Biggest ever turn out at Burbage Common Open Day

Children with two adults in full protective outfits for collecting honey from bee nests. One child and Deputy Mayor of Hincklkey and Bosworth, Jan Kirby holding a insert from hive with honey

Published Tuesday, 15 May 2018

More visitors than ever before enjoyed a fun-filled day at Burbage Common’s 24th annual open day, which was held on Sunday (13 May).

A marquee transformed the area around the visitors centre at the Leicester Road entrance, accommodating a number of stalls including craft and charity stalls and local and national environmental charities.

The free event, organised by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, made the most of the natural environment with workshops, demonstrations (falconry, bee keeping, bird box making and so forth), Morris dancers, maypole dancing, crafts and other outdoor activities to entertain the estimated 13,000 visitors who came along.

Among the attractions was a dog show with various classes including:

  •  Best puppy (under six months)
  • Best veteran (over seven years),
  • Most handsome dog,
  • Prettiest bitch
  • Best small dog
  • Best large dog 
  • Dog with the waggiest tail

Pond dipping and den building were also on offer throughout the day, as well as displays of maypole dancing and cheerleading.

There were demonstrations of traditional countryside crafts including wood turning, while Hinckley Archaeological Society were present to help identify any unusual finds such as fossils, broken pottery, small pieces of metal or coins. There was also a farmers’ market area and many other food and refreshments stalls.

Cllr Mark Nickerson Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, who attended with two of his grandchildren said: “It was a fantastic day out. Thanks to everyone who came along on Sunday, it was the best attended event ever with an estimate in excess of 13,000 visitors.  Despite some delays experienced in car parking, for which we apologise, we hope everyone had a really great day out.  Parking arrangements will be reviewed for next year.”