Added on: 4th June, 2018 by O1
Children were invited to 'explore their imagination' on Saturday for the inaugural Enchanted Children’s Festival set in the beautiful Priory Gardens, Orpington, with footfall on the day 14% up vs the previous year.
Families from Orpington and across South East London and Kent enjoyed a day packed full of free arts and activities, hosted across two stages, a Crafts Area and Sports Area, and an arts exhibition in The Great Hall, The Priory, which included work from the likes of Sir Peter Blake.
An incredible range of interactive workshops were available, all designed to spark children’s creativity, whilst a tug of war tournament and a penalty shoot-out entertained budding athletes.
Other highlights included an appearance from Michael De Souza, the man behind Rastamouse, performances from Croydon Steel Orchestra and Guildford Bucket Drummers wowed the crowds, and the Recycled Music Wall proved a big hit with children and adults alike.
The Yoko Ono inspired Wish Tree, was another popular feature, with festival goers invited to write down their hopes and dreams and tie them to the branches of an Olive Tree.
Festival Organiser, Embla Gisladottir of Bla Bla Productions, said, “We are delighted with the outcome and the turnout for the first year of Enchanted Children’s Festival. The feel throughout the whole day was incredibly uplifting and we’ve achieved all the goals we set out to, and more."
Attendees, which numbered in the thousands, took to social media to give their approval, with many commenting on a wonderful community atmosphere. Collaboration was certainly a key element, with a main stage decorated with artwork created by children from 10 different local primary schools.
Embla added, “We’re proud to have put together an event that encourages the creative arts amongst children in our area. The participation and support from the local community was incredible and we are already working on plans for next year!”
Orpington 1st Executive Director, Sharon Baldwin, said, “Orpington 1st are delighted to have supported another new exciting event in our town centre. We’d like to congratulate Embla and her team on a fantastic inaugural Enchanted Festival and we look forward to many more.”
Enchanted was supported by Arts Council England and Orpington 1st, Bromley Community Fund, MyTime Active and Wilkins Kennedy.
With associate sponsorship from Pat's Textiles, CD Waste, Nettl, V22, Rapidity, Hobbycraft, ODEON and Coolings Garden Centre