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Community Invited to Free Summer Activities at Brooklands

Released: Thursday, 11 July 2019

Brooklands Park will hum with fun and free activities this summer as the much-loved spot is brought back to life.

From bug hotel making to flower printing, wood whittling and fairy fire lighting, the team at Food Pioneers will be welcoming families to take part in a series of different and engaging activities.

Working with Worthing Borough Council, Food Pioneers will be inviting local families to share the unique open spaces at Brooklands Park on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting with a community picnic on 25th July 2019 from 10am til 1pm. There will also be egg and spoon races and cheese rolling.

Councillor Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital & Environmental Services said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to come together, make some memories and make some friends.”

“Food Pioneers are putting on a varied, educational and free programme for families with children to help make the most of one of our great outdoor spaces while taking advantage of the improving weather.”

“As a Council we are committed to promoting projects that help people live healthier, happier lives.”

Food Pioneers are a neighbourhood based, non-profit food enterprise to build community through shared food experiences. As their name suggests, there will be events on at Brooklands based around cooking and eating together, like fireside snack making.

Director of Food Pioneers, Anne Thwaites said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer exciting activities for families and children from the local area in a unique setting.”

“Everyone at Food Pioneers is passionate about making a positive impact in our own community through bringing people together.”

“There will be something for everyone, and each event will be different, so come along and get involved!”

Brooklands Park is a large 45-acre open space around an eight acre lake which has recently been restored by dredging, the building of a 105m boardwalk and the introduction of reed beds.

The Council will be spending an additional £2m over the next three years to develop Brooklands Park into a new Adventure Park with emphasis on learning about science and the natural environment through fun, play and exploration.

As well as key features such as a new cafe and lakeside picnicking area and improved walks and fitness trails, there will be areas for outdoor events and community activities, community gardens and an adventure play area.

An indoor leisure activity centre in the south west corner of the park is also envisaged, to ensure the park remains an attractive destination all year round.

In designing the future park, the Council will be focusing on community health and wellbeing, as well as promoting active learning about natural sciences through hands-on play and exploration.

In addition to the summer programme of free family friendly activities, a not for profit organisation CYCALL will be running free adapted cycling sessions at Brooklands Park on Saturday afternoons, starting on 27th July 2019 from 1pm to 4pm. CYCALL's adapted cycles makes cycling accessible for disabled adults and children or anyone with a health issue.

Photos: Food Pioneers craft activity and making mandala drawings

PR19-109 - Food Pioneers craft activity and making mandala drawings

Details of the events

25th July 2019: 10am - 1pm

1st August 2019: 10am - 1pm

8th August 2019: 10am - 1pm

14th August 2019: 10am - 1pm

21st August 2019: 10am - 1pm

28th August 2019: 10am - 1pm

(PR19-109)

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