Fun for all the family as country park festival is another super success

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THE beautiful backdrop of Staunton Country Park provided the perfect setting for an English summer weekend of good food, music and family entertainment.

Hundreds of people basked in the sun and enjoyed the free entertainment at Staunton Festival.

Face-painted cousins - (left to right) Madison Jeans (7) and Oakley Ferre (5) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142046-0976)

Face-painted cousins - (left to right) Madison Jeans (7) and Oakley Ferre (5) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142046-0976)

People were dancing on the big lawn and thinking back to the summer of love as The Tar Babies – one of the UK’s top 60s bands – took to the stage.

Irene Boxall, 67, from Hilsea, was loving the festival.

‘I have enjoyed it and the weather has been good,’ she said.

‘I have never been before, but I enjoy the atmosphere and the setting.’

STAUNTON FESTIVAL      (JT)                 MRW   13/7/2014 ''The newly named Staunton Festival held at the country park at Leigh Park at the weekend was an outstanding success ''Little girl in a little car ! - Lexie Miller (5) from Leigh Park ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142046-0890) PPP-140713-124051003

STAUNTON FESTIVAL (JT) MRW 13/7/2014 ''The newly named Staunton Festival held at the country park at Leigh Park at the weekend was an outstanding success ''Little girl in a little car ! - Lexie Miller (5) from Leigh Park ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142046-0890) PPP-140713-124051003

Megan Gibb, 16, from Leigh Park, said: ‘It’s been really good – I come every year. I enjoy the music.’

Lulu Bowerman, the organiser, said: ‘There were a steady flow of people.

‘The car park was full and the sun was shining.

‘There’s been lots of activities for the children and a really nice, chilled atmosphere.’

STAUNTON FESTIVAL      (JT)                 MRW   13/7/2014 ''The newly named Staunton Festival held at the country park at Leigh Park at the weekend was an outstanding success ''Singers - Leigh Park Community Choir on stage ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142046-1001) PPP-140713-123802003

STAUNTON FESTIVAL (JT) MRW 13/7/2014 ''The newly named Staunton Festival held at the country park at Leigh Park at the weekend was an outstanding success ''Singers - Leigh Park Community Choir on stage ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142046-1001) PPP-140713-123802003

The event was Hampshire Water Festival until last year when it became Staunton Festival.

This year there was a range of free sporting activities, including circus workshops, as well as pond dipping and ‘water walkers’ on the lake.

Lulu added: ‘We are promoting Staunton Country Park with environmental themes and water-saving.’