Forget Glastonbury - first ever Meadowfest is a massive success!

Krzysztof Baumgarten performing on stage with Robins class

Krzysztof Baumgarten performing on stage with Robins class - Credit: Archant

Whilst Glastonbury celebrated one of its sunniest years at the weekend, Meadowgate Academy in Wisbech held its first festival – and raised £800 at the same time.

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

The money, which was raised on the Saturday, will go towards funding specialist equipment, trips and residential visits for all the pupils.

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

Staff transformed the academy into “a festival of fun where pupils could bounce and tumble on numerous inflatables, have their face painted and have a go at games like splat the rat and hook a duck or pose in the photo booth,” said organiser Emma Bird.

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

“The pupils were surprised by an appearance from Spiderman and Paw Patrol, whilst for pupils with sensory needs, the inflatable disco dome proved popular and an assortment of sensory experiences awaited them in the specially made beach area which everyone enjoyed.

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

“Because the event was spread across the whole academy site, every pupil took part as they had the space to find their own level of enjoyment.”

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant


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There was also the grand final of the Meadowfest’s Got Talent competition, which was won by sixth form act Evolution of Dance.

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

Visiting groups from Churchill Park special school in King’s Lynn and FACET in March also joined in the festivities throughout the day.

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

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Emma added: “We were also treated to a performance from a singer called Jessica who brought a touch of class to proceedings. “The pupils had a fantastic day, their smiles and excitement were infectious and many magic memories were made.

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

“The weather stayed dry, which allowed the various music and dance acts including Big Phil and the Heartbreakers, Studio 24/7, Dark Surrender and Steffany’s Adele tribute act to provide a fabulous backdrop of quality music.

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

“There were plenty of stalls including Cambs Fire & Rescue and the hog roast was excellent. The PTA provided a cake stall and we were supported by a Macmillan stand.

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

“Parents and children had a great time in the beach area; paddling, making sandcastles or just watching it all from the deckchairs.

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

“This spectacular event would not have been possible without the support, time, resources and generosity given by so many.”

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

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Meadowfest - Credit: Archant

Big Phil and the Heartbreakers played on Saturday

Big Phil and the Heartbreakers played on Saturday - Credit: Archant

The judging panel for Meadowfest’s Got Talent: Head teacher Jackie McPherson, PTA chair Sally Chestn

The judging panel for Meadowfest’s Got Talent: Head teacher Jackie McPherson, PTA chair Sally Chestnutt, finance officer Andrea Scott, FACET manager Kris Harrold and a representative from Churchill Park School - Credit: Archant

Evolution of Dance, class 6D winners of the Meadowfest’s Got Talent

Evolution of Dance, class 6D winners of the Meadowfest’s Got Talent - Credit: Archant

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