More than 600 people attended Newtown Summer Fayre on Saturday, creating a festival-like atmosphere as local talent and opportunities in and around the town were showcased.

The successful event, co-hosted by Open Newtown and Oriel Davies on the gallery green, delivered a day full of creativity, curiosity and connection. 

A highlight for many was the Rinky Dink bicycle powered sound system, a legendary part of Glastonbury and many other festivals over the years.

Rinky Dink meandered around the green space showcasing its eco-conscious design whilst filling the ears of attendees with music throughout the day.

The event was attended by all ages, an opportunity for families in the community to enjoy a day filled with free, exciting activities, workshops and music.

People were welcomed and encouraged to engage with their green spaces and learn about local artists, upcoming projects and to try something new whilst being able to hang out with friends, old and new.

Local community groups and organisations which brought stalls and activities included Weaving Wild, Queen of the Cranx , National Theatre Wales, Small World Puppetry, Peddle Emporium, The Textile Junkies to name but a few. Stwff and Things and Hummingbird Food provided delicious refreshments.

Positive feedback included this comment by Moyra Aston: “A real buzz on the field this morning – well done to the organisers for such a bright festive atmosphere.” Sadie Ella added: “‘Absolutley fantastic family day and all workshops were free. Thank you to all those involved.”

Jeremy Meade, Open Newtown’s project manager, said: “It was such a pleasure seeing so many happy faces lit-up, and watching our community really getting stuck in with the activities on offer.”

The Summer Fayre was organised by Open Events, a partnership project between Oriel Davies and Open Newtown. The project is supported by the Welsh Government’s Enabling Natural Resources and Well-being (ENRaW) Scheme.

ENRaW supports the development and delivery of projects that make clear links between improving the resilience of our natural resources and well-being.

Funding is provided through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government until June 2023.