Annual children’s day a success at gardens

Burnby Hall gardens
Burnby Hall gardens

A FUN-FILLED picnic held at Pocklington’s Burnby Hall Gardens proved a huge success.

For its annual children’s day, the gardens and local bookshop Simply Books organised a Gruffalo-themed picnic to celebrate the shop’s new children’s laureate, Julia Donaldson.

Throughout the day, children witnessed The Gruffalo story performed in the gardens woodland area, made puppets and masks and created a giant Gruffalo. They also learnt The Gruffalo songs, met and handled woodland creatures, had their face painted like the characters from the story and took part in a Julia Donaldson character hunt.

Sara Waddington, owner of Simply Books, said: “The setting of the gardens is absolutely perfect and I’m delighted that Burnby Hall Gardens has allowed us to get involved with their children’s day.

“The Gruffalo is an amazingly popular book and I’m thrilled that Julia Donaldson has just been appointed children’s laureate. Her books have brought joy to millions of children and adults alike.”

This is the latest collaboration between Simply Books and Burnby Hall Gardens. For the last few years the book shop has used the gardens for several children’s events and this year were invited to stock the garden’s new gift shop with books, which have been selling well.

Sara Waddington said: “It’s not an easy time for independent bookshops and it’s important for us to build partnerships with other businesses and organisations in our community. Burnby Hall Gardens is very keen to support local businesses and we have formed a very good and mutually beneficial relationship.”