Family fun at ‘Urban Jungle’

Hairy Chairs will entertain at the Grantham Festival 2012.
Hairy Chairs will entertain at the Grantham Festival 2012.
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A BUMPER programme of activities for children and adults is planned for the second Grantham Festival, this year entitled ‘Urban Jungle’.

Organised by South Kesteven District Council, the event aims to entice both residents and visitors into the town centre and repeat the boost in footfall recorded during last year’s debut festival.

Street entertainment at Grantham Festival 2012.

Street entertainment at Grantham Festival 2012.

According to SKDC, over 70,000 people poured into the town making it the busiest Saturday in five years. Footfall figures rose by 29 per cent on the day.

‘Urban Jungle’ will take place on Saturday, March 31, to coincide with the popular Belton International Horse Trials.

Councillor Frances Cartwright, SKDC’s economic development portfolio holder, said: “We want to encourage people who are visiting the Belton Horse Trials along with local residents into Grantham to enjoy a host of family-based activities and explore our shops, restaurants and businesses.

“The Grantham Festival is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase what the town has to offer as well as giving people the chance to take time out to enjoy a whole host of activities.”

Activities will be staged in St Peter’s Hill, the Market Place, Wide Westgate, The George Centre and the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre, and will feature a mini horse trials-inspired Grantham Cup event. Other activities will include a climbing wall, treeless rope course, skateboard ramps and demonstrations, zorbing, themed arts and crafts, street theatre and artists, a community band, graffiti art, paintless paintball shooting and more.