Little landlubbers have fun at country park

HELPING OUT: Organiser Dinah Ellis gets in the swing of it with her fellow helpers

SHIVER ME TIMBERS: Robert Santonna, aged seven, from Preston got into the spirit

First published in News

YOUNGSTERS had an afternoon of fun at the third annual Lodmoor Ahoy!

The Friends of Lodmoor Country Park hosted the extravaganza for families on Sunday.

Scores of children flocked to the popular Weymouth destination to enjoy a host of events and activities.

Friends of Lodmoor Country committee member Dinah Ellis said: “This free family fun afternoon offered children accompanied by adults a choice of simple activities designed to get them out around the park and enjoying themselves in the open air.

“The activities are designed to encourage children to use their senses to help them explore and discover the natural features of Lodmoor Country Park whilst meeting the people who work there.”

She added: “This year was a huge success despite the miserable weather.

“It was great to see youngsters having fun doing simple activities in such a great outdoor space.”

The bright pink ‘Olympic Ambassador’ gazebo and another kindly loaned by Matt Lester of Pier Plaster & Build was set up beside the wooden galleon.

Members of the Friends were on hand to guide everyone through the activities.

The Easter Bunny even left some chocolate treats to reward children playing a Hunt the Bunny game.

This year witnessed a butterfly printmaking contest with the best ones posted on Facebook as well as prizes in the free raffle.

The Friends of Lodmoor Country Park was formed in 2008 to help boost the area and draw more families to use it.

The volunteers have held many events and have worked with the council to improve the park and bolster facilities.

This year the RSPB set up their stall with wildlife activities and information for all, a follow-up from their successful visit to last year’s ‘Celebrate Your Space!’ event.

To find the group on Facebook search ‘The Friends of Lodmoor Country Park’.

For more information call 01305 772075.

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