Bears' big day on Sunday

03:12, Jan 11 2013
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CUDDLY CHARACTERS: Performers Jo Wilcox, left, Nikkie Karki, right, and director Adi Tait are encouraging everyone and their teddies to get along to the Teddy Bears' Picnic at Isel Park.

Teddy bears of all ages, shapes and sizes will be flocking to Isel Park in Stoke for The Nelson Mail Teddy Bears' Picnic this Sunday.

Nelson City Council festivals director Sophie Kelly said the picnic was a much-loved family event that had become part of Nelson's summer tradition.

"There will be a teddy school, Justine Bearber makeovers, pony and cart rides, a teddy disco, plenty of fun and games.

"Plus this year we're organising a Teddy's Got Talent, with special judge Bear Griller, so we're hoping the teds have been busy rehearsing their special performance piece - piano playing, acrobatics, singing, dancing or whatever it may be," she said.

Ms Kelly said the picnic had been timed an hour earlier in the day than in previous years to help avoid the hottest temperatures, which could be especially tough on littlies and hairy teddy bears.

The picnic takes place each year in the garden in front of historic Isel House.


"Last year we had up to 400 people and including the teddies probably double that," event director Adi Tait said.

Ms Tait is encouraging people to bring umbrellas and other forms of portable shade given that there are fewer big trees around Isel House than a year ago as a result of storm damage.

She said other attractions would include a parade and a teddy tug-of-war, and St John Ambulance staff would be on hand to bandage up any teddys who get hurt. Ms Tait is encouraging people to bring picnic lunches but there will also be food and cold drinks for sale. The free event is open to teddy bears and teddy lovers of all ages, and is part of the council's Summer in Nelson programme.

Dollies are also welcome as long as they behave themselves. Doggies are asked to stay at home.