Security measures will be increased at next month’s Party in The Park in Sudbury in a bid to deter troublemakers.
The free family fun day takes place at Belle Vue Park in Newton Road from 11am on Sunday, July 21, and will be the fifth time the Sudbury Town Council-run event has been held.
Last year’s event was marred by a fight between two groups and two arrests were made as police were forced to use pepper spray.
Organiser Teresa Elford said: “This year, we have employed a security firm and we will have them patrolling the area during the day.”
She added that nobody would be admitted after 8pm.
“We decided that the problems were caused by people who had come in late and had been drinking elsewhere,” she said.
“The security guards will be on the gate from about 7pm and, if someone has had too much to drink, they will be turned away.”
Mrs Elford said that the vast majority of visitors were well-behaved and several thousand people were expected.
“We are hoping that what we have done this year will stop any problems,” she said.
“Unfortunately, it is the odd few that spoil it for everybody else. Most are there with their children and are having a good time, which is what it is all about.”
This year, the festivities will be opened by a procession from the Samboomba Samba Band and feature an array of performances from martial arts, dance and keep fit groups from the Sudbury area.
Activities outside the main area include body zorbing, trampolines, circus workshops, music drop-in sessions, trampolines, sports coaching, bungee runs, Punch and Judy shows and bouncy castles, with live music from several bands in the evening.
Mrs Elford said: “We have some fantastic acts providing entertainment for the entire family.”
For more information, call Mrs Elford on 01787 372331.