THE ‘Big Free weekend’ at Lochore Meadows Country Park was hailed a success as the the Benarty facility welcomed over 300 visitors who enjoyed a free taster session of the activities included in this year’s programme.

Outdoor activities available in the park have been extended this year, giving visitors much more choice. These range from Mountain Bike Hire to Watersports such as SUP(Stand Up Paddle Boards) and Sailing, and plenty fun was had over the weekend as visitors tried these out for free.

Convener of the Cowdenbeath Area Committee Cllr Linda Erskine, who herself tried out archery, speaking of the open weekend said: “I’m thrilled that so many people took the opportunity to try these new activities.

"The range of things to do at the Meadows is incredible and to have this on our doorstep is just amazing.

“The team at Lochore Meadows and the Outdoor Education Centre work hard to offer us a top quality experience all year round and I know they have more ideas and improvements planned. A big thanks to the local community who care so much about our Meedies too, without them the park wouldn’t be what it is today.”

Cllr Judy Hamilton, convener of the Council’s Community & Housing Services Committee, added: “We want everyone to have access to good quality public greenspace as well as a range of physical activities, and what’s now on offer at Lochore Meadows certainly gives the people just that. "It’s clear to see why the park achieved their four star visitor attraction award from Visit Scotland last year.

“With more people using these types of spaces for physical activity, it’s great to see Lochore Meadows continue to make improvements for the thousands of people who enjoy it each week.

"The park also offers affordable, accessible opportunities and the ability to participate in physical activities which helps improve the health and well being of all people across Fife.”

The weather was a little mixed on the Saturday for the event with some heavy showers but good on the Sunday.