Rowans festival is a roaring success with youngsters

FUN William Glasspole, three and Mia McGiffen, nine
FUN William Glasspole, three and Mia McGiffen, nine

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LIVE music, a DJ, a stilt-walker and a face painter helped to keep families entertained at this year’s Rowansfest.

The annual three-day festival took place at the Fox and Hounds pub, in Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville.

On Friday and Sunday there was an array of live music, while Saturday was a family fun day.

Money raised from the event goes to the Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook.

The Mcleod family from Charles Close, Waterlooville, went along.

Mum Sharon, 34, said: ‘It was really fun. We come to this pub quite often, and when I heard they were doing a charity event for the Rowans I wanted to support it.

‘We all know someone that has been helped by the hospice and they’re a local charity to support.’

Last year’s festival raised £3,725, which organisers hope to top. Pub manager Kelly Sweeting said: ‘It was absolutely brilliant.

‘We’ve seen regular customers come in and people that don’t usually come here.

‘When we opened the pub four years ago we wanted to make sure we were involved in the community. That’s why from early on we decided to support the Rowans.’

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW

· Turn trash into treasure at a Portsmouth library. The free event is being held at the Alderman Lacey Library, in Tangier Road, Copnor, between 10am to 11pm for children aged four to 12.

· Children’s entertainer Nolan Davis will make kids laugh at City Museum. The popular entertainer will be performing at the venue, in Museum Road, Old Portsmouth. The free event runs from midday to 2pm and is open to children aged four to 10.

· Have you ever wanted to find out what fid is, or where to find a holy stone? Then get to HMS Victory, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, to learn more. There are two sessions being held – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, and it is open to children of all ages. The event is free with a valid dockyard ticket.

· Burn off energy at the Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre, in Alex Way, North End, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Children aged four to 14 can take part in games. Entry is £4.20 per child. Book in advance. Call (023) 9266 0589.