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Cancelled children’s festival in Essex to co-host online weekend of activities

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By Sam Dordoy

The 3Foot People Festival was sadly cancelled this year, but the organisers have announced that they are co-hosting a free virtual festival designed just for families.

The Good Play Guide’s, ‘Play at Home Fest’  hopes to lift the nation’s spirits over the bank holiday at the end of May.

The completely free festival in Chelmsford, Essex takes place on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, with two days of action-packed fun streamed directly to homes.

The exclusive lineup puts play back at the heart of the home, encouraging children to use their imaginations and creativity and to connect to their families.

Children’s favourite characters and celebrities will appear, with festival wristbands available for you to print and cut out at home.

There will be a 3foot virtual stage, hosted on the @3footfestival Facebook page, just for pre-schoolers.

Between 12pm and 5pm each day, little ones can enjoy unique entertainment: dancing, relaxing, music, baby and toddler sensory sessions, partying with Glastonbabies, exercise with Little Scrummers Rugby, laughing along with shows from the Travelling Theatrebox and much more.

The festival is also raising funds for the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal, so although it is all free, donations are welcomed.

Councillor Marie Goldman, cabinet member for Connected Chelmsford, said: “School closures, lockdown and social distancing are all essential to save lives, but abiding by the rules doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fun.

“We want to help families not just to survive, but to thrive and create some positive memories of this time that they’ll treasure forever. Pitch your tent in the garden, set up some camping chairs and have a great time with Play at Home Fest.”

Dr Amanda Gummer, founder and CEO of the Good Play Guide, said: “The lineup for Play at Home Fest is phenomenal already and we are just thrilled to be able to bring this level of play, fun, and excitement to families at such an uncertain time, while raising funds for the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal.”

For the latest updates, follow @3footfestival and @GoodPlayGuide on Facebook.

Original Article: In Your Area

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