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All smiles as hundreds enjoy Banbury SummerFest

24 August 2018
Residents enjoying SummerFest

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

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.

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

Jill Edge, Sunshine Centre manager, 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.” 

Child enjoying SummerFest on his bike

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.”

This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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