Angels, archers, hats and fairies at Salford’s Big Day Out 2017
Salford’s Big Day Out 2017 which took place on Saturday 16 September was another big success, attracting around 4-5,000 people to the civic centre lawns. Families enjoyed a huge range of entertainment and fun activities along with fabulous food and drink plus live music in the sunshine.
The council worked with various partner organisations and local businesses to create a wonderful day out for local residents. BBC Radio Manchester’s breakfast programme was broadcast live from the lawns with presenters interviewing various people involved in the event.
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New this year was involvement by RHS Bridgewater in advance of their new garden opening in Salford in 2020. Their spectacular floral displays and herb planting activities were hugely popular as were design activities in floral crown and buttonhole making by local exhibitors. In this area, visitors could discover the green side of Salford which also included vegetable growing, foraged food and the chance to get up close with birds of prey.
Over £500 was raised on the day for the Salford Birth Centre appeal via the coconut shy, a cake raffle and Who’s the Baby competition hosted by West Way Nissan. Other competitions from sponsors went down well with Campanile giving away theatre tickets to The Lowry for the person who guessed the number of balloons in a car and Holiday Inn Manchester West ran a challenge for the fastest bed maker!
Visitors were transported back in time with the Norman history re-enactment group and their 12th century crafts from archery to coin hammering. More recent history was enjoyed on board Salford City Transport’s vintage double decker bus whilst the Key103 bus was the place for residents to share their views on local health issues as part of Salford Together.
Everyone enjoyed tasty treats from across the city including afternoon tea by the Salford Angels Women’s Institute. First Chop, an Eccles based brewery launched a Salford Pale Ale especially for the occasion as part of our forthcoming Salford Food and Drink Fortnight next month.
Youngsters, many with painted faces, loved Barrington’s magic tricks, climbing wall, inflatable super slides and the chance to explore a range of big vehicles. They also relished the opportunity to conduct a trio of musicians from the BBC Philharmonic in a fun interactive workshop. Budding young explorers made binoculars in craft sessions with the Bridgewater Canal team. A local artist helped hundreds of children make hats from recycled arts, culminating in a hat parade at the end of the day along with a fabulous fairy party.
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