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Wild Woods Day

The Chairman of the Council, Councillor June Lumley at Wild Woods day trying out golf - photo by Gill SandfordPlans are gearing up for the 12th annual Wild Woods Day which this year takes place on Saturday 30 May at Hockley Woods.

This year’s event is set to be the biggest yet with a host of new activities, experiences and entertainment in the planning.  Visitors will have the chance to explore different zones including a Create & Play Zone, Green Zone, Active Zone and Wild Zone. An expanded market place and picnic area plus an entertainment stage, see’s this popular event continuing to grow each year.

Market stalls at Wild Woods DayFamilies Go Wild for Woods Fun Day!

Hockley Woods was packed with families having fun on Saturday 7 June as Rochford District Council hosted it’s eleventh Wild Woods Day.

Family favourites such as the climbing wall and archery were back again this year and were joined by a number of new activities such as axe throwing, rope bridge building and a pop up Tourist Information Centre. There were also a number of new catering outlets including a delicious hog roast and fresh Italian coffee stand which went down a treat with the crowds.

The event was also one of the first official engagements for Rochford District Council’s newly appointed Chairman Councillor June Lumley, who joined the crowds of enthusiastic families and even tried her hand at some of the activities on offer.

Recycling mascot Max The Dragon who was on hand to ‘high five’ the youngstersThe Chairman said: "This is such a wonderful way to start my year in office. It's great to see so many families who weren't put off by the early morning showers and came to Hockley Woods to enjoy a fun day out together. It's good to see new events this year such as the axe throwing, Kooky Theatre Company, a bigger and better marketplace and the pop up Tourist Information Centre which shows what our beautiful District has to offer. I'd especially like to thank all the people who have made this event such a success; the Rochford District Council Leisure Team, the many volunteers and all the people who take the time to run the stalls and activities."

Also in attendance was the famous Recycling mascot Max The Dragon who was on hand to ‘high five’ the youngsters and pose for photographs.

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