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Growing fun at Wellcome Collection’s Midsummer Picnic

13 June 2013

Cumberland Market - Saturday 22 June 2013, 12.00 - 16.30

Cumberland Market will be turned into a glorious garden party for this year's Wellcome Collection midsummer picnic. Growing is the theme of the day and there'll be hands-on activities, demonstrations, performances, food and family fun to please curious minds of all ages.

Picknickers will find pedal go-carts and mini golf in the garden, along with magicians, circus performers and puppet shows. There will be a soft play area for the under 5s and giant games to try out. Our wheelbarrow gardens will offer carefully modelled horticultural delights, and green fingered visitors can try their hand at garden inspired crafts including vegetable printing and leaf art. There will be a chance to adopt a plant so part of the picnic garden will find new homes after the event.

No garden party would be complete without afternoon tea, and we'll also be serving up a salad buffet for lunch. As with all the best picnics, there'll be every opportunity to spread out a rug, unpack some sandwiches and relax.

The midsummer picnic, now in its fifth year, is run in partnership with West Euston Time Bank, focussing on their Homework club and Family Activity Programmes. These programmes support local young learners and their families and bring members together to share skills and strengthen their community.

Eleanor Lanyon, Youth and Community Engagement Officer at Wellcome Collection says: "The midsummer picnic is a wonderful opportunity for the community to get together, and we've been working with our partners at the West Euston Time Bank to make this year's event fun-packed and activity-filled. All are welcome to come along and help make this picnic a garden party to remember."

Wellcome Collection's Midsummer Picnic is on Saturday 22 June 2013, between 12.00 -16.30 at Cumberland Market, NW1 3RH. Free to all. Drop in at any time.





Tim Morley
Senior Media Officer
T 020 7611 8612
E t.morley@wellcome.ac.uk


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