Buster’s Big Bash 2018

From left, Oliver Thomas 6, Matthew Stibbles 4, Matthew Thomas 5 from St Peter & St Paul’s Primary, Leybourne, at Buster’s Big Bash in 2017.

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Space-hopper racing, go-karting and goodies and prizes galore will be among the attractions at the annual Buster’s Big Bash free family fun event.

The Dane John Gardens in Canterbury will host the annual extravaganza of enjoyment for children and adults from across Kent on Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 12.30pm.

Circus performers, sporting challenges, emergency vehicles, stalls and of course the great Buster Bug himself will keep youngsters and grown-ups alike entertained.

Every child will be given a challenge sheet and if they complete all the activities, they will receive a voucher for a local attraction.

The event starts each year with an attempt to break the record for the biggest walking bus ever to walk down a Kent street, setting off from the Dane John Gardens and walking around the city centre and back.

Organisers will also be attempting to hold a record-breaking teddy bears’ picnic, so children are encouraged to bring their favourite cuddly toy. There will be prizes for the best dressed teddy and the best walk to school banners, as well as goody bags for the first arrivals.

“We hold Buster’s Big Bash every year to say a big well done to all the children and parents who’ve taken part in our literacy scheme, Buster’s Book Club, and our walk to school schemes,” explained KM Charity Team project officer Charlotte Hayes.

“Their enthusiasm and effort all year round is so inspiring and makes our job worthwhile, we feel throwing them a party to say ‘You’re great!’ is the least we can do.”

Although the event is free, booking is required to keep track of numbers. Visit www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/booking.

The KM Charity Team’s literacy and walk to school schemes are supported by organisations including Orbit, Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), Leeds Castle, Kent County Council, Medway Council, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Whitefriars, Specsavers, Eurostar, Whites Transport, Ashford International Hotel, Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, London Borough of Bexley, Maidstone Borough Council, Little Cheyne Court, Kent Community Foundation, and Ashford Borough Council. Find out more at www.bustersbookclub.co.uk and www.kmwalktoschool.co.uk.

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