The Sydney Hills has delivered its most successful Summer Series yet, holding a record number of events and welcoming a record number of attendees over the summer months.
New to Summer Series in 2015/16 was the Sydney Hills Water Wonderland-the world’s largest inflatable water park and the Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema which returned to the Hills for a second time, this time as part of the Summer Series calendar.
Summer Series also saw the return of crowd favourites; Shakespeare in the Park, Convict Footprints, Australia Day at the Farm and the Christmas and NYE Sky Shows which saw audience attendance reach a record 34,000 over the month of December.
Mayor of the Hills Shire Dr Michelle Byrne has praised Summer Series, citing the local and visor economy as its main beneficiaries.
“The Sydney Hills Summer Series was originally designed by council to encourage Hills residents to ‘stay local’ over the summer period and boost both the local business and visitor economies,” Mayor Byrne said.
“Summer Series has consistently provided fantastic events and experiences for the Hills Community to enjoy and this summer was no exception. With more events and higher attendance than ever before, the Sydney Hills Summer Series has gained traction and recognition with the wider Sydney community and proved its value locally” she said.
Summer Series came to an end with the conclusion of Convict Footprints at the Farm and the Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema on 14 February. The Hills Shire Council is currently running event surveys on their website to gather feedback from event patrons that will inform next summer’s Summer Series. Head to www.summerseries.com.au to have your say.
The year ahead has some exciting events in store for the local Hills Community. 2016 will see Youth and Senior’s week events in April, Convict Footprints: Rebellion in April and May, the return of the Orange Blossom Festival and parade in September, the launch of Summer Series 2016/17 in October as well as other cultural, music and food festivals and sporting fan days throughout the year.
“It’s always exciting to see what the Sydney Hills Events calendar looks like from year to year. As time has gone on our events have gotten bigger and better and incorporated new and exciting cultural celebrations, entertainment and community involvement,” Mayor Byrne said.
“I can’t wait to be a part of the community celebrations the Hills Council will deliver in 2016.”