SMILES and laughter filled a Bognor Regis theatre as it came alive during a family fun week.
During half-term, The Regis Centre in Belmont Street was definitely the place to be as it held its Family Fun Festival 2014.
It was transformed into a community hub with fun and games for all the family.
After it’s runaway success the dedicated team of volunteers are already looking to host more in the future.
Mike Stevens, the centre’s manager said: “It has gone really well and I am really pleased and proud.
“It has allowed us to show the community what we do at the theatre. A lot of them had never been in before and we hope they will come back.
“There has been a great atmosphere and we have had hundreds through the door each day.
“The support and work of the volunteers has been vital. Without them we would not have a Regis Centre, they are so important and valued to us.”
Mr Stevens said the range of events on offer had been excellent.
“We really have had everything, from Zumba to tiny tots ballet. We have also been able to hold a storytime in Polish which has proved incredibly popular,” said Mr Stevens.
Creative youngsters have also been busy creating posters to help with a police community day being held in December.
This has included drawing some colourful baubles made to look like flags.
The posters were judged by local police officers with prizes for the best offerings.
Hazel Latus, the managing director of centre operator Arun Arts, said: “On behalf of Arun Arts I would like to thank centre manager Mike Stevens and the wonderful team of volunteers and staff at the Regis Centre for their great support during a special family fun half term week.
“It couldn’t have happened without them – they fully embraced the unknown in what was a first for us all.”
The volunteers made sure they got into the spirit of the festivities with many dressing up in some wonderful costumes, much to the delight of the youngsters.
Mrs Latus also thanked the many contributors who made sure everyone was well entertained throughout the week.
“It was great credit to superb team work. The footfall was amazing and far above expectations.”
The week was a first for the theatre, and they decided to put on the event to encourage residents and visitors to see what else the venue has to offer.
They also wanted to give local groups the chance to show-off their skills too.
For many, the fun started last Monday with face painting, storytime in English and Polish, dance showcases with The Wonder Girls, arts and crafts, a drumming session and behind the scenes tours.
There were also magic shows, plus theatre and dance show cases.
On Friday, the morning circus skills workshop was packed to the rafters as circus chaos took over.
Youngsters could have a go at juggling, walk on stilts and twist hoops.
Organisers also made sure the week ended on a high note with a performance of Care of Henry, an amusing tale which sees Hugo have to make a choice of who he and his loyal dog Henry should stay with while his mum has a baby.