Countdown to East Reading FestivalBy Sally Bryant
June 29, 2011
The countdown has started for six days of fun that will add up to the East Reading Festival.
Last year’s event was a huge success, culminating in Palmer Park with fairground rides and Bollywood dancing.
This year’s festival, which starts tomorrow and runs until Tuesday, is offering an extra two days of community entertainment and activities.
Sunday will see Palmer Park come alive with another family fun day. From noon until 4pm, visitors will be able to enjoy a free feast of live music, stalls, rides, games, barbecue and more.
Reading Rebels American Football club will be among those making sure it all goes with a swing.
Those who want to celebrate their community in a quieter way will be pleased to see two workshops that are new to the festival scene this time.
Tomorrow, between 1pm and 3pm, a free session will give people the chance to learn how to embroider a traditional dupatta (shawl) and there will also be taster classes on embroidery and threadwork.
Another workshop on Saturday, also from 1pm to 3pm, will teach people how to make and decorate an outfit on a budget.
Both sewing sessions will be at East Reading Adventure Playground Association (ERAPA) centre at Palmer Park.
The festival programme is packed with entertainment and activities for all ages across more than 10 venues. Everyone can feel festive and fit if they dip into the host of exercise sessions on offer.
For example, tomorrow there will be an aerobics class for mums (10am at Warehouse in Cumberland Road), a 50-plus workout (Palmer Park 12.45pm), gym sessions for disabled users (Palmer Park 1.30pm), legs bums and tums (Indian Community Centre, Norris Road, 6.30pm) and a salsa and merengue dance workshop (Warehouse, 7.30pm).
There are many more opportunities to get moving over the other festival days as well. Other health and wellbeing-centred events include sleep workshops, confidential NHS health checks and a free women’s event tomorrow to raise awareness of breast cancer.
The Pink Effect is taking place tomorrow at the Pakistan Community Centre with zumba and aerobics tasters, health checks, refreshments and more.
Thousands of copies of the programme have been delivered to schools, Palmer Park Library and other public buildings, such as doctors’ surgeries.
Info is also at www.reading.gov.uk/eastreadingfestival or you can call 0118 937 2116.