Thousands enjoy Picnic in the Park

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It wasn’t just your average picnic as thousands flocked to Wootton Park, in North Wootton, for the third picnic in the park event on Saturday.

After a year’s break, the extravaganza returned in style with a host of free activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

The park basked in glorious sunshine when the event kicked off at 1pm and celebrations continued until 8pm.

Bridget Nurse, one of the event organisers, said: “It was an excellent day.

“The weather was very kind to us and everybody enjoyed themselves.

“At any one point we probably had between 2,000 and 3,000 people present on the park and it all went very smoothly.

“It’s the third time we’ve had the event.

“Last year we didn’t do it because of a lack of help, but this time it was run in conjunction with The Woottons Football Club and it worked really well. It really benefits local people. We do it to support The Woottons community more than anything.”

Hundreds of families brought their own chairs, picnics and blankets and soaked up the atmosphere and sun as the event brought the local community together.

There were fairground rides, stalls, a dog show, zorb balls, charity and craft stalls, food, drinks, local cake makers, laser games and demonstrations.

Footballers from The Woottons Youth FC, who helped with the event, held a number of different activities.

Local bands kept the masses entertained throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Among the performers were, the Puppeteers, Fazed, Kingdom Keys, Aria’s Echo, the Extons and Jimmy Rockit, while Kelly’s Dance Crew also performed in the arena.

The event supports the running of the park and facilities in the area.

Fifty per cent of all funds raised will go to the The Woottons Youth FC, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.