Circus theme helps kids have cracking time at egg hunt

Jamie Crowe, seven, his sister Katie (five), and mum Elaine Crowe of Portchester Brownies. ' Picture: Ian Hargreaves.     (111363-4)
Jamie Crowe, seven, his sister Katie (five), and mum Elaine Crowe of Portchester Brownies. ' Picture: Ian Hargreaves. (111363-4)

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CLOWNS, strongmen and all the fun of the circus kept hundreds of youngsters entertained on an Easter egg hunt.

The circus-themed hunt at Holly Hill woodland park in Sarisbury Green proved a popular draw with all 400 places selling out in advance.

HAPPY Jill Simmons (left), and Nikki Lee of Fareham Tourist Board.     (111363-1)

HAPPY Jill Simmons (left), and Nikki Lee of Fareham Tourist Board. (111363-1)

Children and their families took a shot at the coconut shy, jested with the joker and got clumsy with the clowns on the mile-long route to find a tasty chocolate treat.

Harry Rumbold, eight, and sister Lauren, five, were the first to finish.

Mum Claire Rumbold, from Hedge End, said: ‘It’s just such a lovely area and there aren’t many hunts that are this well organised. And the kids really enjoy it.’

The day is organised by Fareham Borough Council, but relies on dozens of volunteers from the Friends of Holly Hill, Fareham’s In Bloom team, and other local groups.

Elaine Crowe, of Dryden Avenue in Portsmouth, was dressed for the part with kids Jamie, seven and Katie, five. With all three as clowns, Mrs Crowe, 37, was helping as a member of the First Portchester Brownies.

She said: ‘It’s such good value for money and the kids are out in the fresh air having a great time. Before we first came here I didn’t even know it existed, but now we come here quite often.’

Parks officer and ringmaster for the day, Matt Wakefield, added: ‘We had 32 people helping out today. We couldn’t do it without the volunteers.’