Festival fever at Mansfield Park.
Festival fever at Mansfield Park.
Despite a gloomy start to the day, the second Mansfield Summer Festival was well attended by families making the most of Mansfield District Council’s free event.
The rain poured in the 24 hours before the event at King George V Park on Wednesday 9 August but it didn’t dampen the spirits as families enjoyed a whole host of entertainment including Punch and Judy shows, face painting, pony rides and much more.
The day was dubbed the local launch of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 and was celebrated with a cycling themed walkabout act, pedal go-karting sessions, static bike display and a have-a-go bike sprint activity by British Bike Hire. Professional cyclists and Tour of Britain racers, Graham Briggs and Tom Stewart, were also there to sign autographs and pose for selfies.
Representatives from the Nottinghamshire stage of the Tour of Britain partnership were also in attendance including Kate Allsop, Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Chairman Cllr John Handley and his Lady, Mrs Margaret Handley from Nottinghamshire County Council, along with other representatives from Mansfield district and county councils.
The Summer Festival at King George V Park was the second of three. The final one takes place on Tuesday 22 August at Carr Lane Park, Warsop from 10am to 3pm, where families will be able to enjoy a fun filled day of entertainment for all members of the family.
The council is making this the summer of cycling, and is encouraging people to bring their bike along for a service, which includes safety checks, puncture and brake repairs and gear setting. There is also BMX cycling sessions on the park’s BMX track. Medals and rosettes are up for grabs too.
Owners can also bring their dog along and pick up some tips from the council's Dog Control team while watching a dog handler from Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and experienced guide dog tackle obstacles in the arena.
People can have a go in the giant garden games zone, make a Tour of Britain shaker, and take part in fun circus skills workshops - just a few of the exciting activities coming up in the arena and marquee. There will also be children's play activities and information stands to educate the community about topical issues.
FREE goodie bags including skipping ropes, beach balls and sports bottles will be handed out while stocks last.
Representatives from various council departments including Environmental Health, Leisure and Community Safety will also be available to answer questions and give advice. Most activities are FREE but some will require a small donation so be sure to bring some cash. There will also be food and drink including The Sherwood Fired pizza oven, Regal Refreshments burgers and ice creams.
Parking is limited, so visitors to the festival are encouraged to walk or use public transport if possible.
Kate Allsop, Executive Mayor of Mansfield, said: "The Summer Festival was a fantastic day out for families, despite the weather not being at its best. The Tour of Britain local launch party was a great addition to the festival and I’m proud to welcome the prestigious race to our town. I’d like to encourage lots of families to get involved in the welcome party on 5 September and to line the streets to cheer the riders on on 6 September.”
Councillor John Handley, Nottinghamshire Council County’s Chairman, said: “With the Tour of Britain race now just a few weeks away, having an event such as this is a wonderful way to build up the excitement to the big day itself.”
“Mansfield is lucky enough to be the venue for the start of the Nottinghamshire stage so I have no doubt locals will turn out in force to create a fantastic atmosphere to officially welcome the riders to our county – and to cheer them on as they start the epic 165km-long route.”
More information about what’s coming up and how you can get involved in all things Tour of Britain can be found at www.mansfield.gov.uk/ToB2017.
The last Summer Festival is at Carr Lane Park, Warsop on Tuesday 22 August from 10am to 3pm. Full details are available online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/summerfestival.
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