A Welcome, Rest and Play

The Royal Bath and West Show 2018

If you have ever been to the Bath and West Show you will know that you can spend hours walking around the hundreds of exhibitors and navigating your way past the Hot Tub, farm clothing and farm machinery stalls to get to the free cheese, sausage and cider samples. After your fill of these, it is off to see the incredible animals of all shapes and sizes before watching an array of exciting shows in the main arena.

What you really need after this is a place to sit down and rest, especially if you have children with you. This is where the Church Tent comes in, by offering a quiet place to sit and enjoy a free cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee. As well as this and the friendly welcome on offer the tent has a a creative play area where children can take a few moments break from the busy show.

This year, children’s worker Wendi Davis had organised some fantastic sensory play activities, crafts to try out and an chill area with books and cuddly toys. Everything was linked to the ‘Tree of Life’, the Church Tent theme for 2018. I got to work in the Church Tent on the Wednesday and there was a steady flow of people coming in all day. I helped in the children’s sensory play area with Dianne, Pauline and Mandy where we had a lot of fun interacting with families and about 25 children who all loved the activities. I was sat for almost an hour with a lovely young family who have recently had a difficult time, with family break-up and a move to Somerset. It was good to have the opportunity to chat with the young mum, and great to see her with her children as they played together and made pendants. It felt as if we were able to offer them some precious moments away from the hustle and bustle of the show and recent stresses.  For me, this was the perfect glimpse of ‘Church’ at its best.

Tony Cook
Assistant Director Youth and Children and Go Team Advisor for the Bath Archdeaconry.


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