ORGANISERS of this month’s Active Trowbridge Festival have hailed its success as ‘absolutely magical’ after the event attracted more than 10,000 people.

The one-day Active Festival returned to the town park after a three-year break because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event is free to the community and provides access to a variety of opportunities including, roller rinks, human table football, climbing wall and a wide variety of sports provided by local sports clubs.

Trowbridge mayor, Cllr Graham Hill, also took part, enjoying the park yoga and surfing on the simulator during the festival on July 9.

Hayley Bell, Head of Leisure and Information Services at Trowbridge Town Council, said the Active Trowbridge Team had once again showed what an asset they are to the town.

“To see the community come together again after three challenging years was overwhelming. With the cost of living increasing for all and the pressure this puts on families. For Trowbridge Town Council to provide a free event to our community is vital.”

Cllr Mel Jacob added: “This is a great free community event that brought people together as a community and especially after Covid – I know we are all fed up with Covid but the reality is that the community has been deprived of these big events for a long time, well at least without masks and restrictions etc).

“As a councillor, I believe offering these big events for the town are so important as they give all residents a chance to try this huge range of sporting activities.

“In addition, so many local clubs were represented and had a chance to showcase what they offer and get new members and participants.

“Trowbridge has so much to offer so having these events helps raise the profile of the great things to do in the area.  Sport and activity are so important for our physical and mental health – we really remembered this during Covid.”

Groups taking part in the festival included members of the Trowbridge Rugby Club women’s team, the West Wiltshire Gymnastics Club, the Devizes Volleyball Club, the Wiltshire Outdoor Learning team’s archery group, and the Ladies Boxing Club from the Contender Gym in Melksham.

Active Trowbridge is providing a free sports roadshow in Trowbridge Park every Friday in the summer holidays and the council’s community events officer Vicky Spriggs is organising the Uniform Services Day on Saturday, September 10.

Active Trowbridge is now looking forward to welcoming visitors back on July 8 2023. To attend, contact