2013 saw one of the hottest summers Britain has had to offer in an extremely long time; however the official start to the events season was more suited to Rudolf the red nose reindeer than the Easter Bunny. With the unlikely heavy snow in April our events team were forced to cancel 2 Easter egg hunts. When the sun finally decided to show its face for 2 days, Aberford Park (Borehamwood) & King Georges (Bushey) recreation ground were transformed into bubbling hubs of Easter fun. Local residents bared the cold to enjoy Magicians, Fun Fair, Egg Hunts, Face painting, Arts & Crafts and Visits from Fuzzy the Bear, Fire Man Sam and Peppa Pig.
The summer events schedule was bursting at the seams with brand new events and some of the community’s old favourites. Highlights included over 600 families attending The Rose Garden Centenary event on 30th June. The Edwardian themed event kicked off Bushey festival in style. Activities included a traditional carousel, coconut shy, Punch and Judy and a very special performance from Watford’s Brass Band.
The annual Dog Show in King George’s recreation ground continued to be one the most popular events of the summer season, with 150 dogs and owners entering a variety of different classes on one of the hottest day’s summer had to throw at us.
Borehamwood’s Ripon park played host to a brand new event, Watford FC FREE Coaching Sessions, which ran for 8 weeks over the summer holiday period, 40+ children between the ages 8 – 19 took part each week and has been so successfully this will continue throughout the winter months at the Hertswood centre, Borehamwood on Wednesday nights 6:30pm – 7:30pm.
Another new addition to the 2013 events calendar was Yoga in The Rose garden, which ran every Monday afternoon for 8 weeks during the summer months. Again other successful event in one of the most beautiful settings in Hertsmere.
By far the most successful and popular event this summer was the new addition of Family Fun Day in King Georges Recreation Ground Bushey. Hundreds of families flocked to the park on another glorious day to enjoy dodgems, live music, Jujitsu displays, fun fair rides, face painting, arts & crafts. At the heart of the event were traditional races including Egg n Spoon, Space hoppers, Sack races, Mums n Dads races & a giant Tug of War. Each Child that participated was given a medal and if you visit King George’s café you will see the tug of war winner’s trophy in all its glory sitting proudly by the window. This was won by the residents of Bushey whom competed against the event staff (slightly outnumbered). This event was funded by Councillor Linda Silver who hopes next year will be even bigger and better.
To round up the summer season of events was another first for 2013. Unsigned and Unplugged in the Rose Garden saw some of the best local musicians perform to an audience of over 150 people another event that we want to see again in 2014. This year was a great year of events in Hertsmere and we were extremely lucky to have such great weather, hopefully we have the same sun shine in 2014.
Contact the community team for more information on: 0208 236 3108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org