Crowds turned out for picnic in the park at Braunston

The picnic on Braunston's Jetty Field park
The picnic on Braunston's Jetty Field park
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Hundreds of people turned up to Braunston’s Picnic in the Park celebration on Saturday.

The event was being held to celebrate completion of all the work done at the Jetty Field thanks to Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s grant to the park.

Children enjoy the treasure hunt at the picnic

Children enjoy the treasure hunt at the picnic

Zara Corbin, chairman of the Friends of Braunston Pocket Park said: “We were amazed with the turnout of people, especially young children.

“We had over 75 children participate in the treasure hunt within the copse area looking for letters hidden among the trees, it was fantastic.

“We have vastly improved the access into this area so it was lovely to see children being able to be pushed around this area in pushchairs which before the grant wouldn’t have been possible.

“The children also participated in kite making and were running down the field launching kites into the skies. This is what we want this area to be used for. It is perfect for kite flying and lots of parents commented that they will bring children down here again to fly kites. This is exactly what we want this space to be used for, children having fun in the outdoors.”

Making corn dollies was one of the activities on offer.

Making corn dollies was one of the activities on offer.

Children also turned their hands at making corn dollies, and everyone also got to learn a new sport on the day as the Braunston Twinners came along to teach everyone boules. Both children and adults were battling it out to see who was a champion player.

Zara said: “It was a real community effort to put this event on. All the activities on the day were run by companies or clubs that are based in Braunston from the face painters, inflatables run by Crazy horse disco’s who have taken over a retail unit in the village, plant stools and cakes cooked by people in the village. The village really came together for the day.”

In total over £200 was raised at the event which will be used to further improve the park area.