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Whitchurch, Hampshire Winner of Best UK Family Festival 2023

Whitchurch (Hampshire) Walkers are Welcome team are thrilled to announce that their partner group Whitchurch Conservation Group have been awarded the ‘Best Family Festival’ award at the U.K. Festival Awards 2023, for Whitchurch Children’s Festival, an absolutely brilliant result for Hampshire’s smallest town and testament to an extraordinary amount of hard work. A particular shout out should go to the group’s Chair, Lucie Maitland whose germ of an idea during lockdown and single minded determination underpins this success.

Jackie Browne, Coordinator for Whitchurch, Hampshire WaW said ‘having partnered successfully with Whitchurch Conservation Group in 2022/3 to deliver the various walking related projects funded by a large LEADER grant, we were delighted to provide the group with letters in support of their application for Arts Council Funding and WaW stewards for the two day event. The bi-annual Children’s Festival is a small, safe and friendly, family arts festival in Whitchurch, Hampshire, designed especially for families with pre-school and primary-school age children, celebrating all that is great about Whitchurch’s natural landscape; the River Test, Mill Trail and North Wessex Downs National Landscape. The festival was a fun weekend of arts and crafts activities, theatre, dance, storytelling, poetry and live music, with our very own WaW footpath volunteer Mick Browne swapping shears for a guitar to perform in the ‘Legends’ slot on the music stage. “

The success of the festival builds on the town’s place shaping ambitions to become a ‘destination’ town in North Hampshire. Follow the link to see this year’s Festival Highlights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOp-9RoS_i8

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