Halloween lantern walk

Blimey, is it that time already? No not yet, but we’re planning it now. We’ve decided on the evening of Saturday 29 October, with the evening starting at 6pm. It’s a free event of course and is for families.

This time though, we’ve decided to open the fancy dress to parents as well as children – we noticed how many of you love to dress up! So there’ll be a prize for best children’s costume, a prize for best children’s lantern – and a prize for best adult costume.

There will be a children’s storyteller and, from 5.30pm, a food van selling sweet and savoury crepes, as well as hot drinks. We’ll send you a reminder before the event.

Creperie

French Revolution creperie

 

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Snowdogs

snowdog

The park will soon have its own pet for a couple of months. A Snowdog will be tethered to the south entrance to the park from the end of September to the end of November. It will be one of 46 Snowdogs positioned around the city. The reason for them? Well, they’re just fun – and at the end of their time they will be auctioned off – proceeds to The Martlets Hospice.

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Minutes of August committee meeting of FoPP

Attached are the minutes of the recent committee meeting:

FoPP meeting minutes 03082016

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Photography competition

Photography competition

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A walk in the park

Our series of park walks for 2016 is well under way but the following walks are still to come. Each is led by a park expert.

Thurs 2 June
Trees of Preston Park. Meet 6.30pm at the Rotunda.

Weds 8 June
Greater Park Walk. Meet 6.30pm at the Rotunda.

Thurs 30 June
Rock Garden Walk. Meet 6.30pm at the Rock Garden.

Sat 2 July
History of Preston Park Walk. Meet 11am at the Rotunda.

Tues 26 July
Rock Garden Walk. Meet 6.30pm at the Rock Garden.

Sun 14 August
Rock Garden Walk. Meet 12 noon at the Rock Garden.

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Preston Open Day, Saturday May 28th

This is a free family event.

Come and enjoy the beautiful house and grounds of Preston Manor. The Manor will be offering free admission and a chance to see their witchcraft display.

Discover the exciting results of the park’s archaeological survey. See a dig in progress. Examine ancient artefacts from the area.

Visit the St Peter’s, Preston Park Grand Sale of cakes, books, plants and bric-a-brac, along with churchyard tours arranged by St Peter’s churchyard volunteers.

Take the chance to try croquet free of charge and treat yourself to a cream tea.

Take one of the tours of the Walled Garden where there will be a sale of plants and savoury foods. The beekeeper will exhibit the beehives in the garden.

Challenge yourself with a quiz about the local area from the Friends of Preston Park.

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Minutes of May committee meeting of FoPP

Attached are the minutes of the latest committee meeting.

FoPP minutes 4 May 2016

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Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Hunt 2016

Well, it’s not really a hunt – it’s a quiz! And it’s for all (accompanied) children aged 12 or under. The date is Sunday 27 March – Easter Day – from 11am to around 2.30pm. Just turn up at any point between those times. We’ll be by the men’s bowls pavilion – look out for the marquee.

For £1, we’ll be handing out sheets on which there’ll be questions about the history, architecture, flora and fauna of the park. Answers will be found on special information posts around the park. Correctly completed sheets will win a Cadbury’s crème egg. (We’re not too fussy about number of questions completed if the child is very young!)

There’s also a chance for children to draw a picture showing something in the park – we supply materials – and possibly win a special prize! There will be face painting too – just £3. The idea of the event is primarily to have fun (and a bit of exercise), but also for children to learn something about our lovely park.

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Spring is breaking through

Daffs in amongst the dogwood in the Rock Garden

Daffs in amongst the dogwood in the Rock Garden

Magnolia in the north west entrance

Magnolia in the north west entrance

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Walled garden

Walled Garden

Volunteers in the Walled Garden are busy planting and preparing for a beautiful, flowery Spring. Here some of them are planting box borders under the pergola.

The pond in the garden is still causing a leaky problem. Estimates are currently being sought to price up a thorough refurb of the pond lining.

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