Learn the ropes at Letchworth Festival’s big Sporting Weekend

Letchworth Festival's Di and Eric Adkins.

Letchworth Festival's Di and Eric Adkins. - Credit: Archant

The second weekend of the Letchworth Festival will see people being encouraged to get active in the community.

After a barnstorming Grand Opening Parade, pictured left, the focus is now even more so on getting the public involved, with the Sports Weekend making its first festival outing on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday Letchworth Sports and Tennis Club is celebrating its 10th anniversary with plenty of free activities including tennis and helter skelter from 11am until 5pm.

Letchworth Fitness is also getting in on the action at the Muddy Lane club by putting on challenges such as the tug of war, spinning, boxercise and gladiator jousting.

You can limber up for the day of fun – depending on fitness levels – with a 5k run with North Herts Road Runners at 9am, £2 entries for which will be taken on the day.

Intrigued flat-shoed wearing punters can also try their hand at croquet with free taster sessions at Letchworth Croquet Club from midday until 3.30pm.

On Sunday morning you can play nine holes for half price at the Par 3 Family Golf in Willian Way, the club which has been home to many Letchworth Festival meetings in the run up to the fortnight.

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To prove the volunteer-run festival is really covering all bases you can enjoy a free session at Active Karate Hertfordshire from 10am until 11am, try out at Ickleford Squash club from 11am and paddle up for an evening with Baldock and District Canoe Club from 8pm.

Festival chairman Eric Adkins said: “None of the festival would be possible without the co-ordination and commitment of the volunteers.

“It is vital that more volunteers come on board to make the festival bigger and better next year.”

Tomorrow afternoon the town’s wheelchair dancing group – now called Inclusivity to stress the fact that it is open to all ages, whether you are disabled or not – will be running 15-minute taster sessions at the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living from 2pm until 4pm.

As well as offering tea and cake, the sessions are geared at keeping fit, making friends, improving your balance and having fun.

There will also be a walk around the 13.6-mile Greenway from 9.30am until 4.30pm tomorrow, meeting at Radwell Meadows car park on Nortonbury Lane.

For those without their sufficient fix of frenetic fun over the weekend, you can start your week on Monday with a five to six mile walk through Weston parish with an optional full English breakfast at The Cricketers to follow.

Walkers should meet at Weston village pond at 5.30am.

For more information visit www.letchworthfestival.org.