Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic takes place this weekend
PUBLISHED: 13:55 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:55 10 July 2017
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The annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic will take place at Hertford Castle on Sunday, June 16, from noon to 4pm.
Visit Hertford Castle and its grounds free of charge for an afternoon of child-friendly entertainment and activities organised by Hertford Town Council.
Welwyn Garden City Brass Band will be playing throughout the afternoon on the main lawn, including the traditional Teddy Bears’ Picnic song while the annual Teddy Bear Parade takes place at 3pm.
The family games arena is back with fun games including tug of war, a teddy bear relay race and ‘steal the teddy’, which are free to participate in.
Hertford Castle will also be open to the public free of charge.
Friends of Hertford Castle will be on hand to share their knowledge of the historic building.
Children can also explore the themed castle basement rooms, take part in fancy dress and participate in a teddy bear hunt to get a sweet treat.
The Punch and Judy show will be based on the island area of the lawn, where there will also be face painting, a giant teddy to cuddle and the Artshed will provide craft activities.
The Hertford Canoe Club will be back running water activities on the River Lea free of charge.
Children are encouraged to bring along their favourite teddy and join the Castle’s own furry friends, including Minnie and Mickey Mouse, as well as other costumed characters.
Youngsters should dress up their bears, as there will be a ‘Best Dressed Teddy’ competition after the Teddy Bear Parade, where prizes will be awarded by the mayor of Hertford.
Hertford mayor, councillor Sue Dunkley, said: “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic has become an event that’s a firm favourite at Hertford Castle each year.
“I’m looking forward to meeting all the teddies and their owners, and trying to pick my favourites in the ‘Best Dressed Teddy’ competition.
“Having a brass band playing on the Castle lawn is also always a treat.”
The event is sponsored by Abel of Hertford and Steven Eagell Toyota and Lexus.