Spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion for park bear af­fair

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Teddy bears of all shapes and sizes will be flock­ing to West­ern Springs Park on Sun­day.

The an­nual Teddy Bears’ Pic­nic is cel­e­brat­ing its 30th birth­day with a day of free en­ter­tain­ment and some spe­cial per­for­mances to mark the mile­stone.

The Auck­land event is the long­est-run­ning of its kind in the coun­try.

Cornwall Park hosted the first pic­nic back in 1982 be­fore the teddy bears packed up their pic­nic bas­kets for the Auck­land Do­main where they rolled out their blan­kets for more than 20 years.

It’s not quite the woods but the teddy bears feel right at home at the new lake­side park lo­ca­tion, event di­rec­tor San­dra Beacham says.

‘‘It’s grown since it’s Auck­land Do­main days be­cause here it’s way more ac­ces­si­ble. It’s a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion and an iconic park for Auck­land fam­i­lies.’’

New Zealand’s Got Tal­ent run­ner-up Jessie Hil­lel will be mak­ing a guest ap­pear­ance at the event. The 11-year-old singer will be joined by Alice in Won­der­land, Peter Pan and Tinker­bell.

Ma­gi­cians, face painters and snow tub­ing are some of the other de­lights on of­fer for the fam­ily day out.

Chil­dren un­der the age of 12 can travel free to the event on any Metrolink, LINK, GO West, Waka Pa­cific or North Star bus ser­vice if they bring a teddy bear along for the ride.

The event runs from 10am to 3pm.

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