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Newbury Town Council held a Family Day in Victoria Park on Sunday 19 May and there was a huge turn out of people who came along to enjoy the free activities in the sunshine with the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Andy Moore kicking off the fun at noon.

There was entertainment on the Bandstand with the Ragtime Theatre School, local musician Bruce Hogg and Watership Brass finished off the day with a spectacular ensemble of popular tunes!  Punch and Judy shows were a real hit with the little ones with everyone joining in the fun.

Cllr Andy Moore said, “We are so pleased to have been able to, once again, put on this free event for families in Newbury. It was such a lovely day and great to see so many people come along and enjoy the facilities and activities we have in the Park.”

A free Climbing wall (even the Mayor had a go!) and Caving Adventure proved a great draw, and children were happy to join the queue to have a go. The 1st Newbury Scout Group were raising funds, providing tasty barbeque treats for everyone to enjoy and Kennet Radio came along to keep families entertained throughout the afternoon.  

The pedaloes, which were free of charge all day, were a real hit with families enjoying the calm of the Victoria Park pond.                           

The local Fire Service came along with their Fire Engine and were happy for children to explore the vehicle and chat about the work they do.  Our Tennis Courts had free sessions so everyone could have a go on the day and the Canal & River Trust were giving out information and free duck food to families.

The Berkshire Lowland Fire & Rescue Team came along to chat to families about what they do as the primary search resource for Thames Valley Police in Berkshire. The volunteers use specialist skills to search for high-risk vulnerable missing persons. The local branch of ‘Rugby Tots’ had free 20 minute try out sessions for 2 – 7-year-old boys and girls and the Bowls Club were open too.

With the warm weather on Sunday, the children had a great time in the Council’s Splash Park and the Skatepark too.  Newbury Adventure Golf was also in full swing, with people of all ages enjoying the fun. 


Cllr Andy Moore, Mayor of Newbury mayor@newbury.gov.uk 07769 642422

Toby Miles-Mallowan, CEO Newbury Town Council toby.miles-mallowan@newbury.gov.uk  01635 35486

Watership Brass On The Bandstand

Watership Brass playing on the Bandstand