On Saturday, Livability Holton Lee welcomed the local community for a day of family fun at their annual Community Fair.
The fair drew a crowd of around 1,500 visitors from across Dorset to join in with a range of exciting things to see and do and was formally opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr Angus Campbell. Attractions for the afternoon included birds of prey, a climbing wall, an amazing range of local arts and crafts, live music, ferret racing and tractor rides.
The beautiful gardens were open to everyone for people to relax and enjoy the delicious cream teas. Visitors were free to explore the site, set in 350-acres of natural heathland. A fully accessible nature discovery trail provided a unique opportunity to explore the natural environment and the RSPB were on hand to help people discover the wildlife.
Children and adults alike were offered a taster of the range of activities offered by Livability Holton Lee. The centre offers horticultural and forest-skills wellbeing-improvement programmes, art days featuring printmaking and ceramics courses, as well as fully accessible horse-and-carriage driving. Development is also underway to create a spinal injury support centre within the site, offering help and care for people leaving hospital following a spinal cord injury.
Neil Stevens, Livability Holton Lee manager, was delighted with the success of this year’s fair:
“Community is what Livability Holton Lee is all about so it was really encouraging to be able to gather different charities and organisations together on site to showcase what they bring to the local community.
“Once again we were blessed with good weather and there was a great atmosphere. It was a real delight to see everyone, whatever their age or ability, having fun and enjoying themselves in the sunshine.
“We have a whole range of open-access events and activities on offer at Livability Holton Lee that will help to improve your wellbeing. I would encourage people to check our website or like our Facebook page to get regular updates.”
Livability Holton Lee is a wellbeing discovery centre set in 350 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. We invite visitors to discover opportunities for personal growth through access to engaging activities and connecting with nature. With specific expertise in mental health and wide—ranging disabilities, our work benefits the whole person. We have an inclusive and compassionate Christian ethos, promoting physical, mental spiritual and social wellbeing. We welcome people of all faiths and none to work together towards the good of the whole community. Find out more about Livability Holton Lee here.