THEY couldn’t have picked a better weekend to hold a water festival.
But organisers of Hampshire Water Festival say bad weather didn’t stop the annual event at Staunton Country Park being a hit.
Visitors were taught how to preserve water and where it comes from through videos, pamphlets and banners made by local schools.
And in between the learning there was a fun fair, beer tent and stalls selling local produce for people to enjoy.
The event was put together thanks to a joint effort from staff at the park, Havant Borough Council and the Hampshire Water Partnership.
Event co-ordinator Lulu Bowerman said: ‘It’s poured down but that hasn’t put anyone off coming.
‘We wanted to teach people about the importance of water in a fun way. The weather in this country is so variable. One minute we could be having a drought and the next minute we have an abundance of rain. We need to look at how we can manage it.
‘Children will inherit this planet so we need to educate them.’
Kathleen Farmer, 34, of Waterlooville, went along with her children Nathan, six, and Kimberley, 12, on Saturday, when the heavy rain came down.
‘It’s a great family fun event,’ Kathleen said. ‘It’s something to do and it’s educational for the kids. It’s important for them to learn about things related to the planet.’
Families also took part in Olympic sports such as rowing, cycling and synchronised swimming.
And on Sunday a 40-piece orchestra and a fireworks show marked the passing of the Olympic torch through Hampshire.