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Party continues to be a success for Didcot Garden Town

This summer Didcot Garden Town’s Garden Party has been a roaring success and it’s not finished yet.

More than 3,000 people have so far enjoyed the series of free activities and themed events held at the Cornerstone arts centre in the town centre during the summer holidays.

Each weekend has a different theme, which has been chosen to help build stronger communities and bring new culture, art and leisure opportunities to people living in and around Didcot.

So far there has been a large variety of street and theatre performances, and residents have helped to make bug hotels, join in art and craft sessions, and even learnt how to juggle and walk a tightrope.  To help keep everyone’s energy up, Nourish, the bar and café at Cornerstone, has been open and serving drinks, snacks and bagels. 

During the August Bank Holiday weekend, Cornerstone will be transformed to host a folk and heritage weekend.  On Saturday 28 August, there will be a feast of folk and roots music.  The Bank Holiday Sunday will see our Heritage and Stories day as we explore the town’s rich history and celebrate the wonder of a good story through street theatre, and there will also be a special performance based around a Mad Hatters Tea Party. 

On the last day of the Garden Party, Cornerstone will have a ‘get involved day’ on Saturday 4 September to showcase some of the activities and facilities the venue will have once it fully opens on Tuesday 7 September.  People will be able to try out a series of classes and workshops including Street Dance, Youth Theatre and Music Makers.

Cllr David Rouane, Cabinet Member for Didcot Garden Town at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We estimate that we’ve been hosting around 500 people each weekend at our garden party.  The events have been extremely popular, and we’ve had some great feedback from our residents – one lady told us that she thought the garden party has brought life to the town and that’s lovely to hear, particularly after we’ve all been apart so much during the pandemic.”

Cllr Judy Roberts, Cabinet Member for Didcot Garden Town at Vale of White Horse District Council said, “With no booking required, residents have been able to turn up and just enjoy all the free activities on offer.  No matter what the weather has predicted Cornerstone staff and the Didcot Garden Town team have managed to bring us some much-needed arts, culture and fun for everyone living in and around the garden town.”

With no booking required and no fee, everyone is invited to come along between 11am and 4pm every Saturday and Sunday until 4 September to join in with the Didcot Garden Party at Cornerstone.  For more information, visit www.cornerstone-arts.org