The Leys Festival and Horticultural Show is going to be a summer sensation!

Published: Wednesday, 4th July 2018

The Leys Festival and Horticultural Show will return to the Blackbird Leys Park on Saturday 7 July from 11am to 3pm.

The festival will host stalls and exciting events – from sporting activities like kickboxing, mountain biking and football, to craft stalls, music and dance performances, and even a clown that will bring a smile to everyone.

Family-friendly attractions this year include:

  • Crocodiles of the World
  • choir and dance performances
  • a petting farm
  • balloon modelling
  • DIY face painting
  • a story tent
  • bouncy castles
  • slime making
  • and of course delicious food

Furthermore, the events and attractions are either free or low cost, with no activity costing more than £1.

The festival has been organised by officers from the Communities Team, Active Communities along with a steering group consisting of local groups and organisations, including:

  • The Blackbird Academy Trust schools
  • The Oxford Academy
  • The Nigerian Community in Oxfordshire
  • The Oxford Polish Association

This event is possible thanks to the generous funding of Blackbird Leys Parish Council which contributed £3,750, Green Square Housing and Catalyst Housing contributing £1,000 and one of the local shops NISA contributing £100. City Councillors have also contributed over £1,600 from their individual Ward Member’s Budgets to support the event.

Linda Smith, Deputy Leader and Board Member for Leisure and Housing said: “I can’t wait to officially open the Leys Festival & Horticultural Show at 11am on Saturday! The festival is always a fun filled opportunity for the whole community to come together and  celebrate the very best of Blackbird Leys, welcoming visitors from across Oxford to our beautiful park to enjoy the attractions on offer.”

“This year will be an action packed day with delicious food, fantastic music, performances and activities for children and adults alike. I encourage everyone to come along and experience this vibrant community event for themselves.”