Riverside Park festival set for July

Stunt riders from "The Clan" will perform at the festival
Stunt riders from "The Clan" will perform at the festival

A WEEKEND festival to celebrate Riverside Park in Glenrothes will take place this summer with a huge range of family friendly activities on offer.

The three day event running on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July takes place during the UK’s annual ‘Love Parks Week’ and will be themed each day with many of the attractions on offer free to take part in.

Friday’s attractions and activities will have a sporting theme to coincide with the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and include a ‘beat Usain Bolt’ sprint challenge, a cycle challenge, and a range of sporting activities suitable for a variety of ability levels. Special guests The Clan will perform mountain bike stunt shows. A balloon release will mark the beginning of the Olympic Games.

An arts and crafts theme will see Saturday offering dance, circus and paint workshops along with a range of demonstrations and taster sessions on offer. Sunday will have a family focus with a wide range of fun demonstrations and workshops as well as a petting zoo and teddy bears picnic with a special guest reading from Aileen Paterson, author of the famous Maisie books.

Special attractions will be available across the weekend including a continental market, a ‘mother and baby hippos parade’, recycled junk music workshops and tractor rides around the park. A range of craft stalls and family favourites such as face painting, fairground rides and a bouncy castle will be there for the full weekend too. An information tent will focus on the heritage and historical significance of the park and its wider surroundings and music from Kingdom FM and Lollipop Radio will accompany the three-day festival.

Margaret Reilly, Fife Council’s Locality Support Team Leader said: “This is a first class park on our doorstep with the added benefit of being only a few minutes walk from the Kingdom Shopping Centre. It’s a significant part of the town centre landscape and we want to remind people in Fife, and beyond, that it’s just as much of an attraction as Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy or Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline.”