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Seaside fun in the heart of Brentwood

16 Jul Seaside fun in the heart of Brentwood

The Baytree Shopping Centre, located in the heart of Brentwood is home to a new beach, set to be in place for the whole of the summer.

Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Councillor Chris Hossack officially opened The Baytree Beach.Using outdoor space to the front of the centre, a large 5m x 6m area has been transformed with tonnes of play sand, filled with buckets and spades and surrounded by deckchairs for parents to relax while watching their children enjoy sandcastle competitions and digging.

Free to attend, the taste of the seaside in the centre of the town is the first time such an event has been staged at The Baytree. Throughout the summer, there will be additional entertainment each Wednesday with Marvin the Monkey and Safari Suzie. Visitors can expect to enjoy party games, a mini disco and safari-themed games. Full details of each week’s schedule will be published on the centre’s Facebook page.

Upcoming events as part of ‘Wild Wednesdays’ are as follows:

21st July – Arts and crafts Get crafty with Suzie and make your own Jungle mask then build the best sandcastle judged by Marvin Monkey. Marvin Monkey will also be joining us for socially distanced pictures.

28th July – Mini Disco. Complete with party dances as well as a dance competition! Follow Marvin Monkeys dance routines, Safari Suzie top disco tips along with jungle & safari music. Times – 10am, 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm.

4th August –Biscuit Decorating & Buried Treasure. Alongside biscuit decorating & digging for the buried treasure in the sandpit, learn with Safari Suzie fun facts complete with bug and animal demonstration then ending with safari story time! Times: 10am, 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm.

11th August – Sports Day. With Judge Marvin Monkey on hand, come take part in our Sports day with all different sports day activities to win medals and prizes! With mini award ceremony at the end. Times: 10am, 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm.

18th August – Party Show. We’re talking a Jungle theme party dances, safari themed games with prizes, mini show performance with both characters throughout the day. Times: 10am, 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm.

Daniel Foley, Centre Manager said, “We are thrilled to welcome families to our free beach – it’s the summer of staycations so what could be better than having this right on your doorstep! We hope to see plenty of local faces enjoying the space and making the most of the beach and the centre through the summer. And don’t forget to grab that selfie!”

Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Councillor Chris Hossack commented: “In sync with Covid restrictions easing, it’s really great to see The Baytree Shopping Centre host its first event under the new recent ownership of Brentwood Borough Council. The community has really united over the past 18 months and I’m delighted to see so many families once again enjoying quality time together – which they can continue to do so here at Baytree’s free beach throughout the summer.”