Thousands visit Burbage Common open day

Children maypole dancing in the sunshine

Published Monday, 13 May 2019

Thousands of visitors packed Burbage Common for the 25th annual open day on Sunday (12 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 event, organised by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, made the most of the natural environment with workshops, demonstrations - including falconry, bee keeping and bird box making - plus Morris dancers, maypole dancing, crafts and other outdoor activities to entertain the thousands of 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 and 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.

A spokesman for the council said:

Thanks to everyone who came along on Sunday, it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the Common and all of the activities on offer; we hope everyone had a great day out. Our grateful thanks also go to the many exhibitors and stallholders who help to make this such a varied and popular event every year.