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EventsLine-up announced for Feel Good Family Picnics

Line-up announced for Feel Good Family Picnics

The line-up has been revealed for the Feel Good Family Picnics being held in Rochdale, Middleton, Littleborough and Heywood this summer (July 30 to August 2).

Visitors to the free family events sponsored by automotive dealer Premier Suzuki will be able to experience more than 20 amazing different attractions each day, including live performances, music, theatre, sports and shows for children of all ages.

Spectacular outdoor performances include ‘Fussy Foodies: Battle of the Pans’ – the new interactive game show by Just More Productions, exploring how foods help define our cultural identity with music, laughs, audience participation and prizes up for grabs. It’s a celebration of food, music roots and culture, a kitchen party where the audience joins in with the fun, starring number one foodie ‘Messy Mama T’.

‘Teabreak,’ a new heart-warming show by live events company Trigger, will be performed each day. It follows the journey of tea across continents and centuries onto our shores, with tea served from Trigger’s beautifully hand-painted Tuk Tuk. As you stir your cup, you’ll learn how it’s found itself into our tea pots featuring soundbites from gardeners, historians, tea-makers, mothers and children speaking about what one of our most-loved rituals means to them, accompanied by dancers.

‘The Lost Opera’ is an interactive sound performance and dance show using the wonders of technology that you can watch as well as join in with on your mobile phone. Featuring three mysterious figures it is inspired by the Bauhaus Ballet of the 1920s.

At 2pm each day a stunning carnival will travel around the parks led by international carnival arts company Global Grooves, reflecting the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. Expect giant puppets, costumes, funky beats, flags and high energy dance, animated by local communities and professional street performers.

Live music will be provided by last year’s favourites Flat Cap Brass who play fun and friendly arrangements of popular 90’s and 00’s pop songs as you’ve never heard them before.

Master storyteller Gav Cross, who went down a storm last year, is also back with a brand new show mixing wonderful tales with his trademark silly humour.

Rochdale’s M6 Theatre Company will be in the storytelling tent this year, presenting the debut of ‘Even Stevens’ – a touching story from a handy man, gardener and chatterbox who travels around on his trusty old bike. There’ll be clowning, a fascinating story, thankfully a happy ending and lots of fun along the way.

Visitors will be able to try a range of popular sports and games including track bikes, badminton, shotput, and archery with staff from Your Trust as well as boxing training with the team from Middleton Martial Arts Academy.

Skylight Circus will perform a range of spectacular feats including ariel tricks, stilt walking, juggling and clowning, with everyone invited to learn the skills led by professional circus artists.

Bring along your bicycle for a free check by Dr Bike (excludes Rochdale).

Once again organisers want the event to reduce its impact on the environment as well as showing visitors ways to reduce your carbon footprint, save energy and be kinder to our planet so they’ll be lots of sustainable activities to see and try including upcycling, health and wellbeing, nature based craft activities and water saving tips. You’re encouraged to take your picnic waste home, and bring a water bottle as free refills will be available all day.

Picnics are welcome at all events but food is also available to purchase.

The Feel Good Family Picnic will be staged from 12pm to 4pm in Rochdale’s Broadfield Park on Tuesday, July 30, Limefield Playing Fields in Middleton on Wednesday, July 31 and Harehill Park in Littleborough on Thursday, August 1. The final date will be in Heywood’s Queen’s Park on Friday, August 2.

Councillor Sue Smith said: “The Feel Good Family Picnic will be four magical days out in the beautiful setting of lovely parks and gardens. It’s all free and the perfect opportunity to entertain and educate your children or grandchildren during the holidays. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of local people as well as visitors from across Greater Manchester, giving us the opportunity to showcase what the area has to offer.”

Helen Greaney
Helen Greaney
I'm a journalist with more than 18 years' experience on local, regional and national newspapers, as well as PR and digital marketing. Crime and the courts is my specialist area but I'm also keen to hear your stories concerning Manchester and the greater North West region.
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