappoint visitors if approval had not been granted.

John said everyone will have wristbands to get in “so they can come and go as they please – perfect for families with younger children who might want an afternoon nap before the evening’s festivities start – but there will be something exciting happening from 11am to 10pm each day”.

The wristband covers access to all arena entertainments and the evening concerts, and £5 worth of vouchers towards funfair rides.

There will be additional charges for rides on the fairground and monster trucks. There will also be plenty of diverse catering alongside a craft fair and licenced bar.