Miranda Jessop and her children pedal down to the Embankment for an enjoyable afternoon of two wheeled entertainment
The Embankment was transformed on Sunday 7th May as people of all ages gathered for Try Twickenham's third TryCycle free family fun day.
Children arrived on two wheels, ready to tackle the Grand Prix Cycle Track with a medal for everyone taking part. New this year was the amazing Mr Phoebus with his popular Penny Farthing rides and the chance to whizz up your very own bike smoothie as you cycled. As well as a pair of flamboyant stilt walkers and a talented balloon man, the Deputy Mayor and local candidates from the three main political parties were all seen mingling with the lively crowd. Liberal Democrat Vince Cable, Conservative Tania Mathias and Labour's newly selected Katherine Dunne were even brave enough to take a ride on a Penny Farthing.
Up in Diamond Jubilee Gardens, once again there were inspiring displays of BMX tricks and the opportunity for kids to try out some manoeuvres for themselves under the expert guidance of these highly skilled stunt riders. Around the garden, children and adults alike tested out their circus skills with hula hoops, wooden stilts and a mini tightrope while others enjoyed games of jumbo Connect 4 and table football. As well as having their faces painted, kids decorated gingerbread biscuits in the shape of a bicycle to raise money for Shooting Star children's hospice. Thanks to the local fire brigade and police force, little ones also had the chance to see inside a fire engine and a police car.
Anyone in need of refreshment could choose from a variety of tempting food and drink stalls, all run by local businesses. Mechanics from Twickenham's bike shops were also on hand for useful maintenance tips and the police were offering free bike security marking.
The TryCycle stage was a constant buzz of activity with demonstrations in Karate, Pilates, Hula Hooping, Circuit Classes, Boxing Fitness and Brazilian Martial Arts as well as taster classes in Lindy Hop, Swing Dance, Tap and Line Dancing. Throughout the afternoon, a live roadshow from Radio Jackie broadcast an entertaining mix of competitions, music and fun interviews making sure that everyone had a wheely good time.
A fabulous video from the team at Mr Pheobus showing the fun they had at TryCycle Twickenham. view here.