THE bosses of a popular Braintree music festival are promising "even more this year” when it returns in May.

Festival in the Gardens, an annual music festival which takes place in Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens, in Bocking End, will return on May 25 and 26.

The event offers live music, children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, food and bars, and thousands flock to the festival every year.

This year’s Saturday headliner is Miss Disco, a vibrant group celebrating the best hits of the genre.

Sunday will be closed by the high-energy function band Band Theft Audio, which was formed by members of rock group Missing Andy.

Braintree and Witham Times: Sunday headliner - Band Theft AudioSunday headliner - Band Theft Audio (Image: Festival in The Gardens)

The festival is run and organised by businesswoman and operator of Coffee House in the Gardens Rachel Woodcraft, her husband, festival designer and photographer Warren Woodcraft, and recording studio owner Elliot Richardson.

Rachel said: “People are constantly telling me that the festival is one of the best things to ever happen in the town.

“The atmosphere is always incredible, with a weekend packed full of fun for people of all ages.

“We’re hoping to offer even more this year, especially for the kids.”

On Sunday, renowned folk artist Beans On Toast will perform, as well as a set from Halstead rock group the Beavers.

Braintree and Witham Times: Act - Beans On ToastAct - Beans On Toast (Image: Warren Woodcraft)

Elliot, who is in charge of booking the musical acts for the festival, said: “We have acts appearing at the festival who’ve performed at Glastonbury and played at Wembley Arena.

“When you consider that adult day tickets are just £12 in advance and completely free for under 16s, the line-up is ridiculously good value.”

Warren said the team had listened to feedback from the last two years and would make the festival even better this time around.

He said: “People told us they loved the kids' area and the shows in the kids' tent, so we have even more coming this year.

Braintree and Witham Times: Band - a crowd watching The Beavers performing in HalsteadBand - a crowd watching The Beavers performing in Halstead (Image: Warren Woodcraft)

“We’re also restructuring the bar to cut down queue times, and we’ve ordered even more toilets than last year. It turns out you can never have enough toilets at a festival.”

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