Glow in the Park bigger and better

IMPRESSIVE: Glow in the Park last year at Tinwald Domain was attended by thousands of people. PHOTO FILE
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Visitors to Glow in the Park 2024 in the Ashburton Domain can expect bigger and brighter attractions at the three-day festive event.

It starts on Friday evening and runs through until Sunday, opening from 5.30pm to 9.30pm each day.

They are also being encouraged to bring a big appetite. About 20 food trucks will be selling a variety of dishes.

Council compliance and development group manager Jane Donaldson said the original event in late 2021 was to have been held in the Ashburton Domain, but was postponed because of Covid.

It was moved to Tinwald, where numbers were easier to control.

More than 17000 people turned out to support Glow in the Park over its two days at the Tinwald Domain and Plains Historical complex. Rain on the third day saw the event cancelled.

‘‘But now we are back at the Ashburton Domain, which will be celebrating its 160th birthday and this will be the perfect event to celebrate,” Donaldson said.

Asian cuisine, as well as Mexican, Spanish, Indian and American barbecue food, and fried favourites like hot chips and donuts will be available.

Donaldson said feedback from visitors to last year’s Glow in the Park was that more food offerings were wanted.

“Last year our visitor numbers exploded, so we’ve listened and organised more food trucks.

“They’ll all be clustered in the central car park and there’ll be tables and chairs so people can sit and enjoy something to eat before or after they set out on the trail of light.’’

Onsite parking will only be available for those with mobility issues, on the old netball courts at the corner of Elizabeth and Grigg Sts. Visitors will be able to park on surrounding streets.

There will also be a low sensory session on Sunday, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, where people numbers and noise will be reduced.

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