All set for Big Picnic family fun day in the Valley Gardens

Preparations are underway for the annual Harrogate Big Picnic which will see thousands of people gather in the Valley Gardens for a family fun day.

The event, on Sunday July 7, will help raise money for life-saving equipment at Harrogate Hospital’s children’s ward.

Entry is free and there will be activities from face-painting and fairground rides to bands and a hog roast.

“Not only is the day about everyone enjoying themselves but we will also be raising much needed funds to buy life-changing equipment for Harrogate Hospital Children’s Ward,” said organisers.

“We are hoping to raise more than £10,000 in order to support Woodland’s Ward and the Special Care Baby Unit to buy equipment which will help change the lives of those children being treated.”

The Big Picnic, which raises money for children’s facilities at the hospital, has proved hugely popular with families since it was launched in 2008.

Every year, thousands of people descend on the Valley Gardens for the day of family fun.

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

A colouring competition is also being held and local schoolchildren from across the Harrogate district are invited to submit their pictures.

The theme is dream picnics, and children are asked to feature their favourites foods, location and include who they would share it with.

Categories are three and under, four to six, and seven and over. Children are asked to bring their entries on the day.

Stall space is still available, to find out more costs or the festivities, email the committee on