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Prizes, storytelling, and bumper fun at Buster's Big Bash staged Saturday, May 6 at Dane John Gardens, Canterbury

By Liz Nicholls

Families will be joined by Rapunzel and Peter Pan for a morning of fun, games, and free gifts at the sold-out Buster’s Big Bash tomorrow.

The 2016 event saw then Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Sally Waters try out the Mini Babybel Space Hoppers.

The 2016 event saw then Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Sally Waters try out the Mini Babybel Space Hoppers.

Staged from 10am at Dane John Gardens, Canterbury, the free event boasts a range of exciting activities with fantastic prizes up for grabs. The first 300 children to check in will be rewarded with goody bags containing treats from Whitefriars, YMS Group, and Fenwick, while the Lucky Programme prize draw is giving away a day trip for two to Bruges Christmas markets, donated by Theatre Trips Kent.

Games include an ice hockey challenge by Silver Blades plus Harrison Lillis, player for the Invicta Dynamos ice hockey team, will be on hand to give tips. Other activities will be provided by Canterbury Eagles football club, Kinetic Circus, and Atlantis Go-Karts. The ever popular space hopper racing will return and this year features party dancing as well as a plant seed potting activity by Whitefriars.

Canterbury Smiggle has donated the prizes for the best Walk to School flags or banners on display as participants attempt to create the biggest walking bus in the county. The second record attempt, to stage Kent’s largest teddy bears’ picnic, will give participants the chance to win prizes from Fenwick’s toy department.

Youngsters will be able to meet Princess World’s Rapunzel and Peter Pan and enjoy magical storytelling by the Reading Fairy. Kent Fire and Rescue will be on hand allowing young fire engine fans to hop on board.

Anna from Disney's 'Frozen' with KM Charity Team's mascot Ted the Bear at last year's Buster's Big Bash event.

Anna from Disney's 'Frozen' with KM Charity Team's mascot Ted the Bear at last year's Buster's Big Bash event.

Snacks and drinks provided by McDonald's will help little ones to keep energy levels high for the whole morning.

Buster’s Big Bash is an annual event staged by the KM Charity Team with support from IMP to celebrate the success of walk to school projects Active Wow and Active Bug as well as Buster’s Book Club, a scheme encouraging pupils to develop a love of reading. The event is free to attend but families are required to book their places in advance online.

The KM Charity Team's green travel and literacy projects are supported by Kent County Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Medway Council, Bexley Council, Three R’s teacher recruitment, Specsavers, Eurostar, Bel UK, Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, Golding Vision, Kent Libraries, Kent Reliance, Orbit South, Gallaghers Aggregates and Whitefriars.

Schools will receive a 20% discount on green travel initiatives Active Wow or Active Bug for the next academic year if they join before the deadline of July 1. Both schemes aim to promote a healthier lifestyle, reduce traffic congestion, and improve safety at the school gate. Visit www.kmwalktoschool.co.uk, or click HERE.

For details of the successful reading scheme Buster’s Book Club, visit www.bustersbookclub.co.uk


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