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Lichfield News – Christmas Festival

Lichfield News – Christmas Festival

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Event Date Category
Lichfield Twinkly Christmas Market at Minster Pool Walk and Speaker’s Corner Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Free face painting and trails at the Visit Lichfield Tent at Speaker’s Corner Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Festive Food & Gift Fair at Lichfield Cathedral Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
The Johnson Family Christmas at Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Festive Crafts and Grotto at Beacon Park Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Christmas Guided Tour at Lichfield City Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Cathedral Lantern Parade at Lichfield Cathedral Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Georgian Festivities at Erasmus Darwin House Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce Christmas Fayre at Lichfield Market Square and surrounding streets Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
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Lichfield News – Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG)

Lichfield News – Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG)

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CPCG conservation events this November and December

Published on Tuesday, 18th November 2014

Volunteers are needed to help at the final two conservation events of 2014.

Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to lend a hand in its upcoming Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events.

On top of the two CPCG events taking place this November, Lichfield District Council has added an extra event to the autumn listings. This will run on Wednesday 26 November at Christian Fields in Lichfield.

The group will work to rake up hay meadow, maintain hedges and give the whole site a deep litter pick. The day will also be spent cutting, clearing and crown-lifting trees, clearing footpaths and rejuvenating the outdoor classroom.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We hope plenty of people will come along to this extra event as Christian Fields is a wonderful Local Nature Reserve and it’s important that we help to maintain it for visitors.”

Members of CPCG are also being invited to a Christmas event, which will offer a chance to thank the volunteers for all their hard work over the past year. The party has changed location and is now set to be held at Pipehill Common on Wednesday 3 December, where the group will enjoy mince pies and Christmas treats whilst having a bonfire to burn piles of wood and cut scrub from the common, collected at previous conservation events.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “We are grateful to our Countryside & Parks Conservation Group volunteers who continue to help us to maintain important parks and green spaces across the district. The Christmas event at Pipehill Common will be a fantastic way to say thank you and celebrate the last event before a new year of nature conservation. Don’t forget to bring along food and drink to get in the festive spirit!”

Both the conservation day and Christmas event will run from 10.30am to 3pm. All tools will be provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear is recommended.

To find out more please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg and to book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or email countryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Lichfield News – Proms 2014 – September’s CPCG conservation day – A new toddler slide for Beacon Park

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Proms 2014

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Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park
Saturday 6 September 2014
Children’s activities from 5.30pm, music from 6pm, main concert at 7.30pm
Free entry!
Lichfield Proms is Lichfield District Council’s free annual outdoor concert for the whole family.
The annual event is an opportunity to enjoy a late summer evening in the beautiful surroundings of Beacon Park, live classical music and fireworks.
Since the first concert in 1998, Lichfield Proms has grown from strength to strength, establishing itself as an eagerly anticipated date in Lichfield’s calendar.
This much loved free concert features a prominent symphony orchestra, local musicians and singers.
The evening is brought to a close with fireworks to the traditional sounds of Land of Hope and Glory.
VIP seating: We’ve now got some extra VIP tables available. It costs £10 a seat (booked in fours or sixes). To find out more email proms@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call Jenny Golding on 01543 308775 (if there is no answer, please leave a message and Jenny will get back to you).
Parking: Don’t forget, you can park in Beacon Park for a £5 donation, which includes a glossy programme. Just follow the signs from Lower Sandford Street to the temporary car park.

September’s CPCG conservation days

Published on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014
Volunteers needed to help at two conservation events in Lichfield District this September.
Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to lend a hand at two upcoming Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events this September.
The second CPCG day of the month is on Wednesday 17 September at Coulter Lane in Burntwood. The day will include continuing to improve the health of the woodland by coppicing sleeted trees to encourage regeneration and allow a greater amount of light to reach the woodland floor. Habitat piles will also be created to act as ready-made homes for small mammals and invertebrates. The group will also conduct crown lifting of specific trees to improve access across the site for both the public and to enable future works.

Both days will run from 10.30am to 3pm. All tools will be provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear is recommended.

To find out more please visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg

To book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or email countryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk

A new toddler slide for Beacon Park

Beacon-Park1Published on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014
Thanks to a generous donation from Lichfield Greenhill Bower, a new slide has been unveiled in Beacon Park’s junior play area.
The colourful slide is already appealing to little ones, as three toddlers from Humpty Dumpty Day Nursery & Pre-school demonstrated when they were let loose on it on Tuesday 2 September.

Called ‘Aladdin’s Cave’, the slide has a set of sturdy, secure steps, a large platform, tall side panels and a long chute – which have all been designed with the youngest age group in mind. It also has a cave section underneath to hide all that treasure!

The slide was installed on 21 August after Lichfield Greenhill Bower donated £2,240 to Beacon Park. It was officially launched on Tuesday 2 September.

Beth Colley, Lichfield Greenhill Bower’s Beacon Park Organiser, said: “Beacon Park is at the heart of the Bower celebrations, and it’s great to have been able to give something back to this fantastic local attraction, following such strong support from local people over the years.”

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Parents have told us they were keen for a slide aimed at younger children to be available in the park, so we’re really grateful to the Lichfield Greenhill Bower for their donation, which meant we could buy this fantastic slide. It complements the play ship, train, roundabout, swings and more that are on offer to children in Beacon Park’s enclosed playground, and we’re sure children will enjoy sliding down it for years to come.”

Lichfield News – Cycle rides for all – 2014 programme

Lichfield News

Cycle rides for all – 2014 programme

Get on your bike and enjoy a free, led cycle ride each month

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July’s cycle ride for all
Posted: 17 Jul 2014 07:20 AM PDT
Everyones invited to get on their bike and join a taster cycle ride around Beacon Park and beyond on Sunday 27 July 2014.
The monthly Sunday cycle rides programme, Cycle Rides for All, is back for 2014.
On top of rides to the National Memorial Arboretum and Fradley Junction, this year’s programme also includes the two new locations, of Fisherwick Lakes and Packington Moor Farm near Weeford.
The rides are graded from level 1, which is suitable for beginners, to level 4, which is for more experienced cyclists.
All bikes are given a safety check by Freedom Cycles before setting off. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
We recommend wearing a safety helmet, appropriate clothes, and bringing a packed lunch and drink (although must rides do include a cafe stop).

Lichfield News – May’s cycle ride for all – Whitsun half term holiday fun

Lichfield News

Bike ride

May’s cycle ride for all

Published on Monday, 12th May 2014
Everyone’s invited to get on their bike and join a cycle ride to Packington Moor Farm near Weeford on Sunday 25 May 2014.
Following April’s Cycle Rides for All, which saw 27 people of all ages joining a 15-mile ride to the National Memorial Arboretum, the partnership behind the series of monthly rides is once again inviting keen cyclists to get on their bike for May’s ride.
The third group cycle ride in the series is to Packington Moor Farm, near Weeford, on Sunday 25 May. It is 23 miles there and back and has been awarded a level four for difficulty, which means beginner riders may find it quite challenging.
Neil Turner, Director of Leisure & Parks for Lichfield District Council, said: “We’re always keen to encourage more people to get on their bikes and take part in this healthy and fun activity, and so are pleased to be working in partnership to support these monthly cycle rides. They are a great way for people to discover good cycle routes, meet new people, and have an enjoyable day out.”
To join in this free cycle ride, simply bring your bike to Freedom Cycles at 10am on Sunday 25 May, where it will be given a safety check before the group sets off. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
To find out more, or to check whether a ride is taking place if the weather is uncertain, please call Freedom Cycles on 01543 411633 or Karl Sproston at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308846.
The Cycle Ride for All 2014 programme is available from Freedom Cycles, Beacon Park’s Ranger Station and Lichfield District Council’s Frog Lane offices. Details of upcoming rides can also be found online at http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cyclerides.
Cycle Rides for All is run in partnership by Lichfield District Council, Freedom Cycles, Bromford Living, North Lichfield Initiative and Lichfield City Council.

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Whitsun half term holiday fun

Lichfield District Council is inviting children and young people to have a half term of fun from 27to 30 May 2014.
There is plenty to do to keep young people busy and active across Lichfield District this summer half term.
From a Rapid Round of golf at Beacon Park and a Holiday Club at Burntwood Leisure Centre, through to swimming lessons and roller skating at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, families will be spoilt for choice.
New for this half term, Friary Grange Leisure Centre is running an ASA Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics. It is aimed at over 16s who are interested in becoming a support swimming teacher.
The five-day course costs £395 and the qualification will allow participants to work as a support swimming teacher anywhere in the UK. And, so the trainee instructors can gain valuable teaching experience, Friary Grange is offering four swimming lessons over half term for just £8. These will be led by the course participants who will be supervised.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Taking part on a sports course or one of the many other activities is a great way to keep busy over the half term holiday. We have a wide range of activities on offer to children and young people, such as trampolining, swimming, football, golf and much more.”
To see the full Holiday Fun programme of half term activities, please visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/holidayfun.
To find out more, or to book any of the courses or activities that are running at the leisure centres, please call Burntwood Leisure Centre on 01543 308810 or Friary Grange Leisure Centre on 01543 308842.

 

Lichfield News – May Conservation Days

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Beacon Park

May’s conservation days

Published on Thursday, 1st May 2014

Volunteers needed to help at two conservation events in Lichfield this May.

Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to roll up their sleeves to help out at two Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events this May.

The first conservation day is running on Wednesday 7 May 2014 at Beacon Park and includes habitat management.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Nature conservation is a great way to work as a group to boost important local natural habitats. It also offers a chance to meet new people and to learn new skills.”

The second CPCG day of the month is on Wednesday 21 May at Christian Fields in Lichfield, and includes improving the woodland and the Local Nature Reserve’s outdoor classroom.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “We are so grateful to our CPCG volunteers who continue to help us to manage important parks and green spaces across the district. We’re always keen for more people to join the group, so if you are interested in nature conservation, please contact us to find out how to get involved.”

Both days will run from 10.30am to 3pm and are for over 18s. All tools will be provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear is recommended.

To find out more please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg

To book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or email countryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Lichfield News – Beacon Park’s Victorian May Day

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Beacon Park’s Victorian May Day

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Published on Monday, 28th April 2014
Head to Museum Gardens on May Day to enjoy all the vintage activities on offer.
Lichfield District Council’s park rangers are hosting a Victorian May Day at Museum Gardens in Beacon Park on Monday 5 May, between 11am and 2pm.
The May Day celebrations will include maypole dancing workshops, a coconut shy, croquet, hoopla, a Victorian flower cone workshop and possibly Victorian swing boats.
A traditional Punch and Judy Show will also take place from 12 noon to 1pm on the day, which has been part funded by Chandlers Café.
Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said:
“We hope plenty of people join us for our Victorian May Day event, and enjoy all the activities on offer.”
Thanks to the new Decades Vintage Boutique, which is set to open on St John’s Street in June, the park rangers will be dressed in Victorian costume throughout the day.
It is free to come along to the Victorian May Day event, although there will be a small charge for some of the activities.
To find out more about visiting Beacon Park, go to http://www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk/

Lichfield News – Local News Including Easter Holiday Fun

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Chase Terrace Park’s new swing

SwingPublished on Friday, 21st March 2014

A swing set has been installed at Chase Terrace Park this month.

Children were let loose on a new swing set in Chase Terrace Park in Burntwood on 19 March 2014, when Lichfield District Council unveiled the new piece of equipment.

The swing set was installed thanks to a donation of £1,000 from Councillor Sue Woodward’s Staffordshire Local Community Fund. Burntwood Town Council also contributed £1,000, and Lichfield District Council put in £700.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said:  “We’re ever so grateful to Councillor Woodward and Burntwood Town Council for investing in this park. Swings are always really popular with children of all ages, and we know it is sure to become a firm favourite with families visiting the park.”

In the coming weeks, the council will extend the play area’s fencing so it includes the new addition of the swing within the fenced area.

Councillor Sue Woodward, Staffordshire County Councillor for Burntwood North, said: “Through speaking to residents, I knew that a swing set was a very popular choice to boost Chase Terrace Park’s playground. I am thrilled it is in place and that it is being enjoyed by many children already.”

 Easter holiday fun

Easter BunnyPublished on Friday, 21st March 2014

Lichfield District Council is inviting children, young people and families to take a look at its cracking programme of activities on offer this Easter.

From holiday clubs and special offers on football, to an Easter trail and swimming lessons, Lichfield District Council is making sure children have an egg-citing Easter break.

The programme is now live on an online calendar at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/holidayfun. This lists the activities in date order and gives information, such as the times, what the activity involves, and how to book.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Taking part on a coaching course or holiday club is a great way for children to improve in a sport, meet new friends and keep busy. And, with activities ranging from pool fun sessions and trampolining, through to triathlon coaching and gym workouts, there is plenty to choose from.”

The council’s holiday programme is running at Burntwood Leisure Centre, Friary Grange Leisure Centre and Beacon Park.

To see all the activities on offer, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/holidayfun

 

Woodland countryside conservation events

Published on Thursday, 20th March 2014

Lichfield District Council’s Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) is seeking more volunteers to help two woodlands in the Burntwood area to thrive.

This April, the council is inviting everyone to muck in at two CPCG conservation days in two new locations.

The first event is on Wednesday 2 April 2014 at Coulter Lane woodland in Burntwood.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Coulter Lane woodland was planted about seven years ago, and since then no management has taken place on the site. Our volunteers will spend the day learning forestry techniques, such as crown lifting, selective thinning and bashing ground vegetation.”

The second CPCG day of the month is on Wednesday 16 April at Larks Rise woodland in Burntwood.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “Larks Rise woodland was created 15 years ago as part of a housing development in Chase Terrace. Six years ago, a project that saw new footpaths, information boards and planting took place, with help from the Forest of Mercia, the Forestry Commission and we contributed section 106 funding. Our conservation group will be carrying on with the management of the mature and new planting areas, including selective thinning, removing brash, repairing footpaths and doing a deep litter pick.”

Both days will run from 10.30am to 3pm and are for over 18s. All tools will be provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear is recommended.

To find out more please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg

To book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or email countryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Lichfield News – Skatepark, Golf Course and Commonwealth Flag

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Skatepark opens, while landscaping works continue

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Local skaters can now practise their tricks at Lichfield’s brand new skatepark in Beacon Park!

Following the completion of the first phase of the project, Lichfield District Council has opened Beacon Park’s skatepark, which can now be used by skaters.

The second phase of the project got underway in February, which includes landscaping the area with grass, trees and plants. This will continue throughout March.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We’re still putting the finishing touches to the skatepark but know that skaters are itching to use the facility so we’ve opened it up to them earlier than planned, while we complete the landscaping. We hope everyone enjoys using it, but we would ask everyone to keep to the paths when getting to and from the skatepark, to give the grass a good start.”

The ribbon will be cut to mark the official opening of Beacon Park’s Skatepark on Saturday 5 April 2014 from 12 noon. This will be followed by a showcase of skateboarding by pro-skaters. Everyone is welcome to come to the opening to enjoy the skating.

“We’re all looking forward to formally launching the new skatepark in April which will be a chance to once again thank all the organisations that have helped to make this facility a reality.”

Beacon Park’s skatepark has been funded by section 106 capital, The Veolia Environmental Trust, Lichfield City Council, Staffordshire Local Community Fund, and Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership. Lichfield District Council also contributed towards the landscaping.

The skatepark are will be regularly inspected, but if anyone has any concerns, they can contact the council’s parks team on 01543 308867 or email parks@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Skatepark rules

• Skate at your own risk
• Opening times are from dawn to dusk
• Wearing helmets and safety pads is strongly recommended
• Please keep the skatepark tidy
• Skateboards, BMX bikes, scooters and skates only
• No alcohol, glass, food or drink on the skate area
• Children should be supervised by an adult
• No animals in the skate area
• Show consideration to other skaters and park users

 

Celebrating 40 years of Beacon Park’s golf course

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A special day of festivities will take place this March to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Beacon Park’s golf course.

Lichfield District Council is inviting everyone to tee-off at Beacon Park’s golf course on Sunday 23 March, between 9am and 3pm, to take part in a special 18-hole round of golf.

On the day, Robert Rock Golf Academy will offer free PGA professional tuition on the first tee, to help golfers with their swing.

There will also be the chance to enter a golf tournament to be in with a chance of winning a selection of prizes. The competition will be judged in three age categories: 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 plus.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said:
“Beacon Park is such a special place to enjoy a round of golf, with its central location and beautiful surroundings.

“We hope this celebratory day will encourage more people to take up the game, and that they take advantage of the chance to have expert golfing tuition, the discounted prices, and the chance to win prizes.

“I would like to thank the Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust who helped to fund the golf course in 1974, in what was one of the trust’s first major projects. It has given enjoyment to keen golfers over the decades and we hope the golf course will be enjoyed for years to come.”

To take part in the golfing fun will cost £2.60 for children and concessions, and £4.10 for adults or £3.60 with a LAP membership. If needed, equipment can be hired from £1.50 (which includes a club, a ball and a deposit of £1).

About the golf course

Green Flag accredited Beacon Park offers a mature 18-hole pitch and putt, par 3 golf course, with holes ranging from 90 yards to 110 yards.

The golf course is open every day (subject to conditions), except for Christmas Day.

Games do not need to be booked, and are paid for at the park’s Ranger Station (which is the kiosk between Lakeside Bistro and the crazy golf course).

An 18-hole round of golf costs £7.80 for adults and £3.90 for children, and discounts are available with a LAP membership.

Players can use their own golf clubs, or they can be hired when paying for the round. It costs £1.50 a club, which includes a ball and a deposit of £1.

 

Lichfield flies a flag for the Commonwealth

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The Chairman of Lichfield District Council hoisted the Commonwealth flag as part of the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth celebrations this March.

Lichfield District Council joined more than 500 local authorities, charities and community groups throughout the United Kingdom for the first time in simultaneously raising the Commonwealth flag at 10am today (Monday 10 March 2014).

Councillor David Leytham, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, invited guests, including the City Mayor and Sheriff, to take part in the flag raising ceremony at District Council House.

The ceremony included the Chairman and guests affirming their support for the values shared by the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries, before the flag was raised by the Chairman at 10am.

Councillor Leytham said: “We were delighted to join in the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth celebrations. Being a part of the flag raising ceremony and flying the flag offers everyone a good opportunity to think about the Commonwealth and what it means to be part of a wider international community.”

Lichfield News – Beacon Park Fun Day & Teddy Bear Games

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Beacon Park Fun Day & Teddy Bear Games

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Lichfield District Council is inviting all families to come to the Beacon Park Fun Day on Wednesday 14 August 2013, between 11am and 3pm.

There will be lots on offer throughout the day, including a barefoot walk, circus skills, rides, outdoor games, sports, a bear hunt trail, inflatables, stalls, dance demonstrations, workshops and more.

In amongst all the fun, will be the Teddy Bear Games where children can bring their teddies and enter the races, including The Teddy Sprint, and the Ted on the Head Race. There will also be the opportunity to meet the furriest member of the parks team – Ranger Ted!

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communications, and Tourism, said: “Each year hundreds of people come to Beacon Park’s Fun Day to enjoy all the activities on offer. We hope the weather will be fine and that lots of families join us for a day in the great outdoors. And a reminder to children – don’t forget to bring your teddy so you can join in the Teddy Bear Games.”

Entry to Beacon Park Fun Day is free, but there will be a small charge for some of the activities.

For a leaflet with more information about the day of fun, pop to the Ranger Station at Beacon Park (next to the crazy golf course).