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Free community event ‘Fordingbridge Coronation Picnic in the Park’ to be held on the 7th of May

May 7 @ 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm

May 7 @ 2:30 pm 10:00 pm

Fordingbridge Events Group and Fordingbridge Town Council have announced some of its plans for the Coronation Big Picnic event, which will take place on the 7th of May from 2:30pm to 10pm to celebrate the King’s Coronation & to mark the 100th anniversary of the Recreation Ground.

The picnic is free to attend and free parking for the Sunday in the town car parks has been confirmed by the New Forest District Council. Additionally, there will be free car parking at the event managed by Fordingbridge Rotary Club.

What’s on?

A ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Recreation ground will take place at 2:30pm with the help of the Town Cryer, and then from 3pm, the picnic will take place on Fordingbridge Recreation Ground. There will be various entertainment including fairground rides, slides and bouncy castles which has been made possible thanks to the Town Council and Fordingbridge Events Group who received a grant from the County Council. There will also be live music performed all day by a variety of different bands with the headliner being paid for by a local resident as a gift to the town.

The Fordingbridge Events Group have paid for a marquee to house the ‘Fordingbridge Arms’, which will be staffed by local volunteers, serving drinks to raise some funds that will go back into the organisation of future summer and Christmas events.

Although there will be food and drink available on site, everyone is welcome to bring their own picnics and drinks to join in the fun! Please note, portable BBQs or open fires are not permitted on the recreation ground.

At 6pm, the town’s beacon, which was installed last summer at the Jubilee picnic, and which was paid for by local businesses, will also be lit.

Additionally, there will be some stalls showcasing local associations and community groups.


2:30PMRe-dedication of the Recreation Ground
3:00PMFood & Drink available
3:00PMDJ Bull as Event DJ
The Tennessee Two
Eliza Hope
3-6PMNon-Stop Kids entertainment – three shows and balloon modelling around the recreation ground in between shows
6:00PMLighting of the town beacon
6:15PMStoney Cross Live Band – with special guest Terry Nash as Meatloaf