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Frome family support charity Purple Elephant has announced that the annual Frome Children’s Festival will be held on Sunday 21 July, from 11am to 5pm.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary and dubbed  ‘A celebration of childhood’,  this all-welcome community day of over 30 activities will run from the Cheese and Grain, into Welshmill Woods and Welshmill Park and on to the other side of the river.  

The event will remain free to attend but, in response to the current financial challenges faced by many UK charities, organisers are asking everyone, who is able, to make a donation this year.  

As Frome Children’s Festival founder Sue Willis explains, “We’re extremely excited to have reached the milestone of 10 years of the Children’s Festival and are really looking forward to bringing local families a special celebration with loads of fun and excitement, including zip wires across the river, face-painting and a special performance from Wild Words theatre.

“It has become harder each year to find enough funding to keep the festival free, so, with many regular funds and grants not available this year, we will be asking festival-goers for donations up-front to ensure we have enough money to run a super special event.

“We’ll be providing tickets and asking everyone, who can afford it, for a £5 family donation which, in turn, will ensure we know how many fun-seekers will be there on the big day. We’re looking forward to an extra special event, celebrating our birthday in style, with the support of our fabulous local community!”

Purple Elephant has been touched by the generosity of the local groups and companies who have already offered to run activities for free – some of whom have been a part of the festival-family from the start. The team welcomes anyone else who could run an activity or provide entertainment for free or via their own funding this year. The more the merrier!

Any local businesses who would like to sponsor the festival or buy tickets as ‘Thank you’ gifts for their own staff and families are asked to get in touch with the organisers.

Tickets will be available to book online from Saturday 4 May and will, of course, remain totally free for all families who cannot afford to give a donation.

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