Happy Kids Equals Happy Parents
We had the perfect sunny day on Saturday 14th July for Picnic in the Park 2018. We had more visitors than ever, and even more children to entertain, and it was great to see all the fun they had that day.
The day started off with TC Dance Majorette troupe providing a colourful start to the entertainment. A great range in ages, they looked fantastic twirling around Pattishall field. Later on, they also gave a baton skills workshop to our Picnic in the Park young festival goers. The children also filled in a treasure hunt sheet when they arrived, looking for titles of children books, with a sweet as the reward! Well done to all those who completed.
The Weedon Football Club team had children entertained for hours with footie, Beat the Goalie and Target Competition. Many happy children were running around the top field, chasing a ball on a lovely summer’s day.
Jay Tee Amusements provided bouncy castle fun, and are already booked for our next event, Saturday 13th July 2019. We are very lucky that the event is held at a lovely park, so a lot of fun was had on swings, slides, climbing frames and the zipwire. A big thank you to Hire-A-Princess, who made so many young faces light up as Rapunzel strolled to the park to join us. She made the day very special, and some gorgeous photos were taken with some star-struck Picnic in the Park goers.
There was a feedback tepee on the mound, which was one of our favourite things, as we got to read comments from the festival children. We had very engaged responses like ‘adventure is out there’, ‘get your party on’, ‘I like this because it has a zipwire’, and a simple but to the point ‘I loved it.’ The comments looked lovely flapping in the wind on the bright pink structure.
The hall had it’s first designated baby room, which was used a lot during the day. Toddler toys, nappy changing facilities and places to sit meant that the babies (and parents) could get some escape from the heat of the day. That will be back again next time, so bring your young ones.
Party Workshops provided the circus fun again. There were many new skills like tightrope walking for young ones to try. For the first time we also had a visit from a Mad Hatter Stilt Walker who was quite a sight as he walked around saying hello. Later on, there was a lovely giant bubble workshop. To watch the bubbles float across the site, in the lovely sun and the live music was fantastic. This is all booked for 2019, and we can’t wait.
Under the Enchanted Tree we had our first Pre-School area. There was so much for the younger festival goers to do including the very popular sandpit! They also had water play, crafts, playdoh kitchen and toys to enjoy. Next to this Messy Church had one of the most popular gazebos around, with continuous queues. Why? It had a slime making workshop going on! Great for parents to see it made somewhere else other than their kitchen!!
We also had an outdoor area this year where children could play table tennis, jenga, table football or just go hula hooping crazy.
Finally, we had our very first dedicated kids zone this, on the Pattishall Tennis Courts. The Marquee housed free crafts during the day, with lots of equipment like tables provided by Pattishall C of E Primary School. The children painted rocks, drew, decorated pine cones and used seashells, helped by Pattishall Pre-School. So many beautiful creations were made, well done all. One of our favourite pictures had a lovely title ‘welcome to the wonderful world.’ What a great way to sum up the fun and optimism of the children that came. The Marquee also housed the lovely hair braiders, and the delicious Friends of Pattishall School sweet stall. Later on in the day, there was a question and answer session with local success ‘Brooke Layla,’ where any inspiring singers could get some top tips. Then DJ Terry of Brite Lights Disco brought the house down as usual with his dance routines on the tennis courts, and the stage. Brilliant , be sure to see him on stage again at the next Picnic. Finally, as we all became a little sleepy, the ‘Jungle Book’ and marshmallows provided some quiet time on our comfy sofa.
Elsewhere in the Kids Zone saw our first Basketball Competition winner, and children having enormous fun with our go-karts (very kindly supplied by ATK).
Wherever we looked there were children dancing, laughing, playing, creating and running around. Just what Picnic in the Park is all about, family fun for all. Very few of these activities had a charge, keeping costs down for the adults. If you missed it please do come next event on Saturday 13 July 2019. If you have children, you will see some very big smiles on their faces. We love feedback, so any more suggestions for future events, let us know.
Thanks to all those mentioned who made it a festival of fun, so many community groups and volunteers were involved. Remember, we need volunteers to make it happen so if you want to help us next year, be sure to message us.
Finally, thanks to all of you who brought your children along. It wouldn’t be the same without seeing them run around the place and enjoy themselves at Picnic in the Park. See you @ PITP 2019!