Fun for all at The Hampshire Water Festival

Staunton Park is hosting The Hampshire Water Festival

Staunton Park is hosting The Hampshire Water Festival

gosport 50-mile charity walk

50-mile charity walk launched in Gosport mums memory

Pictured: Helen Bulbeck from Brainstrust is pictured at Trinity Landing, Isle of Wight, with Jon Jones and his children, 14-year-old Adrienne and 12-year-old Isaac.

The family of a Gosport woman who died of a brain tumour in 2016 have helped the Isle of Wight-based charity she supported to launch a two-day, 50-mile fundraising walk around the island.

 

Jon Jones, his 14-year-old daughter Adrienne and 12-year-old son Isaac, from Lee-on-Solent, Gosport, joined Helen Bulbeck, co-founder and director of services at brainstrust, to launch the charitys third Follow the Seagulls two-day walk, which starts on 1 April and will cover a 50-mile route around the Isle of Wight.

 

Mum Jo Jones, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010, took part in the 2016 Follow the Seagulls walk. She died last summer.

 

Adrienne Jones said: "Mum really enjoyed the walk. It was a challenge for all of us, but it felt good afterwards. I w

Family launch walk in memory of mum

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Where can you learn all about the vital part water plays on our planet, while having a fun day out?

Visitors to previous years’ events will probably say The Hampshire Water Festival at Staunton Country Park in Havant.

But they would be wrong. This year it’s called the Staunton Festival.

And it’s not just about water.

The attraction at Middle Park Way will have a huge range of free activities and entertainment all weekend as The Hampshire Water Festival and Staunton Live combine for the new Staunton Festival.

From 10am to 5pm tomorrow and Sunday, the focus will be on fun and informative ways of conserving vital resources such as water and power, with the added bonus of a host of live entertainment too.

There will also be more then 50 exhibitors along with food and drink vendors.

Tomorrow, the entertainment includes a performance of Bottled by SOOP Theatre, FOCS rock and pop covers band, Hot Betty indie and pop-rock covers band and school choirs.

The dragon totem picnic area by the main entrance gate will be officially opened.

There’s also a children’s circus workshop, where youngsters can learn to juggle, plate spin, hula hoop, stilt walk, unicycle and tightrope walk.

Plus, there’s pond dipping, angling taster sessions with free instruction, and a workshop on making musical instruments from rubbish.

On top of all that, there is face painting, laser tag, zorbing, play equipment, traditional children’s rides, donkey rides, crafts and – for £4 – waterwalking.

Visitors can head across to Havant Academy in Wakefords Way for an affiliated event called Get Active, from 11am to 3pm. This includes taster sessions in various sports.

And, at Park Community School, SOOP perform Bob and Doris Are Not Afraid at 2.30pm.

On Sunday, entertainment at the park comes from choirs, Eloise Keating, Rule The World Take That tribute band, Heronshaw and This Way Up. Plus most of the on site activities continue.

Organiser Lulu Bowerman says: ‘There’s an environmental messge, but it’s also a fun family day out, showcasing Staunton Country Park and lots of other things the area has to offer.’

After last year’s event suffered from torrential rain, this year it’s taking place during a heatwave.

‘I’m really conscious people are going to come and sit in the sun all day, so bring your water, your sunhat apply plenty of sunscreen,’ adds Lulu.

Festival admission is free and families can also enjoy half-price admission to the Staunton Farm and Gardens throughout the weekend.Parking costs £2 and Stagecoach buses 21 and 27 stop directly outside the park.

To find out more, see stauntonfestival.co.uk.

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