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Summer fun set to blossom at Roundwood Garden Centre!

Hundreds of visitors are expected to flock to Roundwood Garden Centre & Café next month for the popular free Family Fun Day at the Essex Cares run Work Based Training centre for adults with learning disabilities.

The packed line-up for the day includes sideshows, craft stalls and refreshments along with entertainment from local choir Vocal Reflections and Dance 21 - a dance group for young people with Down’s Syndrome and their families, made famous by Sky One’s ‘Got to Dance’. 

The Family Fun Day will also feature dog obedience displays, a Lions Club road train tour of the grounds and the ever-popular Vintage Tea Tent.  For more active visitors, there will be go-karts and zorbing to enjoy.  The centre is used by adults with learning disabilities to gain work experience and training in catering, customer service and horticulture. Many of the trainees are busy preparing and preening plants and produce to sell at the Family Fun Day.

Karen Canny, Essex Cares Operations Manager, said: “Our annual Family Fun Day is a wonderful day out for all of the family and a great chance to not only enjoy the activities on offer, but also to come along and see what we do at the centre.”

“The trainees have worked extremely hard tending to the plants in our greenhouse and allotments and preparing for the event and we are extremely proud of what they have achieved.”

Essex Cares has 16 Work Based Training sites across the county providing work experience within a fully functioning business to enable trainees to gain skills and confidence to enhance their opportunities for employment in the future.

Essex Cares helps over 100,000 people annually in the county to live independent lives, providing innovative services and the latest technologies. For more information about the Roundwood Garden Centre & Café or Essex Cares services, visit