Crowds set for Big Picnic

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)

A family fun day in the Valley Gardens looks set to draw crowds of thousands this weekend.

The ever-popular Big Picnic, which raises funds for children’s services at Harrogate Hospital, is to return to Harrogate on Sunday afternoon, from 12 to 4pm.

There will be Punch and Judy performances, fairground rides, a bouncy castle and face painting. The Patchwork Jazz Collective will be performing as well as the Tewit Youth Band and local bands.

Organiser Kirsty Minshall said the highlight this year is to be a Giant Tea Pot Treasure Hunt, supported by Rapture Art.

“They have kindly produced gigantic tea pots and tea cups to promote the event,” she said.

“So it really will be a magical Tea Pot Treasure Hunt!”

The aim is to raise £10,000 for the children’s development centre at the district hospital, which will help those with developmental difficulties, autism and visual impairment, as well as other difficulties.

There will be craft stalls and a variety of food and drink available, although families are encouraged to take a picnic for the day.