Children’s Day has become one of BrixFest’s most popular events and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever this Whitsuntide Bank holiday Monday, May 29th.
Linda and Johnny Village from Brixham Cottages (our headline sponsors) are the BrixFest committee members organising the 2017 Children’s Day.
They say that as well as the return of last year’s most popular events, such as the craft tent, Melody the Mermaid Trail, Build a Boat, stilt walkers, the Crabbing Competition (which runs all day Sunday as well as Monday), face painting, Captain Blackheart and an energetic game organised by Children’s Day sponsor Splashdown, there are many new treats in store. And they’re all FREE.
“We’ve created a new character, Squirtle the Turtle who, along with many other sea creatures, we’ll be drawing and creating using paper plates and tactile materials in the craft tent. For the first time our famous local Police dogs Charlie the spaniel and Axel the German shepherd will be there,” says Linda Village.
“And there’ll be quirky hands-on marine science experiments led by Dr Juliette Jackson, of Devon based non-profit Community Interest Company Seadream (www.seadreameducation.com) , as part of the Engineering here, there and everywhere project funded by the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).”
Dr Jackson says: “We’ll be exploring the engineers of the sea to learn how to be as speedy as a shark, propel like a squid and communicate in the dark.”
It’s rumoured this will include children being shown how to build their own jet-propelled squids using washing-up liquid bottles and other such intriguing projects!
Do you have a Brixham heritage story to tell?
BrixFest (Saturday May 27th to May 31st) is this year taking a heritage theme, making beautiful Brixham both the star and location of the festival. It is also undertaking an ambitious year-long project to record local people’s memories of the town, its events and its traditional industries and make them freely available in a social history archive.
To do this it needs to contact senior locals (or past residents) with a story to tell about themselves or their families – this might be about WW2, fishing, the lifeboat, shipbuilding, rope or sail making, the Boy’s Home, or just about anything else which helps to bring Brixham’s history alive.
So we are appealing to Brixham News readers who have a story to tell to get in touch by letting the committee to expect you at the free afternoon tea hosted by young volunteers at The Edge, Bolton Street, Brixham on Sunday April 2nd, when BrixFest committee members will explain all. If you would like to take part, call 01803 858488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Those with mobility problems can use the same contact details to make an initial contact so that home visits or phone interviews can be organised.
BrixFest Heritage Trail social history project
Sunday April 2nd, The Edge, Bolton Street Brixham
Free afternoon tea for those with a Brixham story to tell (please call 01803 858488 or email email@example.com to secure your place).Follow