Duston Fun Day is making its annual return after ‘biggest year yet’ in 2023 – and here’s what you can expect

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Duston Fun Day is making its annual return at the end of the month, after the “biggest year yet” in 2023.

The event, planned from 11am until 4pm on June 30, will take place on St Luke’s Playing Field and entry is free to this family day out.

The well-attended fun day has been organised by Duston Parish Council since 2018, with a break during the pandemic, and community events officer Sarah Percival has been involved since 2019.

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“It’s always well-received and gets positive comments,” said Sarah. “People travel from outside Duston. Last year we had visitors from Hartwell and Roade who said they wish they had something similar.

The event, planned from 11am until 4pm on June 30, will take place on St Luke’s Playing Field and entry is free to this family day out.The event, planned from 11am until 4pm on June 30, will take place on St Luke’s Playing Field and entry is free to this family day out.
The event, planned from 11am until 4pm on June 30, will take place on St Luke’s Playing Field and entry is free to this family day out.

“It brings extra people into Duston and the businesses get noticed as they pass through.

“It’s grown year on year and last year was the biggest yet. Everything from Covid had calmed down and everyone said let’s have a really nice day out. It blows us away that so many people come to support.”

This year there will be a makers and community marquee, filled with handmade items from local businesses, a variety of other stalls, circus skills, crazy golf, a world food zone, the emerging DJ Archie, face painting, a tai-chi demo and a bouncy castle.

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There will be plenty to choose from in the world food zone, including Jamaican and Italian cuisine and typical crowd pleasers burgers and hotdogs, among other options.

There will be a makers and community marquee, filled with handmade items from local businesses, a variety of other stalls, circus skills, crazy golf, a world food zone, the emerging DJ Archie, face painting, a tai-chi demo and a bouncy castle.There will be a makers and community marquee, filled with handmade items from local businesses, a variety of other stalls, circus skills, crazy golf, a world food zone, the emerging DJ Archie, face painting, a tai-chi demo and a bouncy castle.
There will be a makers and community marquee, filled with handmade items from local businesses, a variety of other stalls, circus skills, crazy golf, a world food zone, the emerging DJ Archie, face painting, a tai-chi demo and a bouncy castle.

The organisers like to “keep it as local as they possibly can” and create a platform to showcase what is on offer among the Duston community.

As well as it being a fun day out, lots of money is raised for charity through the generous donations of visitors.

This year, the crazy golf is being run by the Scouts and the crockery smash by the Boys Brigade. A donation must be made to take part, which will be invested back into these community groups.

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More than an impressive £2,000 was raised for local charities at last year’s Duston Fun Day.

“It’s just lovely and there’s such a feel-good vibe,” said Sarah, who is always taken aback by how many people turn up to support others at the annual event.

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