All ready for the Big Picnic in the Valley Gardens

NADV 1206253 The Big Picnic. Preparing for the Big Picnic in the Valley Gardens are  at the back Andy Wilkinson, , David Hayes (President of Rotary Club of Harrogate),  Tony Hill(Rotary Club of Harrogate), Nicola Lunn (organiser) and Anna Kallevik(Proctor and Gamble) with at the front Evie Wilkinson(3), Charlie Wilkinson(6), Olivia Wilkinson(6), Harry Wilkinson(8), Laurence Connolly(Procter and Gamble) Walter Wood (20 months) and his mum Sarah Wood. (1206253AM)
NADV 1206253 The Big Picnic. Preparing for the Big Picnic in the Valley Gardens are at the back Andy Wilkinson, , David Hayes (President of Rotary Club of Harrogate), Tony Hill(Rotary Club of Harrogate), Nicola Lunn (organiser) and Anna Kallevik(Proctor and Gamble) with at the front Evie Wilkinson(3), Charlie Wilkinson(6), Olivia Wilkinson(6), Harry Wilkinson(8), Laurence Connolly(Procter and Gamble) Walter Wood (20 months) and his mum Sarah Wood. (1206253AM)

Picnickers are getting ready for a family feast in the Valley Gardens which will feature arts, crafts, entertainment and music.

A Giant Teapot Treasure Hunt is to be the main event at this year’s Big Picnic, to be held next Sunday, July 8, from 12 till 4pm.

And as the event draws ever nearer, organisers are getting ready for a family fun day which looks set to draw crowds of thousands.

The aim is to raise £10,000 for the children’s development centre at the district hospital.

“This is to create a sensory room to aid the physical and cognitive development of disabled children,” said one of the organisers, Kirsty Minshall.

“Key beneficiaries will be children with developmental difficulties, autism, children with visual impairment and other sensory difficulties.

“This addition to the children’s development centre will benefit more than 30 families in Harrogate every week.”

The Big Picnic, supported by the Rotary Club of Harrogate, the borough council and the Friends of Harrogate Hospital, will see Punch and Judy performances, fairground rides, a bouncy castle and face painting.

There will be live music from the Patchwork Jazz Collective and the Tewit Youth Band, as well as local bands featured by promoters Ont’ Sofa.

A variety of food and drink stalls will also be on sale, while Deano’s Graze and Grill is raffling a specially designed picnic hamper on the day.