Gallery: Fun day so popular crowds turned away

AN EASTER family fun day in Suffolk proved so popular the organisers had to turn hundreds away.

Russell Claydon

AN EASTER family fun day in Suffolk proved so popular the organisers had to turn hundreds away.

Raring2Go organisers this evening hailed their first event a “huge success” but said they are so sorry they could not accommodate everyone.

The Easter extravaganza held in the beautiful grounds of Orwell Park, Nacton today brought at least 4,000 children through the gates - but more had to be turned away.

Organisers are now considering making the event - sponsored by the East Anglian Daily Times - an annual thing after it proved a big hit with the kids.

Plenty of entertainment was on offer at the family day out, including a chance to see Easton Farm Park's latest additions - Easter lambs, bunnies and chickens.

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Colchester Zoo and Jimmy's Farm all bought along pets for the children to learn about whilst a Punch and Judy show also drew in the crowds.

Former Ipswich Town footballer Fabian Wilnis proved one of the star attractions though, as he turned up to a penalty competition to sign autographs.

A fire engine and turntable ladder driven in by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service towards the end of the event provided a fitting crescendo to an action-packed day.

Maria Reilly, editor of Raring2Go - a free magazine highlighting to parents and children interesting local activities - said: “It went very well. The weather was fantastic and we had to turn people away which was the problem.

“The police turned away lots of cars so that is the saddest thing. The venue was not big enough to cope and I did not expect so many people to turn up come.

“There was a lot going on to enjoy along with the beautiful grounds, so from that aspect it was a huge success.”

Animal face-painting, rock climbing and a mega inflatable slide were amongst 70 exhibitors who pitched up for the day.

Mrs Reilly added: “It may well be an annual thing. We would love it to be.

“We have brought the magazine to life for the day.”