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Childrens' fun festival ... biggest yet

PUBLISHED: 14:42 18 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

IT'S going to be fun, fun, fun all the way next week as Felixstowe stages one of the biggest events for children in the region.

If you have youngsters between the ages of five and 16, beside the seaside is where they will want to be with so much for them to do – and all of it for free!

The event is the resort's second Children's Festival, organised by Suffolk Coastal council and sponsored by The Evening Star, amusements owner Stan Threadwell, and councillor Cherrie MacGregor.

IT'S going to be fun, fun, fun all the way next week as Felixstowe stages one of the biggest events for children in the region.

If you have youngsters between the ages of five and 16, beside the seaside is where they will want to be with so much for them to do – and all of it for free!

The event is the resort's second Children's Festival, organised by Suffolk Coastal council and sponsored by The Evening Star, amusements owner Stan Threadwell, and councillor Cherrie MacGregor.

And while the kids are at play, mums and dads can have some time to themselves to enjoy and explore the resort, knowing the youngsters are safe and enjoying themselves at the activities around the resort.

Activities during the week will include dance workshops, mask making, storytelling, drama workshops, tennis, trampolining, nature trail, circus skills, a sports day, balloon modelling, puppet-making, and historical re-enactments.

There will be an inflatable assault course every day in Langer Park, and a Treasure Trail each day, too.

There will also be the chance to help Felixstowe artist Rosemary Humphries make a mosaic of the five-mile seafront. The finished article – tiles supplied by Creative Tiling Solutions in Garrison Lane – will be presented to the town.

Resort services co-ordinator Michelle Barr said there would be sessions of the different events going on all day, and children could take part in as many and for as long as they liked.

"The idea is that people come along to the Tourist Information Centre and we will direct them to the activities," said Michelle.

"Most of them will be very close by and easy to get to. We expect to be able to cope with the numbers of children we are anticipating, but if some of the sessions do get full, we will tell people to return a bit later – or try one of the other activities in the meantime – and take their names to give them priority.

"We expect children will come and go and not stop all day at one activity so there will be plenty of space for all who want to have a go."

The event was staged for the first time last year and was such a success that it was decided to hold it again. Thanks to the support from local businesses, it may now become an annual event.

The activities, which will run from Monday August 20 to Sunday August 26, are aimed at children aged five to 16.

Under eights must be accompanied by an adult, though the grown ups will have the chance to help their children in some of the activities.

n Volunteers are needed to help man some of the activities, do general admin work and keep an eye on the children, and anyone able to help should contact Michelle at the TIC on 01394 276770.

n WEBLINKS: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

www.eveningstar.co.uk

PROGRAMME

Monday August 20

10am-5pm Inflatable assault course in Langer Park

11am-4pm Basketball

11am-4pm Tennis

12-4pm Trampolining

11am-3pm Mosaic Making

Treasure Hunt

Tuesday August 21

10am-5pm Inflatable assault course in Langer Park

12-5pm Mask Making (12-1pm, 1.15pm-2.15pm, 2.45pm-3.45pm, 4pm-5pm)

10am-2pm Dance workshop (10am-11am parent + toddler, 11.15am-12.15pm creative dance for 5-9 years, 12.30pm-2pm alternative dance for 10-15 years)

11am-3pm Mosaic Making

Treasure Hunt

Wednesday August 22

12-4pm Children's Storyteller

10am-5pm Inflatable assault course in Langer Park

10am-2pm Beach safety display with HM Coastguard

10am-3pm Drama workshop (10am-12noon for 5-10 years, 1pm-3pm for 11+ years)

11am-3pm Mosaic Making

Treasure Hunt

Thursday August 23

12-5pm Puppet Workshops (12-1pm, 1.15pm-2.15pm, 2.45pm-3.45pm and 4pm-5pm)

10am-5pm Inflatable assault course in Langer Park

1pm-5pm Suffolk Wildlife Trust Nature Trail

11am-3pm Mosaic Making

Treasure Hunt

Friday August 24

10am-5pm Inflatable assault course in Langer Park

10am-5pm Sports Day in Langer Park – football (10am-11am under 8, 11am-12 under 12, 12.30pm-1.30pm under 16), Volleyball.

12-4pm Face painting

1pm-4pm Circus skills opposite Regal Restaurant

11am-3pm Mosaic Making

Treasure Hunt

Saturday August 25

12-4pm Children's Storyteller

11am-5pm Landguard Fort Re-enactment

12-4pm Face painting

11am-3pm Mosaic Making

Treasure Hunt

Sunday August 26

10am-4pm Bouncy castle at Felixstowe Leisure Centre

12-4pm Face painting

10am-4pm Circus skills and balloon modelling

11am-5pm Landguard Fort Re-enactment

10am-4pm Kiddies' races in Langer Park

11am-3pm Mosaic Making

Treasure Hunt

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