Whaley Bridge families are in for a great weekend in the sun as the Rose Queen Festival draws to a close. On Friday night (5 July) it’s Treasure Hunt time at the Bowling Club and on Sunday (7 July) a Family Fun Sports Day at Whaley Bridge football ground.. The weather outlook for the weekend and at least the following week is sunny, with temperatures 21 Celsius or above.
Both events are new to the Rose Queen Festival, which is still basking in memories of its successful Carnival weekend. Festival secretary Tim Mourne urges families to support these events, and adds: “If it is a success, which I’m sure it will be, the Sports Day could become a stand alone event in future years as a highlight of the school holidays.”
The Treasure Hunt starts at 6.30pm, with registering available from 6pm-8pm. Families will be given clues and a map, and walk the mystery route which should take an hour to an hour and a quarter. The hunt starts and ends at the Bowling Club. There are cash prizes of £30, £20 and £10 for the first three teams, and certificates for all finishers.
The Fun Sports Day runs from 12 noon for a couple of hours at the Whaley Bridge football ground. It is accessible from Memorial Park, or from Macclesfield Road, turning off at Park Road. A barbecue and refreshments are available.
The event is organised in conjunction with Village Games Derbyshire, which has brought ‘Olympic’ style family fun to other local communities. It is described as ‘a fun family decathlon challenge’, including such events as
- bean bag games
- hula hooping
- bunny hops
- hockey dribble
- long jump
- and, that old favourite, the sack race.
There is also a family orienteering explorer challenge and a family tug o’ war, all followed by an Olympic style medal ceremony for winners. Cllr Martin Thomas, chair of Whaley Bridge Town Council, will be attending the event.