More than 1,000 Havant residents visited their local parks for an afternoon of free family entertainment.
Families were treated to an outdoor theatrical performance in the sunshine at Hayling Island Park and Leigh Park Gardens.
The event was organised as part of the The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre’s outreach programme, Beyond the Walls.
The initiative launched by the centre in East Street, Havant, aims to get more people involved with different aspects of theatre by making it more accessible.
Audiences at the two parks were treated to the weird and wacky world of Dr Longitude’s Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie, made up of vaudeville acts, live musicians and puppeteers bringing this bizarre spectacle to life.
The Beyond the Walls project aims to make high-quality creative opportunities available to everyone in Havant.
The Spring has taken its work out beyond the walls of its East Street venue and into community spaces and venues, encouraging more people to take note of the work the art world has to offer.
The Spring’s outreach manager, Jemma Corbin, said: ‘This is the first time The Spring has been able to take work of this scale outdoors, and we were delighted to have the opportunity to bring a show as wonderful as Dr Longitude to Havant.
‘This was outdoor theatre at its very best and it’s what Beyond the Walls is all about.
‘Our aim was to make theatre fun and accessible and I think we achieved that.
‘Everyone I spoke to had a brilliant time and we’ve had people get in touch to tell us how much they and their families enjoyed these events.’
Families were encouraged to bring picnics and deck chairs to make the most of this free event, following the adventures of Dr Longitude and his rag-tag group of friends.
The arts centre hopes that more free outdoor events of this kind will be an excellent way of introducing children and families to theatre.
For more on the outreach programme email firstname.lastname@example.org.