Everybody Enjoyed A FANTASTIC Leys Festival 2018

By Cait Sweeney at

Hundreds of people flocked to Blackbird Leys park for a fantastic day out enjoyed by families, friends, community groups, local schools and organisations at the Leys Festival this year. Councillor Dee Sinclair, Executive Board Member for Culture and Communities, said “The Leys Festival and Horticultural Show is a wonderful occasion where the whole community comes together to join in a host of activities and, with so many things to try, sometimes people find they’ve discovered a new passion in the process.”

There were performances from The Blackbird Academy Trust schools and KC’s School of Dance to name but two, there was the chance to learn a dance routine with Alice in Wonderland and the Story Museum who were visiting for the day. Perhaps you became a sumo wrestler or bounced and rolled around the park in a giant inflatable balloon? – Also known as Zorbing.

You may have seen some clowning around and a puppet show; sampled some yoga and meditation or listened to the Clockhouse Singing group. Or perhaps you said hello to the goats and other animals at the petting farm. Many of the children we spoke to said this was “The best thing” along with “face painting” of which there was plenty to be seen, plus some amazing balloon creations.

With more stalls and activities than ever before there was something there to entertain and nurture everyone.
Linda Smith, Deputy Leader and Board Member for Leisure and Housing said “The festival is always a fun filled opportunity for the whole community to come together and celebrate the very best of Blackbird Leys, welcoming visitors from across Oxford to our beautiful park to enjoy the attractions on offer.”

The festival was organised by a steering group consisting of Oxford City Council, The Blackbird Academy Trust schools, The Oxford Academy, and The Oxford Polish Association and made possible thanks to funding from Blackbird Leys Parish Council, the Polish Embassy in London, Green Square Housing, Catalyst Housing and City Councillors.

Were you there? Do you have a picture you’d like to share or would like to tell us what you enjoyed the most? We’d love to hear from you so please do email us at editor.leysnews@gmail.com