Watery spectacular returns to Havant

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MORE than 10,000 people are once again expected to descend on Havant for a celebration of everything aquatic.

The Hampshire Water Festival is returning for the third year running to Staunton Country Park on July 16 and 17.

Last year more than 12,000 people enjoyed the activities, such as zorbing, where people walk on water in a huge inflatable ball.

The aim of the event, run by Havant Borough Council and supported by Portsmouth Water, is to increase public awareness about the importance of water conservation.

Organiser Lulu Bowerman said: ‘I am so pleased that the Water Festival is once again at Staunton Country Park as it is such a great place to stage this event with the extensive parkland and lake.

‘It means we can offer lots of diverse exhibitors, activities and workshops for all ages and interests that examine the way in which water resources are managed in our local area and across the world.’

More than 50 exhibitors and local food producers are set to create a festival atmosphere. The event opens at 10am on both days.