Memorial Park cafe closure causes uncertainty for Keynsham Music Festival organisers

Published on: 02 Apr 2016

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April 2016

The Memorial Park café remained shut over the Easter bank holiday weekend, despite hopes a temporary arrangement might have been reached in time for the break.

The popular venue closed last month, and a deal with a new operator fell through at the last minute before the bank holiday.

A Bath and North East Somerset Council spokesperson said: "The council was progressing a letting to a new café operator. Unfortunately they decided not to proceed at the last minute.

"We will therefore be advertising the opportunity shortly, as part of plans to refresh the offer in Keynsham Memorial Park, and will welcome applications from any interested parties."

While there would have been disappointed visitors to the café over the Easter break, Keynsham Music Festival organisers are hoping more than most that a long-term solution is found before summer.

A spokesperson said: “The park cafe has been central to festival activities, from Thursday evening’s Opera in The Park, Friday’s events including the Cinema under the Stars and is a focal point on the Saturday and Sunday – often for the more elderly to sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

“Our good relations with the former leaseholders have given a great deal to the festival, including use of chairs and tables, food for the site crew and late opening for food and hot and cold drinks at evening weekday events.”

For the past two years, the festival has also taken its crucial water supply from the café, paying for a supply point and health inspections of the water and pipes on the Friday before the event.

The spokesperson added: “There will be some significant changes to the festival if a new leaseholder isn’t in place by June and [we hope] that they prove to be as amenable to festival events as the previous.”

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