Families enjoy free summer of fun with Castle Quay’s boredom-busting activites

Marina the Mermaid and Pirate Percy in Castle Quay Shopping Centre
Marina the Mermaid and Pirate Percy in Castle Quay Shopping Centre

Families have enjoyed a summer of fun at Castle Quay Shopping Centre at a number of free activities and events for everyone to enjoy.

Castle Quay welcomed back Duck Tales activities for children, including one-day events, weekly free arts and crafts fun and a variety of workshops – all inspired from the books in The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

Isla, 3, and Sophia, 7, enjoy the Castle Quay Lego day

Isla, 3, and Sophia, 7, enjoy the Castle Quay Lego day

Centre manager Paul Jackson said: “Our Duck Tales events have proved very popular throughout the summer holidays, and it’s great to be able to offer so many free events and activities for all the family to get involved in.”

To kick off the free summer of fun, Marina the Mermaid and Pirate Percy captivated families with the giant ‘sea sphere globe’ on July 24.

Children had the chance turn into their own mermaids and pirates with decorative face painting and a selection of costumes to choose from.

The free fun continued on July 31, coinciding with the book I Really Want That Cupcake – children (and parents!) indulged their sweet tooth and decorated their very own cupcakes.

Olive, 5, with his Lego creation at the Castle Quay Lego day

Olive, 5, with his Lego creation at the Castle Quay Lego day

Linking in with the book Knighthood for Beginners, families designed their own wands and swords as knights and princesses meeting and greeting the kids on August 7.

On August 15, a LEGO workshop saw hundreds of children and families create their own masterpieces to coincide with the book LEGO NINJAGO Ninja in Action.

Children took part in a number of arts and crafts including decorating keyrings and colouring in monster-themed bat and balls and creating their very own monster headband on August 21.

For the final workshop on August 28, families had a great time turning themselves into their very own cowboys and Indians as part of book The Wildest Cowboy.

Banbury's Castle Quay Knights and Princess event NNL-180813-151940001

Banbury's Castle Quay Knights and Princess event NNL-180813-151940001

Castle Quay said the feedback from parents has been fantastic, with comments such as ‘they do a lot of events for kids of all ages, which is brilliant for parents who can’t afford to take the kids away during the holidays’.

Mr Jackson added: “Throughout the six-week holiday we’ve had great fun, with free face painting taking place weekly alongside guest appearances from Sunny The Duck.

“We want to thank Oxfordshire Libraries for again teaming up with Castle Quay for The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge 2018.”

Banbury's Castle Quay Knights and Princess event NNL-180813-151752001

Banbury's Castle Quay Knights and Princess event NNL-180813-151752001