The Temple Newsam Estate will echo to the sounds of pop and classical music this summer as the dates have been announced for this year’s Party in the Park and Opera in the Park.
The two outdoor events organised by Leeds City Council will be held this year on the last weekend in July, with Opera in the Park on the evening of Saturday 27 July and Party in the Park the following day (Sunday 28 July). Tickets for both events will be available from this Wednesday (15 May).
A major change for this year brought about by the continuing significant budget challenges faced by the council is the decision to introduce a charge for those wishing to attend Party in the Park.
Bringing the event in line with Opera in the Park and also Classical Fantasia which will be held in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey in September, admission prices for all three events will be the same.
Public consultation over introducing charges for council-organised events such as Party in Park was carried out as part of the council’s online YouChoose budget challenge. A specific survey was also conducted for all successful and unsuccessful applicants who registered to attend Party in the Park in 2012, with over half of responses calling for nominal charges to be brought in.
Tickets for each of the three events in 2013 will be available for £5 for Breezecard holders, £6.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders, £8 for those with Leeds Active, LibraryCard and standard LEEDSCards and £10 for general admission. Discounted tickets for groups of friends/family members will also be available at £7 each for bookings of between five and 10 people. Children aged four and under will be able to attend free of charge although a separate ticket will be required.
Tickets for both Opera and Party in the Park will be will be available to purchase from Wednesday 15 May either online (www.leeds.gov.uk/opera or www.radioaire.com/partyinthepark respectively) or in person/by telephone from the city centre box office at The Carriageworks (0113 224 3801) or from Leeds Visitor Centre at the train station (0113 242 5242).
Tickets will also be available in person only from the Temple Newsam gift shop in the stable courtyard. Advanced car parking tickets are also available to purchase this year online and from the city centre box office.
A special 10 per cent early-bird discount offer will also be available for all Opera and Party in the Park tickets purchased before the end of May.
The ticket dates and event information for Classical Fantasia will be announced later in the summer.
Full details of the artist line-up for Party in the Park and Opera in the Park will follow in the weeks to come, with leading pop and classical performers following in the footsteps of the likes of One Direction, Dizzee Rascal, The Saturdays, The Script, JLS, Example, Katherine Jenkins, Lesley Garrett and Alfie Boe in taking to the stage at Temple Newsam.
Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:
“As with many other areas of the council, due to the ongoing budget situation we can no longer avoid making the very difficult decision to bring Party in the Park in line with Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia and introduce admission fees.
“This decision was one we had resisted for previous years and is one we have not taken lightly, and we have worked hard to keep prices as low as we can. Party in the Park is a fantastic event for Leeds, and we are sure this year’s line-up which will be announced in the next few weeks will make for another exciting day out at Temple Newsam.”
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