teddy bears picnic, cholmondeley castle

The Wingate Children Centre’s popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic event is set to be held in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle on July 8.

The family fun day is now in its eighth year and helps raise valuable funds for the Wrenbury-based charity near Nantwich.

This year, Elsa and Belle will be performing and mingling with young fans, there will be Punch and Judy shows, and owl displays and activities from the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

There will be face painting and glitter tattoos, traditional fete games hook-a-duck and splat-the-rat, a bear hunt and more, including the bouncy castle!

The Wingate sports coaches will be running fun activities including parachute games and obstacle courses.

Cholmondeley Castle Tea Rooms will be open and serving home-made cakes, sandwiches, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

Proceeds from the Teddy Bear’s Picnic 2018 will go to The Wingate Centre in Wrenbury which provides recreational activities and respite holidays for children with disabilities.

Catherine Cook, of the Wingate Centre said: “We are really looking forwards to welcoming families along to Cholmondeley Castle for the 8th annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

“Don’t forget to bring your teddy!

“This is a major event in our fundraising calendar and, as a very small team that relies on the generosity of our local community, I’d like to thank everyone who gets involved, from the families who enjoy the day to our fantastic volunteers who make the Teddy Bear’s Picnic the success it is.

“We simply could not run this event without them.”

Julie Wilson, who works for Bakkavor in Nantwich, regularly volunteers for the Wingate Centre.

She said: “Holidays are important to everyone, so knowing these special children are having a break in the beautiful Cheshire countryside is a great inspiration for me to volunteer.

“The Centre is in such a lovely setting, I love just being there, volunteering in any capacity, whether it be supporting during the busy holiday season or helping to run one of the special event days like the Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

“It’s a great feeling knowing myself and my colleagues can help to raise money for this fantastic place. I will continue to help as long as I am able and they’ll have me!”

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic should contact the Wingate Centre on 01270 780456.

Tickets are on sale at www.thewingatecentre.co.uk, at Wingate reception and in local businesses like Bizzybods Boutique in Nantwich, Co Op Food in Readesdale Avenue Crewe and The Card Market in Whitchurch.

There is a FREE child’s ticket with every full price adult ticket (£7) purchased in advance.

On-the-gate prices are £7 per adult and £4 per child. Under 3s and Teddy Bears are FREE.


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