22 May 2017

An expanded health and wellbeing zone at this year’s 41st Luton Carnival will help the town’s biggest party go with a swing.

Trust staff have partnered with 18 organisations to provide a huge range of free activities as part of the huge celebration which attracts crowds of 25,000.

The carnival takes place on the streets surrounding Wardown Park and includes a spectacular parade featuring amazing costumes and street dancers.

This year’s festivities are taking place between 12-6pm on Sunday 28 May.

Highlights of the zone, which will be in Wardown park, include:

·         A chance to win a £50 Mall voucher at the LGBT Links stall

·         Fruit kebabs for healthy living at the Live Well Luton stall

·         Music 24 stall with drumming, jamming and song writing

·         Our Minds Matter stall

·         Giant children’s games, face painting and mindfulness at the Luton Wellbeing Service stall

·         Active Luton offering football on the tennis courts, Zumba, body blitz and tug-of-war

·         Break the Stigma campaign will talk to carnival revellers about their perceptions of mental health

·         Food stalls

There will be a timetable of activities and event for people visiting the zone and at 5pm there will be a Mannequin challenge and a mass ‘Candy’ dance on the carnival community stage led by the health and wellbeing zone.

Gail Dearing from ELFT, who has coordinated the health and wellbeing zone, said: “We had an amazing response from people at last year’s carnival and our zone will be even bigger and better for this year’s event.

“We have food, activities and partners from organisations across the town who will ensure the zone is vibrant, engaging and fun for everyone who visits.

“We will be promoting how to stay fit and well physically and mentally through a host of great activities.

“If you are visiting the carnival make sure you come to the health and wellbeing zone. We would love to see you.”