Canal Festival

Saturday 25th July 2015 saw Leighton Buzzard’s annual Canal Festival return in full force, for the 13th year. We were very lucky with the weather; the Friday and Sunday were both tipping it down with rain but the sun came out on Saturday, and the wind was tame enough to not blow our marquee away! The Canal Festival presented a range of stalls, including craft, food, other local charities and organisations and activities including pottery making, pony rides, a birds of prey exhibition, and even a Morris Dancing display.

The KidsOut stall was in a prime location at the entrance to the festival. We offered two great fairground favourite games, namely hook-a-duck and ball-in-a-bucket for just £2 each, with a prize for every ducked ‘hooked’ and if a ball was successfully thrown into the bucket. The winners got to choose between various soft toys as prizes that had been donated previously to KidsOut. We also had a raffle and were selling tickets all day, with the top prize a hamper kindly donated by Tesco (including wine, chocolate, teabags and more), and Morrisons’ vouchers.

      

The final attraction our stall offered was face painting, which proved hugely popular. KidsOut had three members of staff face painting and they were kept very busy all day with the constant stream of visitors to the stall. There were many happy butterflies, Hello Kitties, dogs, Spidermen and Bat-boys and Bat-girls walking round the festival for the rest of the day!

Overall, we raised a fantastic £800 at the event! This would not have been made possible without all the help given by the organisers and volunteers, so thank you very much to everyone involved.

KidsOut are also holding a Golf Classic event on the 16th September. It will be at the Three Locks Golf Club near Milton Keynes. For just £200 for a team of four, the day will include 18 holes of golf, breakfast and dinner, charity raffle and business networking opportunities. For more information or to register your team, please email events@kidsout.org.uk


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