A review of this summer's events in the parks
The Great Big Bushey Bake Off saw some extremely keen junior and adult bakers with Mayor Peter Rutledge as head judge.
The Dog Show was yet again one of the most popular events in the summer schedule with approx. 70 dogs being entered into numerous classes. The friends of King George had an obstacle course running alongside the main ring which also added to the event. Blythwood Vets helped out again with judging and Dog Lost had a stall to promote their charity.
This year’s Teddy Bears Picnic was again a very successful event, well over 100 happy families attended and enjoyed a Mini Fun Fair, Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt, Magic Show, plenty of bubbles and lots of prizes for the children who entered the best dressed teddy competition. Our Special guest judge was Mayor Peter Rutledge and Cllr Anne Swerling also attended the event.
Laughter Therapy continues to have a small but loyal following and has run from May through to August.
Brand new for 2016 Children’s yoga started in the Rose Garden, Bushey. This ran for three weeks in July and like most Motivate 4 Events was free to attend. Each session was an hour and taken by a qualified instructor. Between 15 – 20 children attended each week. It is something we will be looking to continue in 2017.
Unsigned and unplugged
This was the third year we took Unsigned and Unplugged to The Rose Garden. This year the event was included in the Bushey Festival and over 200 people attended throughout the day. Eight Local performers took to the stage to perform their 30 minute sets of original material. BBC Three Counties Radio contacted the Motivate 4 team and asked for an interview with the event organizer. The show was aired on the day of the event and was given a 20 minute segment which included one of the performances being live on air. The show went out to over 156,000 listeners which was amazing publicity for the event and the team.
Free Meditation and Yoga sessions took place each Tuesday evening in July but unfortunately the great British weather was not on our side and rain stopped play on three our of four occasions!
Movies in the Park, is in its third consecutive year now and one of the most successful events Motivate 4 events have put on. The events run over three days in three parks. This year films included family favourites like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and The Wizard of Oz plus sing-a-long classics like Grease and Mama Mia.
Sounds Of Summer
Sounds of Summer 2016 was the biggest event the team has put on. 16 local musicians and one huge ukulele band played across two stages performing rock, pop, jazz and country music to crowds in Oakmere Park on 20 August between 12-8pm. Even the constant downpour could not stop the crowds dancing to some of the best musical artists Hertsmere has to offer.
Acts included Shades of Midnight, All These Years, No Idea, Rash LA, Dodo Bones, Laterala, Katie’s Jumping Fleas, My Mate George, Beth Hedges, Sophie Andrews, Tom Craven, Phil Crocker, Rob Finlay, Erasmus and Lottie Henshall. Aside from the rain, the event was a huge success, with over 600 people enjoying the day. Attractions included 20 stalls plus a licenced Bar, Food, Arts & Crafts, jewellery and free children’s rides - even Elsa from Disney's frozen made an appearance!
The Motivate 4 events team also helped getting other events we are not directly involved with off the ground and offered advice and support. These included Jazz in The Park (Bushey) Millbrook Community Fair, Church groups in the park and Lee Cliff Local events.
To find out more, check out Hertsmere Leisure's Facebook page to keep up to date with events