A CARE home in Cirencester has gotten into the spirit of the festival season with its own event.

Ashley House in Trafalgar Road opened its doors to the community along with other Bupa care homes across the country.

Residents and staff donned flamboyant outfits synonymous with music festivals for the event, dubbed Bupa Fest.

Attendees were treated to entertainment from local artist Andy Marsden, a sausage and cider tasting and homemade food from the care home kitchen team.

Ashley House welcomes residents in need of nursing or residential care, including those who have Parkinson’s disease.

Commenting on the event, care home resident Denise Kellett, 69, said: “It was a fantastic day.

“I loved the music, and it was great watching the dancing and having a singalong.”

Kim Chivers, home manager at Ashley House, said: “We were delighted to welcome the local community, friends and families to join in our Bupa Fest event.

“It was a joyful day for all involved.

“Music carries a number of benefits including boosting mood, helping relaxation and stimulating memory.

“We’ve made lots of new memories and hopefully brought up some old, fond ones for our residents, reminiscing on their festival-going days.

“It’s our ambition to create events which foster a fun and engaging environment for our residents, and after the success of Bupa Fest, we’re looking forward to hosting further activities in the coming months.”