Wisbech complex needs school Meadowgate Academy to hold summer festival for pupils, parents and public

Children at Meadowgate Academy in Wisbech, which is holding a Meadowgate Festival this summer. Pictu

Children at Meadowgate Academy in Wisbech, which is holding a Meadowgate Festival this summer. Picture: Meadowgate Academy - Credit: Archant

A complex needs school in Wisbech is planning to hold its first summer music festival for pupils and families.

Meadowgate Academy will hold Meadowfest on Friday, June 23 and Saturday 24 at the school on Meadowgate Lane.

Emma Bird, one of the organisers, said it had been made a reality with the help of local businesses, entertainers, the fire service and nearby schools and colleges.

She said: 'Many public events simply can't cater for the needs of people with special needs and so the opportunities for fun, outside of the home, are very limited for our families.

'That's why we are organising a summer festival, for our pupils, their families and the local community where they can come and experience a music festival and lots of entertainment in an environment where they can truly be themselves and not judged by their behaviour, looks or abilities.

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'We want to give our families an experience to remember, to feel part of the community and have a sense of normality which is often lost when caring for young people with additional needs.

'This is the first time we have ever tried anything as ambitious on this scale but we are determined to make it an event to remember for our amazing pupils and their dedicated families.'

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Tickets for the Friday are free, while tickets on Saturday - which is open to the public - cost £1 each.

To book or for more information call 01945 461836.

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