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Bunbury celebrates opening of long-awaited playground

The £253,000 community-led project features a zipwire and muti-purpose running track

Balloons were released at the opening celebration

A knight in shining armour helped open Bunbury’s long-awaited new playground on Monday (March 28).

Jubilee Playing Fields has become home to the £253,000 recreation area – a community-led project which has been more than three years in the making.

A wooden climbing ship, zipwire, miniature Beeston Castle and fitness equipment for people of all ages and abilities are among the facilities newly on offer.

CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton was joined by the knight – who was paying tribute to Sir Hugh Calveley and galloped in on the park’s new all-purpose running track – to slash the ribbon at the opening ceremony, which saw live music and an Easter egg hunt.

An actor took on the role of Sir Hugh Calveley, who built the church in Bunbury

The playground is thanks to a group of visionary mums from Bunbury who wanted to create a community space for everyone in the village.

Following consultations with Bunbury Aldersey Primary School, the Scouts, the Guides, disability groups and residents, plans started to take shape.

Beth Hayward, chair of the playground committee, explained: “We wanted everyone to feel part of this project. It’s been fantastic to see people for all walks to life with lots of different skills join together to make this happen.

“This area has such a rich cultural history and we’ve been able to bring this to life for future generations through the park’s Knights and Castle theme.”

Runners and wheelchair-users alike will be able to use the 420m running track, which links to major footpaths to encourage people to walk through the fields.

Beth added that funding has been secured for ongoing events such as weaving workshops, storytelling time, boot camps and buggy fitness.

CBBC's Katie Thistleton with young Bunbury residents

The playground and such activities have been made possible through community fundraising events, sponsorship from local businesses such as The Yew Tree, Peckforton Castle and Iceland, as well as grants from the Big Lottery Fund, WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, Veolia Environmental Trust and The Haberdashers.

“It’s a space for all Bunbury residents to enjoy, not just children. A place where residents can build connections and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Beth.

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