The Annual Children’s Fete is on course to fill the GWR Park in Faringdon Road.
The Mechanics’ Institution Trust will once again host one of Swindon’s most historic events on Saturday 19 July, in an afternoon of family fun.
The Children’s Fete last ran in 2012, when a larger Olympic-themed event saw 7000 people through the Park gates for an extended day of evening music, rounded off with a fireworks display.
This year’s event will be less ambitious financially, but will still offer fairground rides, local bands, dance, music, food, sport, crafts, and festivities running from 12pm to 6pm — all in the interest of a lovely afternoon for children (of all ages), and their friends and families!
In keeping with tradition, each child will receive a free piece of cake at 4pm and can queue to have their face painted.
Hannah Parry, who oversaw 2012’s fete explained: “When the fête started back in 1855, malnutrition was a real concern. The day was partly for those who couldn’t afford to go on the annual GWR ‘Trip’.
"Whilst thankfully things are better today, food-banks still exist, some children still go without; so we strongly underline the importance of everyone being able to attend and have a good time regardless of their economic background’; so we aim to keep costs down with free entry and free cake as a treat. People can picnic on the grass surrounded by trees and Swindon landmarks on the skyline.”
Sean Haines, Community Development Coordinator for the Trust who is helping organise this year’s event said: “The infrastructure is just about all there: the stage, the toilets, the crew and the fairground rides. All we need now is to fill it up with a few more performers, some more stallholders, a good crowd on the day, and of course for the Great British Weather to shine on.”
With first Armed Forces Day falling by the wayside, and the Mela, the Mechanics’ Institution Trust have felt some pressure to deliver a good family event for the town this year.
Enjoying the 2012 Children’s Fete. Photo by Richard Wintle calyxpix.com
Chair Daniel Rose says: “Swindon’s summer schedule is looking emptier than usual. In recent weeks we were deciding whether to make a push this year or not, given our workload and funding scarcity. All this sad news however has spurred us on to work harder and deliver something for all the town’s families. If we can offer a spot to those left disappointed through cancellations, all the better.
“We could really do with some sponsorship, and we’re always looking for partners. If there are any companies out there, who have the means to help in any way, perhaps with staff volunteers on the day, we’d greatly appreciate the offer.”
If you know of a child- or youth-orientated music/dance/cultural group, and you are interested in performing; a business who is interested in donating or offering sponsorship; or someone interested in volunteering on the day, then please contact Sean Haines at email@example.com