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Thousands of bears expected at Preston Park's annual Teddy Bears' Picnic

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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IF YOU go down to Preston Park on Sunday you are sure of a great surprise at the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

Pack a picnic and blanket to enjoy in Bandstand Garden and treat your favourite teddy to a fun day out at Preston Park Museum. With over 2,000 teddy bears expected to take part, there will be lots of activities to get involved with including a Bear Hunt, arts and crafts, storytelling, face painting (small additional charge) and a chance to make tasty teddy treats. Plus, make sure you take your bear for a check-up with the Teddy Doctor!

Families will also be invited to share stories about their special bear; including where they are from and the experiences they have shared together over the years.  These will go on display along with well-loved bears belonging to museum staff and volunteers as part of a temporary exhibition called ‘Loved to Bits’.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “Teddy bears carry a special significance for so many people at different points throughout their lives, whether their own bears from years gone by or the teddies cherished by their families today.

“I’d encourage anyone with a special teddy bear to bring it down to Preston Park and join in all of the fun that is taking place this Sunday and to check out the wonderful exhibition opening on Thursday.”

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic will take place on Sunday 14 August from 10am until 4pm (last admission is at 3.30pm). Entry is free with museum admission; a Family Ticket (2A+4C) costs £5 and is valid for a year. 

The exhibition ‘Loved to Bits’ will be open from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 August 2016 in the Billiard Room.

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