Fifth annual Picnic in the Priory taking shape

There will be fun for all the family at this year’s Picnic in the Priory between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 12 May.

Visitors and members of Eeh By Drum drumming at Gisborough Priory

This is the fifth year running that Gisborough Priory Project has organised the Picnic in the Priory and this year it will be bigger and better than before.

Numerous activities and stalls will be spread around the historic site of Gisborough Priory and in the adjacent woodland gardens.

A new attraction this year is the presence of local artist, James McGairy, who will be spending the day in the Priory grounds painting the scene before him. This painting will be one of the prizes in the raffle on the day.

In the woodland gardens there will be a demonstration of green woodworking by volunteers from Gisborough Priory Project. The age-old skills on display have been used to make many useful and attractive objects.

Among the activities on offer are have-a-go archery and fencing, thanks to Whitby Company of Archers and Bladz fencing Club. There will be storytelling in the recently created Phoenix Storytelling area, led by volunteer Katherine Appleton, as well as facepainting and balloons.

To add to the atmosphere, music will fill the air throughout the day with sweet melodies from the Gypsy Swing Band and lively rhythms from Eeh By Drum.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic. Alternatively, several stalls will supply a range of refreshments, from hog roast to homemade cakes and icecream.

Entrance is free to the event, with a small charge applying for some activities.  Visitors must come in through the Gisborough Priory gate on Church Street.

Generous funding to support the day has come from ESCO (UK) Ltd, SABIC and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. This has been put together with funds raised at other Gisborough Priory Project open days to provide a packed programme.

Gisborough Priory Project volunteer, Carol Robinson, said, “This is our biggest event of the year with something for everyone to enjoy.”

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