Beach party to return to Stowmarket this year

Stowmarket beach party

Stowmarket beach party

An open-air screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be coming to a Suffolk town’s beach party later this year.

Stowmarket Town Council will be bringing the seaside to the town for the Beach Party, which takes place at the Recreation Ground on September 10.

The free-to-enter event will see live music, donkey rides, Punch and Judy, circus skills workshop, bouncy castles and a giant sand pit before climaxing with the screening of the seventh instalment in the Star Wars series.

The Golden Mile race will return to the day’s activities again this year.

Organised in partnership with Stowmarket Striders, the first race attracted more than 200 runners in 2014, each making their way from Pikes Meadow to the Recreation Ground. In 2015 the race grew to 250 runners and more are expected to take part this year.

Golden Mile race director Tucker Larke said: “With this race becoming extremely popular with club runners and the local community, we have increased the race capacity to 300.

“We are proud to attract the support of sponsors and our thanks go to Stowmarket Town Council, Muntons, Sweatshop Ipswich and our new sponsor Cedarwood Veterinary Practice, who help make this race possible.”

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The Beach Party will once again see the town council working in partnership with charity Trust Maria, which was set up in memory of Maria Mcsloy.

It aims to raise much-needed funds to provide specialist equipment and facilities for local hospices.

David Marsh, who organises the Beach Party on behalf of the town council, said: “Last year’s event went well, the Stowmarket Striders and Trust Maria are great organisations to work with and have helped us grow the Beach Party into the community event it is today.

“The event has always been about creating a day out that the whole family could enjoy together without spending a fortune.” The event runs from 2-9.45pm.

The party will also give other local charities the chance to raise funds.

Anyone interested in having a free pitch at the event should email

To enter the Golden Mile race, visit