Family fun at Queens Park 

01/06/10
Bernie Bennett

Bolton Council has arranged a series of fun family events in Queens Park throughout June, ranging from children’s entertainers to brass bands.

On Sunday June 13 between 12pm and 4pm, there will be a fun-packed adrenaline-filled day for all the family in the park. BMX and extreme sports fans can watch performances by a world class freeland rider, Sam Foakes. Action junkies can climb on a mobile wall; try out the low ropes challenge; practice their skills at the archery corner or test their cycling skills on the mountain bike assault course. 
 
Those who fancy a bit less action can test their ‘bearings’ with the various orienteering courses now available at the park or check their fitness level at the Bollywood Arobathon. There’s also grass sledging, mountain boarding and a whole range of street games to join in.

Park visitors who prefer watching sport to doing it can watch street  soccer;  three-a-side fast paced soccer with music, with demonstrations and workshops for all to join in.

A range of children’s entertainment is on offer including heart-stopping tightrope skills, clowning and balloon making, as well as falconry displays, face and henna painting. Music will be again be provided by Bolton FM, the Bourbon Street Roof Raisers jazz band and the Eagley Brass Band.

Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Bolton Council's Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer at Bolton Council  said: “We have put together a fantastic series of events which we hope will appeal to both young and old and urge everyone to come along and enjoy a fun-packed day out.

“Adults will be able to take part in the archery, climb the mobile wall and enjoy listening to the music, whilst children will be able to watch the entertainment, have their face painted and create their own secret garden in the woods. We hope that both Boltonians and visitors to the town will continue to use and appreciate Bolton’s beautiful parks and open spaces.“

The events taking place in Queens Park are part of a campaign to attract more people to the park, currently undergoing a £4.3m restoration funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Other work on Queens Park as part of the restoration will include a new community pavilion with café and meeting area for local voluntary groups and a new play facility.  A Grade II listed lodge will be refurbished for use by park staff and community organisations, such as the NHS and police. The sunken garden will be restored and a new formal ‘World Garden’ created to provide a venue for public art exhibitions, events and small performances.

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