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Fun and games at Shropshire Kids Festival

By Deborah Hardiman | Shrewsbury | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

Playing in foam and having a go on the water slide have been among the most popular activities at the annual Shropshire Kids Festival.

Crowds gathered in Shrewsbury's Quarry to have fun this weekend.

Despite a damp start, the weather picked up to draw children of all ages to the event.

There were dozens of activities to chose from including Zorb Balls, bouncy castles, inflatable slides, a Space Hopper area, inflatable Helter Skelter and circus skills.

Children played in foam

Organiser Beth Heath, of Shropshire Festivals, said she was delighted with the support for the two-day show.

She said: "It has been really good with a fabulous turnout. We changed the layout to help improve the flow around the activities and we think it's working okay from what the stallholders are feeding back.

"We've also added some new activities including more huge inflatables so the children are really going to sleep well after spending the day here. We've had lots of good feedback.

"The foam party sponsored by Adcote School and the water slide sponsored by Wenlock Water seem to be the most popular activities with the children."

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Ozzy and Alice Butler

In addition there were giant games, mini golf, go karts, bubble football and the sports day style Harry Games, Shropshire Pony Parties and plenty of stalls, including Monks, Stan’s Trek Concept Store, Explorers’ Cookery and Little Rascals Soft Play.

Families flocking to the show were all smiles as the sun came out with many enjoying ice-cream as well as the games.

There were many activities on offer including giant balls

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The festival was a happy birthday treat for nine-year-old Ola Wilfred, of Bowbrook, Shrewsbury, who was there with his sister Temi, three, and their parents.

Ola said: "It's really fun. I'm having a fantastic time. It's my birthday today and I've enjoyed jumping on the bouncy castle and zorbing. I'd love to try the wipe out game, but I don't think I will be able to."

His father Femi, 35, an engineer, said: "We've been before, but it seems busier than last year. I think the festival is a good idea and it's something for families to do."

Peter Robinson, 61, a courier, from Shrewsbury, said: "I've brought my two grandchildren Lyra, seven, and Harrison, six. They are enjoying it so far.

"Zorbing is the thing they really want to have a go at doing."

From left, Rosie Cuss aged four, and Evie Smith, five, having fun at the annual Kids Fest

Margaret Jones, 78, a retired nurse from, Porthill, Shrewsbury said: "We are having a lovely time. I think this year it's much better as some of the things are free.

"For adults its £17 to come in so free activities are a big help.

"We've had food and everything, has been quite nice. I'm here with my granddaughter, who's currently in the circus area and my other half who's had a beer.

"We've enjoyed ourselves and if you look around at all the children who are here, all having a good time."

From left, Elizabeth Daniels-Sanders, Maisie Hathaway, Ava Chaytor, Tom Wilkes and Emily Reese

Andrea Richards, 35, Telford and her partner factory worker Tim Hanlon, both 35, went with daughters Chloe 10, and Emily, nine.

Ms Richards said: "It is my first time at the kids festival and it was my sister Emma's idea. She saw it on Facebook and suggested that we come.

"We just wanted to get the kids out of the house while we've got some sunshine. The cost isn't too expensive which is good."

Isaac Reynolds, five, from Wolverhampton, pictured with Woody

While art student Caitlin Barlas, 29, of Shelton, Shrewsbury, was part of a group of seven children and adults in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM) tent.

"I actually think it's much better this year. The queues didn't seem as long and the lay out seems better.

"The children are loving playing with the cardboard boxes. I think letting them explore is really important to their learning."

Crowds gathered in Shrewsbury's Quarry

Money raised from the event will be in aid of the Harry Johnson Trust – the festival’s chosen charity.

The trust also ran a stall at the event to help raise awareness of its work.

It was set up in memory of cancer patient Harry Johnson, aged seven, of Vennington, near Shrewsbury, who died in 2014.

Telford's Kids Festival will be held next year at the International Centre.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman
@Deborahh_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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