'A Magical Day in the Park' is a biennial event which takes place in Saumarez Park in the first week of July. Its aim to take as many children of Primary School age as possible out of the classroom to teach them about ‘the outdoor way of life’.
Organised and financed by the Floral Guernsey Foundation in partnership with the Sarah Groves Foundation, with additional financial support from Waitrose and Ravenscroft, this year’s event was only the second to be held and it attracted over 1,800 youngsters from all of the States’ Primary Schools in Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm.
Blessed with superb weather throughout, the event was an outstanding success and has received the highest levels of acclaim from politicians, teachers and, most importantly, from the children themselves. It was an absolute pleasure to be involved with so many happy and fulfilled young people.
The event was broken down into six half-day sessions, each one supporting over 300 children. Each session was itself broken down into two parts which enabled everyone to experience two of the carefully thought-out activities on offer during their visit. Over 700 pre-packed lunches were served each day for students and helpers alike.
Events and activities on offer included ‘Paint like a Caveman’, ‘Living like our Ancestors’, ‘Miniature Gardens’, ‘Herb Gardens’, Peter Rabbit and Mr McGregor in the Victorian Walled Garden, ‘Fire making and Cooking’, willow craft, Beatrix Potter reading sessions, guided tour of Saumarez Park and much more besides – fifteen classes in total.
Transportation was provided by States’ Education Department and a specially chartered Trislander – just like Joey – was used for some of the Alderney-based children thanks to Mathew Gulley of MPG Ltd, who provided the funding for this. For the return to Alderney, Peter Rabbit was allowed airside at Guernsey Airport to see them safely on their way – G4S were momentarily perplexed!
Events such as these cannot possibly succeed without huge amounts of help from third parties. Floral Guernsey and The Sarah Groves Foundation are immensely grateful to the individuals and the businesses that gave so generously of their time and money.