A ROMSEY care home opened its doors to the community with splashes of colour and activities to mark a national open day.

Abbotswood Court Care Home, Minchin Road, celebrated this year's National Care Home Open Day by bringing together residents of all ages to enjoy activities, such as pottery and stone painting in the garden with music, games and two magical stilt walkers.

There was also a caricaturist at the event who mingled with the guests and provided comical portraits for everyone to take home.

The day is designed to encourage nearby residents to visit care homes in their community and to work together to develop better relationships.

General manager at the home, Gemma Ridout Bowden, said: "This is a great way to showcase the excellent facilities and fantastic work that goes on at Abbotswood Court.

"Some people still have misconceptions about care homes so we are keen to dispel any myths and for people to come and have a look around, meet the staff and speak to our residents who enjoy regular activities, events and days out.

"We cater for people living with and without dementia and are so proud of the wonderful environment and excellent care for which we are so well known."

The care home acts as a community hub with its coffee mornings taking place every Thursday and regular events, such as the recent art festival.

The Romsey Mayor, councillor Janet Burnage attended the event on June 28 along with families who were also offered a tour of the home.