Great holiday days out for the family

Classic cars like this old Morris were popular in attendance
Classic cars like this old Morris were popular in attendance

CROWDS turned out across the region to watch sporting events, see classic cars and enjoy paintings by local artists during a busy Bank Holiday weekend.

Jet Ski riders made waves on the main lake at Rother Valley Country Park, where an international event attracted competitors from across the world.

Spectators saw European and UK champions speed across the water in a variety of exciting classes during the second round of the British Jet Ski Championships.

Alan Pickard, from the Sheffield and District Jet Ski Club, said it was ‘brilliant’ that the event was taking place at the country park.

He said: “It’s great for competitors to race at a local venue.”

Meanwhile, classic motors of all shapes and sizes were on display in the grounds of a South Yorkshire stately home.

Owners had brought along vehicles ranging from early 20th century convertibles to original Volkswagen camper vans, sports cars and motorbikes. The Autojumble event was held at Wentworth Woodhouse, between Rotherham and Barnsley.

As well as being able to admire each others’ vehicles, enthusiasts could get their hands on spare parts and swap tips on restoring their cars, vans and bikes.

They could also browse stalls of motoring literature, tools, brochures and workshop manuals. Visitors were also able to get a bird’s eye view of the local countryside by taking helicopter rides.

The event attracted people from across the country after words spread through classic vehicle websites and trade publications.

Works by talented local artists went on show at the Chesterfield Art Club’s annual exhibition, at Ashover Parish Hall.

The exhibition gives members a chance to display and sell their pictures, and artists submitted pieces in a variety of different styles.

Clive Almond entered a nostalgic sketch depicting a horse-drawn tram on West Bars in Chesterfield, while Christine Deakin had prepared a selection of attractive watercolours.

The club is now in its 80th year, and holds weekly meetings as well as regular outdoor painting days.