The inaugural #MyWestminster Day is taking place on Sunday 18th June at Paddington Recreation Ground, with a programme of free events and family friendly activities.
The idea to bring local people together was the brainchild of former youth MP Hamza Taouzzale and has been championed by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Nickie Aiken as a key part of the Council’s City for All vision.
The event will celebrate the diversity of Westminster’s special neighbourhoods and people, whilst at the same time recognising all that unites everyone as one community in the heart of London. Free transport will be available from across Westminster.
There will be free food tasters from around the world and live entertainment from Ebony Steel Band, Rosie Holloway, The Blend Choir and the Time Loves quintet amongst others.
Sporting activities include beat the goalie, quick feet challenge and other football taster sessions run by QPR in the Community; there will also be tennis coaching, bowls, a parkour course and bungee trampolines. Additional highlights include face-painting, storytelling, plant potting, free bike checks and repairs, and free dog microchipping.
Sunday 18th June is Father’s Day, so there will be a special father’s day card making stand and a Father’s Day race.
All activities will be free and the event will also provide an opportunity to put people in contact with community groups and local councillors. MyWestminster Day coincides and is complementing the Great Get Together, a national event where neighbours get together as part of a UK wide celebration of everything we have in common in memory of Jo Cox MP.
Cllr Nickie Aiken, leader of Westminster City Council, said: “I am so pleased to be announcing the very first MyWestminster day. We are looking forward to seeing as many people there as possible so we can have a really fun day together, to celebrate our unique and diverse city.
“Monday's horrific atrocity in Manchester, the recent Westminster Bridge attack and incidents across Europe means that there has never been a more important time for every one of us to come together as a strong and united community.”
Hamza Taouzzale, Westminster’s former youth MP, said: “I am really excited to see people of all different walks of life, cultures and faiths coming together to celebrate the role we all play in making Westminster a special place to live.
“Now more than ever it is so important to have a sense of cohesion and diversity at the very heart of our Westminster community.”
Food tent with free tasting food from across the world
Entertainment from live acts on the bandstand
Football tasters with QPR in the Community
Father’s Day card making
Storytelling and dancing book sessions
Create a community painting with local artist Richard Heley
Westminster cycle station offering bike checks and repairs with Dr Bike
Fitness challenge with Everyone Active
Free tennis with a coach on hand
Bowls and walking football
Pond dipping in the environmental area
Chinese Lion dancing
Dance classes with Open Age
Plus lots more