PICTURES: Festival in the Field

PUBLISHED: 13:37 12 September 2018

Smelly welly throwing. Picture: Jeremy Long

Smelly welly throwing. Picture: Jeremy Long

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Villagers gathered for an afternoon of family-themed activities at the weekend.

Doctor Jazz at Festival In The Field. Picture: Jeremy LongDoctor Jazz at Festival In The Field. Picture: Jeremy Long

The popular Festival in the Field returned to Abbots Leigh on Sunday.

Families flocked to Old School Field, in Church Road, to take part in a range of activities and catch up with friends and neighbours.

Live music was provided by Dr Jazz and his band who serenaded the crowds as they enjoyed the games and friendly competitions.

Activity stalls at Old School Field. Picture: Jeremy LongActivity stalls at Old School Field. Picture: Jeremy Long

A barbecue, bar and cake stall catered for hungry festival-goers throughout the day.

Welly wanging and a boules tournament were some of the highlights of the event.

Youngsters also split into girl and boy teams to battle it out in the hotly-contested tug-o-war competition.

Doctor Jazz at Festival In The Field. Picture: Jeremy LongDoctor Jazz at Festival In The Field. Picture: Jeremy Long

For the first time in the festival’s history, the Great Village Bake Off competition was introduced.

Prizes were awarded to the best victoria sponge baked by adults and best heatwave or unicorn-themed cupcakes made by children.

Old School Field will next be used by the civic society when it holds a fireworks display on November 5 at 8pm.

Doctor Jazz at Festival In The Field. Picture: Jeremy LongDoctor Jazz at Festival In The Field. Picture: Jeremy Long

Max Murray plays the game of skill. Picture: Jeremy LongMax Murray plays the game of skill. Picture: Jeremy Long

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