It was fun in the sun for children, young people and adults on Saturday 4th May as Radipole Gardens celebrated wildlife and wellbeing in the Picnic in the Park Event. The event was supported by Weymouth Town Council, Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens, Live Well Dorset, Stepping into Nature and Active Ageing all sharing one main aim – to encourage people to get active in the great outdoors.
Families had the opportunity to try yoga, pilates, band HIIT workout, self-care stomp, orienteering and piyo as providers offered free taster sessions. In between the sessions there was live music, wildlife stalls to peruse, storytelling, a scavenger hunt, walking football, refreshments, bike marking and a cooking stall promoting healthy eating.
The Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens had an engagement tent exhibiting old photographs and information about the heritage of the site. A joint display with the Town Council’s Parks Section outlining the plans for the park if a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Bid is successful. The plans include the installation of a heritage café, toilets, new play area, bog garden, wildlife area, and much more! The public also had the opportunity to vote on what activities and sports they’d like to see in the park, including water shoots, table tennis and updated basketball and tennis courts.
The afternoon was rounded off nicely with a raffle organised by the Friends of Radipole, which raised funds towards a sensory garden which will include a series of raised beds that can be tended by various community groups, enabling those who might not be physically or mentally able to enjoy the outdoors as a group. The Friends of Radipole have set the target of raising £20,000 and so far, have reached £14,000 towards this goal.
A spokesperson for the Friends Group commented, “It was a really well attended event with a whole variety of different age groups enjoying the wildlife stalls and wellbeing activities. There were also some new faces in the park, finding out about the Lottery project and giving some really positive feedback on the proposed plans, which is very encouraging.”
Jane Biscombe, Town Clerk for Weymouth Town Council, said, “What a fantastic event! It’s so important for people to be active and what better way than by enjoying exercise outdoors in the sunshine. The Lottery plans to restore the park sound very exciting and it’s great to hear that so many people are engaged with the project.”
To donate money towards the sensory garden or to find out more about the heritage lottery project, please follow this link: