Big Jubilee Picnic at Ryton Pools Country Park near Rugby

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WARWICKSHIRE’S Country Parks are joining in this year with the ‘Big Lunch’ celebrations by hosting a family picnic day on Sunday, June 3.

Starting from midday, the idea is for visitors to come along to the country park at both Kingsbury Water Park North Warwickshire and at Ryton Pools Country Park near Rugby with family and friends, a picnic blanket and picnic lunch, and enjoy some quality time in the sunshine!

There will be a children’s fancy dress competition at 4pm with a theme of ‘Kings and Queens’ so parents who gets their kids dressed up can win a prize of a £10 voucher.

At Kingsbury, Echills Wood Railway will be running trains all over the bank holiday weekend, and the donkeys and boats will be on site, subject to weather.

In addition children can complete the ‘Summer Spotter’

sheets to see if they can spot different things around the park. At Ryton Pools youngsters can take a ‘Springwatch Trail’ following clues to crack the code and complete a Springwatch challenge. Trail and Spotter sheets are available from the Visitor Centres.

The fourth annual Big Lunch event falls on the same weekend as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Anyone who would like to celebrate and commemorate the Queen’s 60 year reign who is not already going tos a street party, can come and join us at the parks. No barbecues are allowed on site.

Cllr Helen Walton, Warwickshire County Council’s spokesperson for Country Parks, said: “Some 10 million people came out in sunny 1977 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee so we hope a large number of people will take part in our very first ‘Big Picnic’ in 2012.

“We hope to see a patchwork quilt of blankets out on our events fields on Sunday 3 June. The Big Lunch is all about community, friendship and fun, so bring along your outdoor games, share out the sausage rolls and make new friends.”

The Big Jubilee Lunch will be a part of the main programme of events over the central weekend of Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June. During this special week Warwickshire’s Country Parks service has a whole host of events on in the parks to celebrate.

Here is just a flavour of what’s on:

Monday 4th June – Green Man Masks at Pooley Country Park Tuesday 5th June – Outdoor Art at Pooley Country Park Wednesday 6th June – Green Men at Kingsbury Water Park Wednesday 6th June – Small mammals up close at Ryton Pools Country Park Wednesday 6th June – Ladybird hats at Pooley Country Park Wednesday 6th June – Toddler Trundle at Ryton Pools Country Park Thursday 7th June – Beetle Mania at Kingsbury Water Park Thursday 7th June – Jellyfish windsocks at Ryton Pools Country Park Thursday 7th June – Bugs on Sticks at Pooley Country Park Friday 8th June – Summer Swimmers at Kingsbury Water Park Friday 8th June – Fishy underwater world at Ryton Pools Country Park All events are bookable, for more information and prices please visit the website and download the events booklet at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/parks or call on 01827 872660.