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SouthWestFest festival in Milbank Gardens a massive success

Mermaids, floating fish and octopuses in the trees at annual community event

21 July, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

MERMAIDS, pirates and lots of little fish gathered in Milbank Gardens for a fun-filled Under The Sea picnic.

The event on July 9 was all part of the SouthWestFest, a community-led festival that has been running in the SW1 area for more than a decade.

The family picnic has become a staple – and this year’s was chosen for the wealth of fancy dress opportunities it provided, according to festival director Joanna Hedges.

She told Diary: “We wanted to make it really magical for the kids so we decorated the park, we had octopuses in the trees, a shipwreck, a mermaid and floating fish. We had lots of activities, we played parachute games and What’s the time, Mr Shark? Families and kids are very important and at the heart of what we do. The picnic is an excuse to give something back to local communities.”

SouthWestFest, a three-week event which includes more than  60 events, also boasts photography workshops, art projects, concerts and performances by local schoolchildren. This year’s finale on Saturday at the Thamesbank centre in Peabody Avenue, is a Family Fun and Health Day with a free rock climbing wall, activities by the community health champions, face painting, arts and crafts and much more.

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