London’s first family-friendly aqua obstacle event makes a splash!
Thousands of families enjoyed SPLASH FEST in Battersea Park today (Sunday 7 August).
lifesaving charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the event saw the park
transformed into London’s first family-friendly aqua obstacle course, featuring five zones of
water-themed challenges and games over a 2.5km trail – as well as a lively
Families conquered slides, foam, water spouts and more! At Crazy Canyon there was a series of inflatable pools to cross, using a combination of fun floating devices, plus a giant inflatable water slide; at Splash ‘n’ Shoot participants navigated a giant boat before taking aim at floating targets on the lake; in Wild Wild Waters, they dodged geyser-spouting waters; Slip-Slide Stream featured the slipperiest toboggan-style water slides, from fast and foamy to more sedate and slippy, and finally at Bubbly Brook giant bubbles, a maze, music and a bandstand were marooned in a sea of foam.
The event village – the Splash Out Zone – was another highlight, with entertainment, food and drink, and of course a drying-off area, as well as plenty of ways to find out more about the RNLI’s lifesaving work.
Lauren Pincott, from event organisers the RNLI, says:
‘Splash Fest has been a
first for London and a first for the RNLI, and we’re so pleased to say it has
been a huge success! In just one day, thousands of people have had a great
family day out, conquering fantastic, fun, water-based obstacles and then chilling
out the event village to dry off, soak up the atmosphere, and enjoy some games
‘We hope everyone who
joined us has gone home with some great memories and has also found out a bit
more about the lifesaving work of the RNLI and picked up some top tips for
staying safe around water this summer.’
In London, the charity provides a search and rescue service to any point within the tidal reaches of the River Thames. There are three London lifeboat stations, namely Tower, Chiswick and Teddington. Most of the RNLI’s lifeboats at its 237 stations around the UK and Ireland are operated by volunteers but, at Tower and Chiswick, full-time lifeboat crews work 12-hour shifts to ensure this on-call commitment on the River Thames in the heart of the capital. They are backed up by many volunteers. There are over 150 dedicated crew members on the Thames, ready to serve London 24 hours a day, every day.
Splash Fest is organised by the RNLI. Any profits will help support the charity’s lifesaving work. Anyone interested in attending Splash Fest 2017 can register their interest at splashfest.co.uk.
NOTES TO EDITORS
· Photos from the day are attached. Please credit RNLI/Dale Harper. The images can be downloaded from RNLI.org/news.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.