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Family festival comes to the streets of Merthyr

Some of the UK's best street theatre companies will be dropping into Merthyr Tydfil town centre as part of the exciting Merthyr Amazes festival. Add to this a fabuous display of vintage vehicles and Merthyr will be alive with interest on Saturday 19th August.


Visitors to the town can expect to be amazed, amused and astonished as they are treated to a day of street theatre, wacky walkabout characters and live entertainment. Taking place on Saturday 19 August between 10am and 3pm in the town centre, the event is organised by The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil Business Improvement District (BID).


The line-up of top street theatre acts features the turbo-charged Granny Turismo perched atop their souped-up shopping trollies, Victoria gadgeteer Prof. Keith Robinson, otherwise known as Circus Fudge, with his Very Curious Contrivance - The Flatulator, The 2 Men whose 'Wardens' will be out and about enforcing any rule or law they see fit, and Jelly Rollers and their curious bubble-blowing musical organ. Add in some balloon modelling and magic tricks and visitors and shoppers are in for a spectacular day's live entertainment.


Meanwhile, in Penderyn Square, the pace will be slightly slower with a vintage transport display of buses, classic cars and scooters guaranteed to be the focus of lots of attention. Open top bus tours will also be departing from the square on the hour and half-hour between 11am and 2.30pm for a quick trip around Merthyr Tydfil.


Visitors can also drop in and enjoy a couple of unusual arts activities taking place throughout the day. Safety Catch Productions' comedy portrait photographer will be enticing sitters to pose for their portrait with some rather surprising results whilst Scott Walker will work with both children and adults to create a huge piece of community artwork covered in attention-grabbing cartoons.

Antonia Pompa, Co-ordinator of The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil said, "Our town centre will be alive with unusual sights and sounds on Saturday 19th August. We're delighted to be welcoming some fabulous street theatre acts to the town and I can promise that visitors to Merthyr Amazes will see sights they’ve never seen before.”


“I think the vintage transport display in Penderyn Square will also prove very popular, not just with transport buffs but with anyone who love to see old vehicles.”


She added, “Families looking for a fun day out during the children's summer holidays are especially welcome. All the activities are free and it is only £1 to park all day in the pay and display car parks so there is plenty of time to enjoy the entertainment, get a bite to eat and do some shopping.”


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