The Easter Egg Hunt returns

After two years’ absence due to COVID restrictions, we are bringing back our popular annual Easter event.

Accompanied children aged 12 and under are invited to track down the answers to questions about the fauna, flora and history of Preston Park in order to earn themselves a cream egg.

They can also participate in a drawing competition with the chance to win a giant egg.

The cost per child is just £1.

Face painters will also be available at a cost of £3.

Meet near the Chalet Cafe at the North end of the park – note that this is NOT where we used to hold the event. We start at 10.30 and finish at 2.00 latest.

We’re looking forward to a lovely, happy event – just what we all need right now.

Have you lost this watch?

If so, it has been handed in to the Chalet Cafe. It was found at the top of Lime Tree Walk next to the entrance to the Velodrome on 25th March.

Rock painting in the rockery

We had a great time today painting rocks and collecting litter in the sunshine. Here’s a sample of our good work including sacks of rubbish …

Thanks to Rose Jones for the photos

The Tile House in close up

The Tile House, an octagonal building in the centre of the park, was built in 1883. The building was made for the Bath and West of England show – about 200 miles away – by the Aylesbury Tile Company to help show off all their different tiles. You can see lots of designs of tiles including bunches of grapes beside the door. Someone from Preston Park saw the building at the show and thought it would look lovely here in the park, so he bought it and had it moved here. It was originally a ladies’ toilet and was the first building to be erected in the park. It has had many uses over the years, including a place where people could hire bikes.

These fabulous photos by Rose Jones show the tiles in close up:

The Preston Twin returns home

It required a crane to lift the tree into place
Back home!

Artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva has been working to transform this Preston Twin elm tree into a major new artwork. She informs us that she has been asked to move the tree from its temporary home in Kemptown, so have had to stop working on it, take down the scaffolding and wrap the tree as best they can with plastic sheeting to protect it from the weather. Unfortunately, as they’ve been trying to dry the tree for over 4 months, this is extremely challenging. The moisture levels inside the timber are the hardest issue for the preservation process – so it’s devastating to uncover the tree while it is relocated. But, the GREAT news is that the tree is being moved back to her original location, next to its Twin Sister in Preston Park, and will be enjoyed by many more people as they continue to work on it.

Fundraising continues to support Elpida’s work to transform the tree into a stunning artwork

The Easter Egg Hunt returns

Easter Egg Hunt: Sunday 17th April, 10.30 – 14.00, near the Chalet Cafe

After two years’ absence due to COVID restrictions, we are bringing back our popular annual Easter event. Accompanied children aged 12 and under are invited to track down the answers to questions about the fauna, flora and history of Preston Park in order to earn themselves a cream egg. They can also participate in a drawing competition with the chance to win a giant egg. Face painters will also be available. The cost per child is just £1. We’re looking forward to a lovely, happy event – just what we need at the moment!