All smiles as hundreds enjoy Banbury SummerFest in Princess Diana Park

Albie Strangwood. Photo: Sanctuary Housing
Albie Strangwood. Photo: Sanctuary Housing

Good times were had in Princess Diana Park when over 400 local people gathered for SummerFest - Banbury’s annual summertime celebration.

Adventurous children tried off-road cycling and explored their vertical limits on a bouldering climbing wall.

Chiaki Tachikawa and Leila Haider. Photo: Sanctuary Housing

Chiaki Tachikawa and Leila Haider. Photo: Sanctuary Housing

Creative kids tried their hand at DIY face painting and others burned off energy on the football pitch.

The smoothie bike was in constant demand and families took advantage of the ideal picnic weather.

Children tried new foods including Afghan salad, watermelon and banana cake, which were available at a free food stand.

Hosted by the Sunshine Centre and supported by Sanctuary Housing, Oxfordshire Play Association (OPA) and Cherwell District Council, families got together to enjoy a free action-packed day in the sun.

Esme and Lillie-Mai Brough with firefighter Richard Hughes. Photo: Sanctuary Housing

Esme and Lillie-Mai Brough with firefighter Richard Hughes. Photo: Sanctuary Housing

Sunshine Centre manager Jill Edge said: “There was a magical atmosphere and we were thrilled that children were reading to each other in our storytelling tent, sharing the love of books.”

“It was lovely to see the community coming together and having fun.”

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “It was great to see happy faces at the community-led event and we would like to thank all of the partners who contributed to the success of the day.”