A summer festival jam-packed with exciting activities has been a big hit with Banbury residents, when it came to Princess Diana Park last week.
Hosted by the Sunshine Centre and Cherwell District Council and with funding from Sanctuary Housing and Banbury Charities, the free Summer Fest was held in aid of the community’s Build Our Café campaign.
The Summer Fest included welly-wanging, pedal go-karts, penalty shoot-out, bouncy slide, the famous Oxfordshire game of Aunt Sally and more. Puritans radio, as well as Banbury Sound and their mascot Buzzy the Bee, were also on hand to entertain the crowds.
An array of food was on the menu for visitors with foraging, honey tasting and healthy cookery demonstrations from special guests, including the winner of The Visit Banbury “Create a Banbury Dish”, Phil Seal.
Visitors got stuck into fun competitions with local councillor John Donaldson winning the adults’ welly-wanging and staff from the Sunshine Centre victorious in a challenging tug of war contest.
Tracy Rogers, from The Sunshine Centre, said; “It was a really successful partnership effort, both in the planning and on the day. We have had very positive feedback from the community about the event.
The Build Our Café campaign was set up in response to the Bretch Hill community, requesting a café offering affordable, healthy home cooked food, as well as training opportunity for local residents. Planning permission has been obtained and now funding is required to finance the build of the café.
This event was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.