Swindon’s Mechanics’ Trust is aiming to make this year’s Children’s Fete on 21 July in the GWR Park, Faringdon Road, the biggest and best ever.
The fete dates back to 1866 and was a key event in the town’s diary until World War 11.
Revived by the trust in 2002, with a break last year, the London Olympics will be the theme for this year’s volunteer run event. The afternoon will be filled with activities for children, including an arts and crafts tent, storytelling, an under 5’s play area, a funfair, circus skills and DJ and break-dancing workshops, along with stalls by children’s charities, communty organisations and artists, and games organised by Swindon Town’s Football in the Community team.
There will also be an older children’s marquee, for those who are less active but are young at heart.
The tradition of the past was that all children attending received a slice of cake; this year they’ll be able to choose from a range of cupcakes.
Stage performances from the Wyvern Theatre, REACH, majorettes, Bollywood Dreamers and other local dance groups and performers will wow the crowds, whilst local bands will play for all ages during the evening. An aerial performance and fireworks will finish off the day just before 10pm.
Organiser Hannah Parry said: "2012 is a year of celebration across Britain and the Children’s Fete is a great opportunity to be involved in a modern community gathering with deep roots in Swindon’s history".
To be a volunteer helper or to organise games on 21 July, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org