Published Friday, 22nd April 2016

Reigate & Banstead's Festival of Sport, held in Reigate’s Priory Park and taking place on Sunday 1 May, promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Organised by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council with support from Reigate & Banstead Sports Council, the festival takes place from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

“The Festival of Sport gives people the opportunity to meet their local sports clubs and have a go at a variety of sports, from croquet to boxing and everything in between. We’d like residents to know about how the many local sports clubs and groups can help them keep healthy and active,” explains Emma Parnell, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Sports and Leisure Development Officer. “If you are looking for a new sport to try out, come along and see what’s available. The festival is completely free and everyone is welcome. Around thirty sports clubs are taking part, offering demonstrations and free activities. We’ll also have activities like bungee trampolines, so there will be plenty to keep the whole family entertained.”

The Festival of Sport takes place alongside the YMCA Fun Run, organised by YMCA East Surrey. The races start and finish in the park and include routes for adults and a one mile route for children from age five to 16.

Ian Burks, YMCA East Surrey's Chief Executive said: “The Fun Run is all about promoting physical activity, especially amongst children and those new to exercise. Last year we had a record 1,600 entries and this year we would like even more. Age and ability don't matter - there is a race suitable for everyone! All proceeds will go towards a new YMCA Inclusive Sports Facility that we are planning to build at Princes Road and which will be a centre of excellence for disability sport and exercise referral.”

For more information about the fun run or to book your place, visit

For more information about who is taking part in the festival and to download the programme, visit the Festival of Sport page.