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Lots of fun for all the family at the Didcot Garden Party this summer

Didcot is the place to be this summer with the town’s first ever garden party kicking off this weekend.

The ‘town square’ outside Cornerstone Arts Centre will be transformed into town centre garden for the duration of the summer, with grass*, beanbags, deckchairs and other relaxing seating for visitors to come along, chill out, take part in activities or just soak up the party atmosphere.

A wide range of fun summer events for all ages are taking place from 24 July and every weekend all the way through the school holidays. Cornerstone’s party lawn will be the focus of the events, but lots of exciting things will be happening at other locations across the town too.

The summer long party is a Didcot Garden Town event hosted by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils. 

Visitors will be able to grab some food and refreshments at Nourish, Cornerstone’s café bar, and the art centre’s gallery will also be hosting a range of arts and crafts activities and exhibitions throughout the summer.

The party gets going every Saturday at 11am until 4 September, and each weekend has a different theme packed with a range of fun, interactive and engaging entertainment. Among the activities set to launch the garden party on Saturday 24 July will be a range of outdoor games, an exciting puppet show, a comedy club for children, a performance of The Three Musketeers and a bunting workshop.

Themes for the weekend events will be:

  • 24-25 July: Garden Party opening weekend
  • 31 July-1 August: Young People
  • 7-8 August: Environment and Nature
  • 14-15 August: Circus and Dance
  • 21-22 August: Science
  • 28-29 August: Heritage and Stories
  • 4 September: Get Involved

The themes have been chosen as a vision for the garden town, to build stronger communities and embrace the culture, art and leisure opportunities available in and around Didcot now and in the future.

The other locations the councils will be taking the party to over the summer include Edmunds Park, Boundary Park and Ladygrove.

Cllr Maggie Filipova Rivers, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing at South Oxfordshire District Council said: “This is going to be such a fun event for residents living in and around Didcot – I can’t wait to get out there and soak up some of the atmosphere. There really is something for everyone. After a challenging 18 months, some safe and friendly fun outdoors is just what we all need.”

Cllr David Rouane, Cabinet Member for Didcot Garden Town at South Oxfordshire District Council said: “This will be a great event for Didcot Garden Town and its residents. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the arts, culture and leisure activities that Didcot has to offer. These are all important aspects for growing Didcot into a thriving garden town and enhance its social and economic opportunities.”

Cllr Judy Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development and Infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “As part of the events taking place over the coming weeks we want to showcase the sustainability hopes for Didcot Garden Town and how that will become a part of all our lives to protect our climate and local surroundings. Many of the events that residents can take part in will highlight how we can all be active, creative and innovative with sustainability at the heart of what we do.”

All the details about what’s on and where for the Didcot Garden Party can be found on the Cornerstone Arts Centre website https://www.cornerstone-arts.org/

*Okay, so it’s astroturf, but we won’t tell anyone if you don’t.