A carnival theme has taken over Peoples Park in Banbury today (27/7) as thousands of people turned out for the 7th annual Banbury Play Pay!
As the world looks forward to the Rio Olympics, Banbury’s children are currently into the Brazilian spirit to discover carnival-themed arts, circus skills, sports and multicultural projects.
For parents, this is was a great way to get together with other families and keep children entertained for a day during the school holidays.
Cllr George Reynolds, deputy leader for Cherwell, said: “For this year’s Play Day we will be looking forward to the Rio Olympics by bringing the fun of the carnival to Banbury.
“Play Day offers an action-packed day of family fun. There are vigorous activities, such as those being run by Cherwell’s recreation and sport activators, alongside gentle and creative sessions provided by our local children’s centres and other partners.
“Banbury Play Day is a free way to entertain all the family, and I am encouraging families to bring a picnic if they want to make a day of it. The Rio Olympics are sure to have us all captivated in August, and Banbury Play Day is a wonderful way of helping us all get in the mood.”
In addition to sport and games, children had the chance to dance with Banbury’s online community radio station, Puritans Radio, or have fun with the Play Rangers from the award-winning Banbury Play Bus team.
For those looking for more artistic fun there is an outdoor arts area while the Sunrise Multicultural Project and local children’s centres are hosting additional activities. Furthermore, the Let’s Play charity provided inclusive activities for everyone.
The event was provided by the Cherwell Play Partnership group which comprises Cherwell District Council, Banbury Town Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Let’s Play, Sunrise Multicultural Play Project, Banbury Community Bus, Oxfordshire Play Association and The Sunshine Centre.