Hoylake Community Centre Easter Party

Hours of Fun stall headed to the Easter party taking place at the Hoylake Community Centre the other Saturday to set up a table making lanterns from milk bottles.

The party was a first for the centre as they normally do a Halloween party and after receiving lots of enquiries they decided to run an Easter one too and it was a fantastic success with a great turn out.  There was a disco, face painting, tattoos, tuck shop and lots more.  For the adults there was wine, tea, coffee and cake and of course available to the children was the Hours of Fun make and take stall.

As part of the Easter Party the Festival of Firsts was putting on a lantern parade.  Over the last few weeks people have been busy making lanterns at Whizz Kids out of school club, Williamson Art Gallery and St Johns Church Meols.  For those people coming to the party without a lantern they could sit down at the Hours of Fun table and get crafting.

The lanterns are made from empty plastic milk bottles, covered in tissue paper.  We then popped a glow stick inside and hey presto – a lantern was created!

The table did not stop all night and was busy as bees making lots of fantastic lanterns.  Sadly as I was so busy at the table I didn’t managed to get many photos of the lanterns so I have included in the gallery below some photos from the lantern making session at the Whizz Kids out of school club and included some of the photos from the Williamson Art Gallery of the amazing willow lanterns made.  I have also included some photos I took of the view from the centre during the day as it is a beautiful location.


Festival of Firsts fair at the Community Centre

I am a little behind on my blogging, so time to catch up this week, starting with the second day of the Festival of Firsts last month.  After our fun on the milk float the Hours of Fun stall headed to Hoylake community centre to set up the badge making stall in the garden, next to the bouncy castle provided by Wirral Bouncy Castles Hire

It started out quiet which gave us the opportunity to have a go on the bouncy castle which is always a lot of fun!  There was lots going on around Hoylake throughout the day which I believe may have spread out the visitors and locals who were out and about, however we had a steady flow of people and some fantastic badges were made by all ages, from 2 years of age up to adults.  I also got to use my new banners again which looked fab on the railing and hung up behind the stall.


Fun at The Festival of Firsts in Hoylake on a milk float!

Hours of Fun have been speaking with Claire House about working with them and they brought to my attention The Festival of Firsts.  I contacted the organisers to find out if we could get involved and were asked if we would decorate a milk float – the answer straight away was yes!

We arrived at Morton Diaries in Hoylake around 10am on Saturday morning and set to work decorating the milk float.  We had balloons, banners, backdrops, superheros, pirates, felt kites, butterflies and monsters made from empty milk bottles.  When we had finished it looks fab – bright and colourful which is exactly what Hours of Fun is all about!

We jumped on the back of the float and headed to the start of the parade.  When we arrived we had to do some emergency fixing of some decorations which had fallen down along the way and we had lost 3 of the 4 milk bottle monsters.  Then the organiser Barbara arrived on her milk float and they had collected 2 of the fallen monsters on their journey over!

We joined the parade along with lots of different bicycles and tricycles, a Blackpool pleasure beach bus and other wonderful parade goers.  We waved all the way round and got lots of waves back.  We had a cow in the passenger seat of the milk float which everyone loved as we passed them.

We had a fantastic time, it was an extremely fun yet random Saturday adventure!


RNLI Hoylake and West Kirby Open Day craft and face painting fun

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Hours of fun headed down to Hoylake promenade on Bank Holiday Monday with our craft tent and set up for, what was hoped to be a fantastic fun day in the sun and it did not disappoint.

The sun was shinning, the sky was blue, the stalls were setting up, along with the fun fair and armed forces setting up camp, the Zumba girls had arrived and the kite flyers were due to make an appearance later on.  We also had the Spitfire showing off its flying tricks and the lifeboats were on display.

The face painting started around 10.30am and the queue did not stop until late afternoon, when it slowed down as people headed home for tea after a fun packed day.  My friends Jo and Charlie had volunteered to help out for the day and they were super stars.  They worked so hard, face painting all day long, entertaining the children (and some adults) and created amazing designs from Spiderman to butterflies, dragons to LFC badges.

The craft tent welcomed children to sit down and get crafting, making some spectacular sea creatures, using glitter bits, pipe cleaners, pom poms, colouring in, glue, stickers and what ever else they could find in the craft tent.  The feedback on the craft tent was fantastic, it makes me so happy to see children so content playing with crafts and some of the parents got involved too helping with the glue or providing suggestions on the design.

It was an amazing day and we all had a lot of fun.  There was a fantastic turn out and the RNLI have raised lots of money from the event.  We made a donation to the RNLI as a thank you for having us for the day and we hope the money raised makes a fantastic difference for the brilliant service they provide.