THERE will be dancing among the flower beds and pony rides beside the vegetable patches this weekend as a popular East Oxford tradition returns.

Children dressed in colourful outfits, fresh food, live music and stallholders from dozens of good causes will join thousands of revellers at the Elder Stubbs Festival on Saturday.

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The quirky community celebration, which is back for the 29th time, is organised jointly by group Restore and the Elder Stubbs Charity Allotments.

Held at the Elder Stubbs Allotments it is designed to raise awareness of mental health and encourages visitors to meander through its assortment of activities and attractions, always including space for people to relax.


Every year Restore members decide the theme of the festival and this time it will be the vibrant sunshine hues of yellow that brighten the Rymers Lane community space.

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Lesley Dewhurst, chief executive of Restore, said “We’re over the moon that the Elder Stubbs Festival is returning for another year.

"The festival is a great way to tackle stigma, encourage anyone who needs it to access recovery, and support our service users to put on a fantastic show!"