A NEW free festival is being planned to teach people the importance of conserving energy.
Following on from the Hampshire Water Festival, which saw more than 5,000 people descend on Staunton Country Park, in Middle Park Way, last summer, the organisers have broadened the event with free music and sporting activities too.
Staunton Festival takes place over the weekend of July 20 and 21.
As well as the green message there will also be a lot of events the whole family can take part in.
Organiser Lulu Bowerman said: ‘The Water Festival was supposed to move around the county each year.
‘But we got it in 2009 and it was so successful we kept it for four years.
‘Last year there were at least 5,000 here and it was wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves, learning how to save energy – and money – and soaking up the music while eating picnics.
‘There is a really important message we want to get across in partnership with Portsmouth Water about conserving energy.
‘But we’ve broadened the appeal and we will also have Rule The World, a Take That tribute band on stage by the lake. We think everyone will love it.’
In conjunction with Havant Borough Council, Havant Academy, off Wakeford’s Way, will be hosting the sporting events.
George ‘Topsy’ Turner and Richard Wood from Havant Borough Council will running the sporting activities as part of the 2012 Olympics Get Active legacy.
All the activities can be played by people of all ages and abilities.
Back at Staunton, visitors can also enjoy circus workshops and fishing on the lake.
There will also be pond dipping, face painting and water walkers.
Lulu added: ‘I’m really, really looking forward to it.
‘There will be lots of entertainment and delicious food.
‘People will love it and, of course, we are hoping for weather as fabulous as last year.’
Rule The World will be on stage by 2pm on Sunday.
The festival is free and open from 10am to 5pm on both days with parking at £2.50
Tickets to enter Staunton Farm and gardens are half price for visitors to the Staunton Festival.
For more information go to stauntonfestival.co.uk.