Ringwood School was magically transformed into a fairytale fun palace for the town's under-five-year-olds.

The playday, held by fourth and fifth formers, included an assortment of climbing frames, tumbling mats and mini-trampolines loaned by local playgroups.

In the creative area, youngsters let their imaginations run riot with the help of paints, glue, nails and bits of wood.

Others were glued to the Tom and Jerry cartoons on show throughout the afternoon or had their noses in nursery books provided by Ringwood Library.

In the school grounds a mini animal farm featured Micky the donkey, Rusty the horse and three tiny piglets all belonging to school caretaker Bill Randall.

Parents seized the moment to enjoy a well-earned breather.

For mum there was a cookery demonstration as well as a fashion show. Dad's were also on to winner – the Grand National was shown in colour in the conference room.