This weekend, the Stratford district will be celebrating 10 years of Summer Nights, the district's free community concert and movie events.

On Saturday, Taranaki crowd pleasers The Slacks will be headlining the Summer Nights Concert.

Stratford District Council's director of community services Kate Whareaitu says Summer Nights is a favourite on the community events calendar.

"There's something special about being outdoors, in the beautiful setting of King Edward Park, enjoying live entertainment. It's definitely one to tick off the bucket list if you haven't been before.


"To celebrate reaching double digits we're inviting everyone to make a weekend of it and enjoy outdoor movies the next day," she says.

Summer Nights Movies starts from noon on Sunday 19 January with three films on show. Choose from The Greatest Showman, Toy Story 4 and Bumblebee, or settle in for a full day of watching all three.

"It's the perfect lazy Sunday activity, chilling outside in front of the big screen," says Kate.

Both events are held at the Ted McCullough Rhododendron Dell in King Edward Park, Stratford.

Food and drinks are available to purchase at both events, and people are welcome to bring their own picnic.

Foot traffic entry points into the Dell include Brecon Road (opposite Maryann Rest Home), Malone Gates on Fenton Street and back of Stratford Primary School on Regan Street. Parking is available at Stratford Primary School, Regan Street entrance.

Brecon Road will be closed to vehicles from Regan Street to Maryann Rest Home. However access will be given to all residents of this part of Brecon Road, and staff and visitors to the rest home.

There is also limited mobility parking available on Brecon Road for those who have a mobility parking permit. Alternatively wheelchair access is available using the footpath leading from Malone Gates.

■ Follow Stratford District Council's Facebook page or check the website for more information and all the latest event details.


Summer Nights 2020 Programme:
Concert: Saturday 18 January 2020
2.00pm - Start
2.30pm - Just Us
3.45pm - Trip Change
5.00pm - The Slacks
7.00pm - Finish
Performances by The Dance Project throughout the evening.
Movies: Sunday 19 January 2020
Times approximate.
12pm - The Greatest Showman (PG)
2.15pm - Toy Story 4 (G)
4.15pm - Bumblebee (PG-13)