Magical summer fun for Stamford youngsters

Photo: SM020811-020ow.jpg'Knights and Maidens event at Burghley House. Emily Thomas, four.
Photo: SM020811-020ow.jpg'Knights and Maidens event at Burghley House. Emily Thomas, four.

YOUNGSTERS enjoyed sports, crafts and even a bit of magic during holiday workshops.

Children learned to knit at Stamford Arts Centre as part of an Olympic event.

Knit2gether Lincs is a cultural Olympiad event that has been touring Lincolnshire.

People have been creating an Olympic running track from wool, and the track now stretches to more than 200m.

Youngsters were able to see the track on Monday, and also learned finger knitting.

Lead artist Carol Parker, from Spalding, said: “Our aim is to connect communities with a vast geographical spread.

“We work with a range of groups including schools and community groups, who have come together to create a huge collaborative artwork.

“A lot of knitting groups have been set up in rural areas to try and leave a legacy.”

A mystical atmosphere lingered over Burghley Park this week for the Festival of Surprises.

The event is in its fourth year and attracted more than 1,700 people over the weekend to enjoy the activities on offer.

The year’s activities come under the theme of Magic, Myths and Legends and include a court jester’s workshop, sculpture workshops, King Arthur’s treasure hunt and a wizard craft workshop.

Operations manager Ruth Hudson said: “The children have all enjoyed playing in the water park and sculpture garden as well as the workshops and extra activities running this week.”

And sporty youngsters showed their skills at three football workshops at Empingham Road Playing Fields in Stamford this week.

Themed workshops and included World Cup Day, Be a Star day and Goals, Goals, Goals!

The course was run by Football Development Schools based in Market Harborough.