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Children’s Eggstravaganza this Easter

eggsThe annual Easter Eggstravaganza is back on Bouskell Park, Blaby, and it promises to be cracking!

A range of fun activities for all the family to take part in will be available on the park on Wednesday 6 April from 10.30am – 2pm.

Activities include Xplorer Easter Egg Hunt – use a map to find eggs and gain clues to collect a mystery prize, along with arts and crafts.

There will also be a bouncy castle and sports activities for everyone to be involved with.

Face painting is also on offer for a small additional charge.

It’s just £2 per person to take part in the Eggstravaganza, with under 2s free.

For more information on the event and other activities taking place in the district visit www.sportblaby.org.uk or e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Bouskell Park

Bouskell Park SignResidents can give Easter a cracking start by joining in with Blaby District Council’s Easter Eggstravaganza event at Bouskell Park, Blaby.

The event will be taking place on Wednesday 1 April, from 10.30am – 2pm and there will be a range of fun activities for all the family to take part in.

Activities include an Xplorer Easter themed family challenge – use a map to find Easter themed markers around the park and gain clues to collect a mystery prize.

There will also be multi-sports activities, circus skills, an ice cream van, Easter themed arts and crafts for all the family, and face painting.

For more information on the Easter Eggstravaganza and other events taking place in the district visit www.sportblaby.org.uk

Alternatively email leisure@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7703.

Blaby’s Bouskell Park given new lease of life

Victorian Ice House, Bouskell Park
Victorian Ice House, Bouskell Park

Volunteer rangers have been busy at Blaby’s Bouskell Park helping to improve the green space and give it a new lease of life.

Since September 2013 the group of dedicated conservation volunteers, who range from 17 to 70 years old, have been hedge laying and clearing the pond area with the aim of generating new growth and creating a better wildlife habitat.

James Poynton, Green Space Engagement Officer at Blaby District Council, said:

“Most of the volunteers have not had any experience in laying hedges, but this didn’t deter them and they were willing to learn new skills.

“The work has opened up a forgotten and well hidden corner of the park, and we have had comments from residents who have said they had never seen the pond before we cleared the area.”

The volunteers also do regular litter picking in the park and check for fallen branches on the pathways to ensure it is a safe and pleasurable place for the public to visit.

They have been trained to use strimmers to keep the grass around signposts, bins, benches and paths at bay, and the Council has also trained some of the rangers to use a wood chipper so brash from the hedge laying can be recycled and used as wood chippings on the paths.

Interested in becoming a volunteer ranger?
For more information email james.poynton@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7704.

Arts in the Parks needs you!

active arts bouskell parkVoluntary group ‘Active Arts’ has teamed up with Blaby District Council to host a major family event at Blaby’s Bouskell Park.

Arts in the Parks is taking place on Saturday June 22 and organisers are looking for volunteers to get involved and make sure the day is a success.

Volunteers are needed to help from 9am with the setting up of marquees and gazebos, moving tables and chairs and also to help unload cars and set up stalls. Then at 4pm to help to take down everything and completely empty the park ready for the public to use it again the following morning.

Activities taking place include kite making, drumming workshops, clay modelling, face painting, willow workshops, maypole dancing, the utterly butterly ukulele project, bouncy castle, and tombola.

There will also be food stalls, refreshments, and a number of local groups including Blaby Heritage, Blaby Drama Group, A Place to Grow and the Leicester Forest Photographic Society.

Ian Paterson, Chairman of Active Arts, said:

“Arts in the Park came about after Blaby District Council asked us to work with them to develop an arts programme for the district. Since first coming up with the idea the event has grown considerably and even now we’re still getting new activities and organisations agreeing to take part.”

The day starts at 10am with activities taking place at the Blaby Precinct and Farmers Market.

There will be stories and a free craft event in the Library from 10.30am, and Blaby Society of Artists will be holding an Art Exhibition and selling refreshments in the Drop-in Centre from 10am. Bouskell Park will then play host to a number of stalls and workshops from 12pm – 4pm.

To find out more about volunteering on the day contact or Sharon Bown, Arts Development Officer for Active Arts on 07594 704 761 or sbown@countesthorpe.leics.sch.uk or Ian Paterson at active.arts2010@gmail.com

For more information about Arts in the Park and Active Arts visit www.activearts.org.uk

Orienteering …but not as you know it!

Xplorer Isabella  ..."I get lots of exercise"
Xplorer Isabella …”I get lots of exercise”

Young Blaby district residents have been exploring their local parks, looking for clues and completing challenges.

It’s all part of Xplorer, a free outdoor navigational challenge for the whole family to enjoy, involving a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making.

Using a simple map of the park the aim is to find the points marked on the map and write down the name of the secret animal or colour.

Isabella MacSwiney, aged 5, took part in Xplorer last Saturday at Fosse Meadows and said of Xplorer:

“I like it because I can find the animal cards by myself and I get lots of exercise.”

Hannah Bestwick, Community Physical Activity Development Officer at Blaby District Council, said:

“[It’s] a great way to get families more active whilst making the most of the district’s attractive green spaces.”

Xplorer is taking place every weekend over the summer at parks including Fosse Meadows, Bouskell Park, Mossdale Meadows and Glen Parva Nature Reserve.

The next one is Saturday May 25 at Bouskell Park, 10.30 – 11.30am.

For more information including a list of all the challenges taking place visit www.sportblaby.org.uk/activities-in-blaby.html