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Special picnic brings families together at National Trust's Oxburgh Hall

Families gathered in the sunshine for a picnic event run by the Swaffham branch of a charity.

Family Action, a charity supporting families with financial and mental health issues, hosted a 'Family Monsters Picnic' at the National Trust's Oxburgh Hall on Sunday.

Around 50 guests turned up on the day, which was intended to celebrate the efforts of Victorian social reformer Octavia Hill, who founded both Family Action and the National Trust.

Swaffham families enjoy special picnic held by Family Action charity at Oxburgh Hall
Swaffham families enjoy special picnic held by Family Action charity at Oxburgh Hall

The free event was one of several Family Monsters Picnics being held at locations across the country as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the charity.

Families had the opportunity to explore the historic Oxburgh Hall and its gardens.

David Holmes, chief executive of the charity, said: "Family Action would like to thank the National Trust for giving us the opportunity to host the Family Monsters Picnic at the beautiful Oxburgh Hall and we are delighted to celebrate our shared heritage with them.

"We organised the Family Monsters picnics to give families the opportunity to relax together, to talk and reconnect and above all have fun and it was fantastic to have so many local families come along to help us celebrate our 150th anniversary.”

'Family Monsters Picnic'
'Family Monsters Picnic'

The charity is encouraging everyone to talk about the everyday pressures in their families, to stop ‘family monsters’ from becoming overwhelming in their lives.

A spokeswoman for Family Action said the picnics are an opportunity for "friends and families to spend quality time together outdoors, have a chance to talk and visit a new location".

Richard Burlingham, volunteering and participation consultant from the National Trust, said: "It's been great to welcome families to Oxburgh Hall through our partnership with Family Action, which has been able to open up more opportunities for the local and wider community to spend time with us, especially as we share the same founder in Octavia Hill and her vision, which championed the need for nature and wellbeing.

"We look forward to this growing partnership providing new opportunities for us to work together more in the near future."

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