Around 300 people participated in activities with many more coming down to enjoy the lovely spring weather and atmosphere as Bowling Harbour hosted its annual Springfest event recently.

At the BHive hub, participants had the chance to have their face painted or have a go at canoeing, soft archery, garden games, biscuit decorating or even a spot of water zorbing.

Out at the beach and picnic area patchwork ponies offered rides and there was a colouring competition for the children, while down at the harbour activity stalls and stalls from Sustrans and the RSPB were set up.

Within Arch 8, local artists Peter Anderson and Andy Houston held an exhibition and open studio, and outside Scottish Canals showcased proposed plans for a new restaurant to be located within the site.

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Resident businesses already located at the harbour – Magic Cycles, Patons Parcels and Lodestone Creative – also got in on the action as they provided cycle maintenance, offers and workshops on the day.

Organisers were also delighted to see interest in the BHive Summer Adventure Camp.

Helena Huws, head of destination development at Scottish Canals, said: “Springfest marked the opening of the activity hub for the season at Bowling Harbour, with lots of families coming along to try the outdoor activities.

“Thanks to Lodestone Creative for their partnership in the event, and to the resident Bowling Harbour businesses and local artists who helped make Springfest a great event for all. We are delighted with the turn out and hope to welcome families back to Bowling for fun-filled days throughout the summer.”