Keeping fit at Festiwell

Tuesday, 11 July, 2017

From running to gardening and from working out to eating in there were lots of ways to stay healthy at a new event run in Four Marks on Sunday.

Festiwell, run by East Hampshire District Council and Four Marks Parish Council, featured lots of ways to look after your mind, body and soul.

Held on Four Marks Recreation Ground, Festiwell was packed with activities to try, sports to play, healthy food to eat and a lots of ways to help us stay fitter for longer.

Cllr Ingrid Thomas, councillor for Four Marks, initiated the event.

She said: “We all need to do more to keep ourselves healthy but it doesn’t have to be a chore.

“Festiwell showed us there are lots of affordable, accessible ways to keep in good health right on our doorstep.

“I was delighted to see so many people turn up on the day and I hope they left with lots of positive ideas about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

"We have had lots of feedback already from people who went to the event said how brilliant it was. It's so lovely to see people enjoying themselves together as a community.”

Local clubs and groups set up stalls across the site to offer information and advice and Alton Runners organised several races during the day, including a 10k, 4k, 1k and 100m sprint.

A sports taster zone gave people a chance to have a go at new sports such as archery, hockey and bowls.

The Rural Areas Play Project offered fun and games for younger children while older kids had the chance to get some basketball coaching from Get Activ8d.

Beside the sport and exercise there was plenty on offer for those looking for mental as well as physical wellbeing.

Those attending could find out more about mindfulness and alternative therapies while community groups such as Alton Acupuncture and Alton Community Centre were on hand to talk to people.