Children’s festival of fun

Childrens festival and activities in the Abbey Gardens.
Childrens festival and activities in the Abbey Gardens.

MAGICIANS, street dancing and acrobats were among the highlights at the Bury St Edmunds Children’s Festival.

Families flocked to the action packed event in the Abbey Gardens on Tuesday to enjoy a kaleidoscope of free fun.

Childrens festival and activities in the Abbey Gardens. A juggler entertains.

Childrens festival and activities in the Abbey Gardens. A juggler entertains.

They could enjoy tunes from musicians as well as workshops in African drumming and cheer leading.

More hands on entertainment could be had with arts and craft activities, model making, graffiti and face painting.

There was also a bouncy castle, giant slide, sports with Abbeycroft Leisure and circus skills.

The festival is now in its third year.

Childrens festival and activities in the Abbey Gardens. James Cracknell, 12 months, plays in the new sand area in the redeveloped play area.

Childrens festival and activities in the Abbey Gardens. James Cracknell, 12 months, plays in the new sand area in the redeveloped play area.

Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, St Edmundsbury Council’s cabinet member for culture and sport, said: “It has built a great reputation for inspirational entertainment and the programme this year was the strongest yet. The Abbey Gardens is a magical place for children, especially with its fantastic new adventure play area.”

Other fun days are on August 23 on Moreton Hall Playing Field and Hardwick Heath on August 30, which are both from 11am to 3pm and feature sports, giant games and spider climbing wall.

Childrens festival and activities in the Abbey Gardens. Grace Coppins, 6, has her face painted.

Childrens festival and activities in the Abbey Gardens. Grace Coppins, 6, has her face painted.

Childrens festival and activities in the Abbey Gardens.

Childrens festival and activities in the Abbey Gardens.