THOUSANDS of families flocked to two towns this weekend as an outdoor festival of performances returned.

Audiences soaked up the sun and enjoyed a range of activities and performances organised as part of the free outdoor festival, Eastleigh Unwrapped.

Organised by The Point theatre, the event saw performances from The Puppet Van with The Lost Colour, Pif-Paf’s Seed and Dizzy O’Dare’s Giant Balloon Show.

Attendees were also able to interact with walkabout artists The Merry Maker, Vamos’s Crimpolene Crusaders and Folk Dance Remixed’s Ceilidh.

Activities on offer included woodcraft, face painting, a football challenge and teacup hats, and a family chill-out space.

Taking place at Leigh Road Recreation Ground on Saturday and Greta Park, Hedge End on Sunday, the event marked the end of the successful 2021 Summer Social programme at The Point.

Charlotte Hall, Creative Director at The Point Eastleigh, said: “So much fun was had at Unwrapped Festival over the weekend in both Eastleigh and, for the first time, in Hedge End.

“It was such a joy to see people of all ages involved, from dancing toddlers all the way up to one attendee who was 100, all thoroughly enjoying the shows and activities on offer.”

The Point Eastleigh is owned and operated by Eastleigh Borough Council.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Tonia Craig, said: “It was great to see so many people enjoying Unwrapped this year, especially after such a challenging period when opportunities to come together safely to see quality entertainment have been very thin on the ground.

2It was an inspired idea by the talented team at The Point to bring this popular event to two town centres in the Borough - and it was as well received in Hedge End as it was in Eastleigh.”