Record number for Play Day fun

Fun activities drew a record crowd
Fun activities drew a record crowd

A record number of people turned out to enjoy a variety of free fun and entertainment at the fifth annual Banbury Play Day.

Last Wednesday about 2,800 adults and children visited People’s Park to take part in free sport, art and storytelling activities.

The event had been organised by Cherwell District Council in partnership with the Banbury Play Day Steering Group, who used the event as an opportunity to showcase youth groups and play organisations in the area.

Cllr George Reynolds, deputy leader, said: “Last year about 2,500 people came along to the play day but this year we saw a significant increase in the numbers as people made the most of the glorious sunshine.

“It was great to see the park so full and buzzing with the energy of hundreds of happy children.

“For many people, this event coincided with the official start of the summer holidays and so as well as keeping children entertained for the day, the presence of youth organisations around the town also helped to provide parents with inspiration for other ways to keep their children occupied over the six- week break.” A total of 38 stalls were set up providing information to parents and activities for children.

Among them were the council’s summer activity hubs team, Oxfordshire Play Association and representatives of Banbury’s children centres.

To mark the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, this year’s play day selected a Commonwealth theme and introduced a new sports zone where children could take part in various sporting activities, and Radio Horton provided entertainment during the day.