Play draws thousands

Thousands of families from across the Vale visited Aylesbury’s award-winning Vale Park for a fun-filled day at Play in the Park.

Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council to celebrate National Play Day, the event on Wednesday offered a range of activities, including electric go-karts, petting farm, climbing wall, face painting and bouncy castles.

There was also an appearance by children’s entertainer Colonel Custard, who demonstrated and taught some of his circus skills.

Cllr Paul Irwin, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: ‘The amazing range of activities on offer at this year’s Play in the Park gave children the opportunity to play and be creative to their hearts’ content. Play is a crucial part of a child’s development, so it was wonderful to see so many children enjoying their time at the event.’

Comments from visitors on the day:

‘My kids are having a great day. To be honest, I’m struggling to get them to leave!’

– Erica T, Stoke Mandeville

‘This is my first time at Play in the Park, and I’ve been surprised by how much stuff there is to see and do. I did have one problem though, my daughter loved petting the sheep so much that she asked if she could take one home!’

– Jamie R, Winslow

This was Play in the Park’s 12th year. The event has gone from strength to strength and is now recognised as the Vale’s premier play day.