The bare facts about Hertford Castle's annual Teddy Bears' Picnic

PUBLISHED: 18:34 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:34 09 July 2018

Enjoy a free family afternoon of entertainment and activities at this year's Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic

Enjoy a free family afternoon of entertainment and activities at this year's Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic

Supplied by Hertford Town Council

If you go down to Hertford Castle on Sunday, you're sure of a big surprise...

A brass band will play during the afternoon at the Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' PicnicA brass band will play during the afternoon at the Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic

The annual Hertford Castle Teddy Bears’ Picnic will take place on Sunday, July 15, from noon to 4pm.

Visit the historic castle and its grounds free of charge for an afternoon of child-friendly entertainment 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 whilst the annual Teddy Bear Parade takes place at 3pm.

The family games arena is back with fun activities including family tug of war, teddy bear relay race and ‘Ted Pin Bowling’, which are free to participate in.

Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' PicnicHertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic

Hertford Castle will also be open to the public where visitors can explore the venue’s themed basement rooms.

Children can take part in fancy dress and participate in a teddy bear hunt to get a sweet treat.

In addition to the games area, youngsters can enjoy magic shows, balloon modelling, sand art, face painting, a bouncy castle and enjoy several other stalls on the castle lawn.

The Hertford Canoe Club will once again be running free water activities on the River Lea.

Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' PicnicHertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic

Councillor Jane Sartin, the council’s chairman of development and leisure, said: ”The Teddy Bears’ Picnic has become a firm favourite in Hertford Town Council’s programme of events at Hertford Castle, and we’re looking forward to welcoming hundreds of picnicking bears again this year.

“This is an event all ages will enjoy, with the Castle open to visitors and a brass band playing throughout the afternoon.”

Children are encouraged to bring along their favourite teddy bear and join the Castle’s own furry friends, including Minnie and Mickey Mouse, a dragon, big bear, as well as other costumed characters.

Youngsters should dress up their teddy bears too, 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 Castle Teddy Bears' PicnicHertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic

This event is sponsored by Abel of Hertford and 360 Play Stevenage.

There will be balloon modelling for the kids at the free Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' PicnicThere will be balloon modelling for the kids at the free Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic

The Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic includes a family tug of warThe Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic includes a family tug of war

You can try your hand on the water at the Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic thanks to Hertford Canoe ClubYou can try your hand on the water at the Hertford Castle Teddy Bears' Picnic thanks to Hertford Canoe Club

There will be a bouncy castle at Hertford Castle's Teddy Bears' PicnicThere will be a bouncy castle at Hertford Castle's Teddy Bears' Picnic

Minnie and Mickey Mouse will make appearances at Hertford Castle's annual Teddy Bears' PicnicMinnie and Mickey Mouse will make appearances at Hertford Castle's annual Teddy Bears' Picnic

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