IT looks set to go ahead this year!

Penarth’s biggest festival of the summer; the summer festival and downhill derby, is set to return after Penarth Town Council released a press release on the event.

Last year, thousands of people were left disappointed when the event had to be cancelled due to high winds.

However, this year, fingers crossed, the weather looks set to be better.

The event is being hosted on July 13, and, according to the Met Office’s long term forecast, the weather could be favourable.

Penarth’s summer festival and downhill derby, takes place on July 13, from midday to 8pm.

Hosted on the iconic Penarth Esplanade, the event will bring together live music, refreshments, and the thrills of the downhill derby for a day of unforgettable fun.

Organised by Penarth Town Council, the summer festival and derby is free for all.

A council spokesperson said: “Prepare to be entertained by an impressive lineup of performers, including the sensational Penarth Operatic and Dramatic Society, Stonehouse, Wonderbrass, and Big Mac’s Wholly soul Band.

“The pulse-pounding action of the downhill derby will take centre stage, providing adrenaline-fueled excitement for participants and onlookers.

“There will also be an array of community stalls and fairground rides.”

Last year, the festival had to be cancelledLast year, the festival had to be cancelled (Image: Supplied)

What is the Met Office saying the weather will be like up to the middle of July?

It could get windy and rainy before settling down in time for the downhill derby! That’s the tentative prediction from the Met Office.

In their long-term weather forecast made between Saturday, July 6, and Monday, July 15, the Met Office say: “The coming weekend is likely to be rather cool and showery, particularly so on Saturday although the most frequent showers are likely to be reserved for the northwest of the country.

“Into the following week, further cloud and rain bearing weather systems are likely to move across the UK, accompanied by stronger winds at times in the west, continuing the recent changeable theme.

“However, there are tentative signs that following the early part of next week, conditions may begin to gradually turn a bit more settled, this particularly so across eastern parts.”

Get those carts ready for 2024!Get those carts ready for 2024! (Image: PTC)

Penarth Town mayor, Cllr Gwenda Roberts said: "We are all looking forward to this year's summer festival and its exciting downhill derby! There will be so much for children and people of all ages to enjoy.”

For more information about the festival, stay updated by following the Penarth Town Council Facebook page or visit