The Leys Festival and Horticultural Show is back!

Published: Tuesday, 4th July 2017

The Leys Festival and Horticultural Show will return to Blackbird Leys on Saturday 8 July.

The event promises more stalls and activities than ever before – ranging from zorbing football, penalty shoot-outs, cricket, rugby, martial arts, bouncy castles and a climbing wall, to craft stalls, DIY face painting, meditation and yoga.

Some of the more unusual attractions this year include meerkats and mini-beasts, a display from Cowley Classic Cars Club and handling historical artefacts from Oxford for Oxford.

There will also be a variety of performances on the main stage, including dance and music – and even a martial arts display.

This year’s festival also includes a range of competitions that visitors are encouraged to participate in, including cake baking, photography and chutney making.

And best of all, all of the activities are either free or low cost, with no activity costing more than £1.

The Leys Festival and Horticultural Show will take place in Blackbird Leys Park between 12pm and 4pm.                                      

The festival has been organised by a steering group consisting of Oxford City Council, The Blackbird Academy Trust schools, The Oxford Academy, and The Oxford Polish Association.

It has been made possible thanks to funding from Blackbird Leys Parish Council, the Polish Embassy in London, Green Square Housing, Catalyst Housing and City Councillors.

Councillor Dee Sinclair, Executive Board Member for Culture and Communities, said: “The day will be full of music and fun for children and adults alike, so come along and get involved – there will be something for every member of the family!”

“The Leys Festival and Horticultural Show is a wonderful occasion where the whole community comes together to join in a host of activities and, with so many things to try, sometimes people find they’ve discovered a new passion in the process.”