The first Magical Days in the Park took place in 2014. It was an opportunistic and speculative event brilliantly organised at very short notice, taking advantage of marquees already erected in Saumarez Park, Guernsey for immediately preceding events.
The idea was to provide children doing Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in Primary School with the opportunity to learn about the outdoor way of life. Over three days of idyllic weather in July, 1,700 children from Guernsey and Herm attended. Alderney took part in the wheelbarrow competition and although no-one from there actually attended, they managed to win that competition!
Despite the fact that new ground was being broken, it was nonetheless a massive success for everyone involved. In fact, it won the prestigious ‘Best Organising Committee’ award at the 2014 Guernsey Community Foundation annual awards ceremony. Following this, the decision was reached to hold further such events every two years provided sufficient funding could be found. The next is scheduled for July 2016.
Immediately following the award, the Trustees of the Sarah Groves Foundation approached the event organisers, the Floral Guernsey Foundation, with a view to becoming involved with future ‘Magical Days in the Park’. The event seemed to fit perfectly with our aim of ‘Enhancing Young Lives’. As a result, the two Foundations will be working in partnership for the next three events at a total cost to us of not less than £20,000. This should establish this biennial event as an important part of the Guernsey summer calendar. In addition, we are pleased to announce that Ravenscroft Stockbrokers & Investment Managers and Waitrose will be participating as co-sponsors.
This year’s event again promises to be memorable and will take place in Saumarez Park, Guernsey on Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July. It is being organised by Floral Guernsey and the Sarah Groves Foundation and discussions have already been held with every school in the Bailiwick about who will be attending. To date in excess of 2,100 children have been registered with representation from all islands, including Alderney, Sark and Herm, which is great news for everyone concerned. Some 16 different events are planned on each of the three days including a return of the bush craft expert David Hunt shown below.
The organisers wish to acknowledge the invaluable contribution from:
- The States of Guernsey Education Department – transportation to and from Saumarez Park and provision of teaching staff over each of the three days.
- The Guernsey Botanical Trust for the use of The Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden and the volunteers who provide an unforgettable experience in a truly authentic setting using Peter Rabbit and Mr McGregor from the Beatrix Potter Stories.
If, as happened in 2014, every child goes away inspired by their ‘Magical Day in the Park’ we, in conjunction with Floral Guernsey, will have scored our greatest success to date by enhancing the young lives of more than 2,000 children in one go! All we need is the same weather as last time.
This year’s event on Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July really will be magical for everyone concerned - even for the grown-ups! Volunteers and Gamesmakers are still required - if you would like to be involved on any or all of those dates, please contact us via the CONTACT section of this web site and we will be in touch.