Sixth annual Picnic in the Priory taking shape

PicnicinPriory2012_GPPThe annual Picnic in the Priory will this year be held on Saturday 18 May from 10am to 4pm in Gisborough Priory and the adjacent woodland gardens.
This is the sixth year running that Gisborough Priory Project has organised the Picnic in the Priory and this year it will be bigger and better than before.
New attractions this year include the birds of prey micro team. Visitors can get close to a fascinating array of small birds, such as Erica the white faced Scops owl and Martin the merlin. They can find out all about these beautiful birds throughout the day as well as enjoying a flying display. Elsewhere on site Askham Bryan College staff will display a range of small mammals for all to enjoy.
In the woodland gardens there will be a demonstration of green woodworking by Gisborough Priory Project volunteers, Bruce and Peter. The age-old skills on display include hand carving and pole lathe turning, transforming small pieces of wood into useful and beautiful objects.
For the second year in a row, local artist, James McGairy, will spend 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.
There will be a karate demonstration at about 1.30pm by members of all ages from the Guisborough Sokudo Karate Group. Visitors can have a go at both archery and fencing, thanks to Whitby Company of Archers and Bladz
fencing Club. Storytelling in the woodland Phoenix Storytelling area, led by volunteer Katherine Appleton, will provide a restful alternative.
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 tempting refreshments, from hog roast to homemade cakes and ice-cream. Alongside there will be a variety of other stalls selling crafts and plants complementing the regular market in the town and the special Totally Locally market that will be set up near the market cross.
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 next to St Nicholas’ Church.
Generous funding to support the day has come from ESCO (UK) Ltd, Hutton Chemicals Ltd, Guisborough Town Council 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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