Thai culture draws thousands to festival

Thai culture draws thousands to festival

Thai culture draws thousands to festival

Thai culture draws thousands to festival

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THOUSANDS of people flocked to Bournemouth's King's Park at the weekend to sample the tastes, sounds and culture of Thailand.

The 11th Thai Summer Festival took place on Saturday and Sunday, after being opened by Bournemouth Mayor Cllr Chris Mayne - who got into the spirit of things by dancing on stage with two pink feather fans.

Event presenter Nigel Gillespie told the Daily Echo: “The mayor's dancing was quite a sight. He was wearing a hat and danced with these pink fans, the crowd loved it.”

Nigel joked: “I said to the people at the time, 'if you see a man walking around in a suit and a trilby hat that looks like a gangster, don't worry he's the mayor of Bournemouth and he's just escaped.”

The fun continued throughout the weekend, with performances by London's Thai Culture and Dance Centre, dancers from Boscombe, Thai boxing demonstrations and a variety of craft, food and drinks stalls.

Pop star Kandy Rakkaen, a huge name in her native Thailand, also performed on both days.

Nigel said: “We didn't quite realise just how much of a star at home Kandy was - the Thai people flocked around her when she came on stage. She had her own security and crew and is a really big star.”

Saturday's rainy weather kept numbers down to several hundred, organisers said, but Nigel told the Echo on Sunday he was expecting the usual three or four thousand attendance.

Nigel said: “We had a super time, it was a really great event.”

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9:14am Tue 5 Aug 14

susi.m says...

My husband and I went over with my daughter and her husband plus a toddler and baby. We just wanted a quick look round and to buy some food. It was going to cost us £20 to get in - so we decided against it. If it had been £2-3 pound each we would have paid that, even for a short visit. I don't know how many people went through the gate but at midday on Sunday there weren't many people there.
My husband and I went over with my daughter and her husband plus a toddler and baby. We just wanted a quick look round and to buy some food. It was going to cost us £20 to get in - so we decided against it. If it had been £2-3 pound each we would have paid that, even for a short visit. I don't know how many people went through the gate but at midday on Sunday there weren't many people there. susi.m
  • Score: 5

9:36am Tue 5 Aug 14

H2o-hara says...

Why is it that only UK the entry prices are so ridiculously high ? In Canada my wife and friends found open air events free ....Rip - off Britain of course .
Why is it that only UK the entry prices are so ridiculously high ? In Canada my wife and friends found open air events free ....Rip - off Britain of course . H2o-hara
  • Score: 5

10:39am Tue 5 Aug 14

jill M says...

We ve just spent three weeks touring Canada, we only had to pay to park once, and we went on two ferries, a twenty minute ride each time, all totally free! I wonder what people from other countries think when they come here and get charged at every opportunity.
We ve just spent three weeks touring Canada, we only had to pay to park once, and we went on two ferries, a twenty minute ride each time, all totally free! I wonder what people from other countries think when they come here and get charged at every opportunity. jill M
  • Score: 5

12:37pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Azphreal says...

'Saturday's rainy weather kept numbers down to several hundred, organisers said, but Nigel told the Echo on Sunday he was expecting the usual three or four thousand attendance. ' So NO thousands did not turn up but they 'EXPECTED' thousands to turn up which if the numbers there when i walked past sunday was anything to go by did not happen.
'Saturday's rainy weather kept numbers down to several hundred, organisers said, but Nigel told the Echo on Sunday he was expecting the usual three or four thousand attendance. ' So NO thousands did not turn up but they 'EXPECTED' thousands to turn up which if the numbers there when i walked past sunday was anything to go by did not happen. Azphreal
  • Score: 2

12:43pm Tue 5 Aug 14

master plan says...

susi.m wrote:
My husband and I went over with my daughter and her husband plus a toddler and baby. We just wanted a quick look round and to buy some food. It was going to cost us £20 to get in - so we decided against it. If it had been £2-3 pound each we would have paid that, even for a short visit. I don't know how many people went through the gate but at midday on Sunday there weren't many people there.
Try the one that will be on at baiter in September I hear it's £2.50 an adult and £1 for kids went last year really enjoyed it and the food was smashing
[quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: My husband and I went over with my daughter and her husband plus a toddler and baby. We just wanted a quick look round and to buy some food. It was going to cost us £20 to get in - so we decided against it. If it had been £2-3 pound each we would have paid that, even for a short visit. I don't know how many people went through the gate but at midday on Sunday there weren't many people there.[/p][/quote]Try the one that will be on at baiter in September I hear it's £2.50 an adult and £1 for kids went last year really enjoyed it and the food was smashing master plan
  • Score: 4

12:52pm Tue 5 Aug 14

master plan says...

jill M wrote:
We ve just spent three weeks touring Canada, we only had to pay to park once, and we went on two ferries, a twenty minute ride each time, all totally free! I wonder what people from other countries think when they come here and get charged at every opportunity.
Things are so wrong in this country traveling around matches for the World Cup on planes, buses, boats and taxis in a month I reckon I spent the same as a first class ticket from here to London with a taxi thrown into it for a day trip.
[quote][p][bold]jill M[/bold] wrote: We ve just spent three weeks touring Canada, we only had to pay to park once, and we went on two ferries, a twenty minute ride each time, all totally free! I wonder what people from other countries think when they come here and get charged at every opportunity.[/p][/quote]Things are so wrong in this country traveling around matches for the World Cup on planes, buses, boats and taxis in a month I reckon I spent the same as a first class ticket from here to London with a taxi thrown into it for a day trip. master plan
  • Score: 2

3:02pm Tue 5 Aug 14

crispy_pants says...

We too would have gone in. I refuse to pay an entry fee to see nothing. You must have lost a lot of entries by charging. And what is the incentive in winning one air ticket, unless you are going over to find a Thai bride?
We too would have gone in. I refuse to pay an entry fee to see nothing. You must have lost a lot of entries by charging. And what is the incentive in winning one air ticket, unless you are going over to find a Thai bride? crispy_pants
  • Score: 3

7:56pm Tue 5 Aug 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

master plan wrote:
susi.m wrote:
My husband and I went over with my daughter and her husband plus a toddler and baby. We just wanted a quick look round and to buy some food. It was going to cost us £20 to get in - so we decided against it. If it had been £2-3 pound each we would have paid that, even for a short visit. I don't know how many people went through the gate but at midday on Sunday there weren't many people there.
Try the one that will be on at baiter in September I hear it's £2.50 an adult and £1 for kids went last year really enjoyed it and the food was smashing
Well you got that wrong the entrance fee was not £20.00 and that was for the mini concert arranged by Singha Beer.A totally independent organiser.
[quote][p][bold]master plan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: My husband and I went over with my daughter and her husband plus a toddler and baby. We just wanted a quick look round and to buy some food. It was going to cost us £20 to get in - so we decided against it. If it had been £2-3 pound each we would have paid that, even for a short visit. I don't know how many people went through the gate but at midday on Sunday there weren't many people there.[/p][/quote]Try the one that will be on at baiter in September I hear it's £2.50 an adult and £1 for kids went last year really enjoyed it and the food was smashing[/p][/quote]Well you got that wrong the entrance fee was not £20.00 and that was for the mini concert arranged by Singha Beer.A totally independent organiser. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: -1

2:31pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Chang Yai says...

I have to agree with the previous commenters, My wife and I decided to give it a miss this year due of the entry fee which does seem a little steep considering all the competition Southampton £2, Christchurch Free and Poole (Baiter) £2.50
The food prices seemed to have jumped as well perhaps because stall plot fees have increased proportionally?
We may have paid the £5 had we known Khun Rakkaen was appearing but I saw no mention of this on the Flyers (I did see the £5 mentioned) or on the website which hasn’t been updated recently.
I have to agree with the previous commenters, My wife and I decided to give it a miss this year due of the entry fee which does seem a little steep considering all the competition Southampton £2, Christchurch Free and Poole (Baiter) £2.50 The food prices seemed to have jumped as well perhaps because stall plot fees have increased proportionally? We may have paid the £5 had we known Khun Rakkaen was appearing but I saw no mention of this on the Flyers (I did see the £5 mentioned) or on the website which hasn’t been updated recently. Chang Yai
  • Score: 0

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