NCT Teddy Bear's Picnic big success

Crowds flocked to Nonsuch Park again this half term to raise over £1500 for parenting charity


Over 230 families attended Cheam’s Nonsuch Park on Sunday 10th June to enjoy a fun-filled day of races, stalls, competitions and music at the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic organised by Sutton and Epsom NCT. This year’s event had a royal theme, in order to conclude a week of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

The picnic, sponsored by Stagecoach Sutton and Sutton High School, raised over £1500 for the charity, which helps parents and parents-to-be through a range of services.

Attendees enjoyed a special performance from Stagecoach Sutton; a gymnastics display from members of the Tumbling All Stars; storytelling with Sutton Library; Songs and games with Gymboree; a mass rendition of ‘Heads, shoulders knees and toes’ and support from Radio St Helier. The crowds also enjoyed a variety of stalls including the lucky dip, teddy tombola, face painting and hook a duck, and there were special visits from local fire and police units along with their vehicles.

To coincide with the Jubilee, there were special competitions to find the best jubilee-dressed teddy and child, as well as the annual races for children and their parents.

Maria Booker, chair of NCT Sutton, Epsom and District branch, said: 

“We are thrilled by the overwhelming success of this year’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Our volunteers did us proud to organise a brilliant event and despite the weather forecast, the skies were mainly clear and the crowds turned out in their numbers to enjoy the fun and games and raise a fantastic amount of money to help parents and families in our area.”


Next year's picnic will be held on Sunday 9th June 2013, again at Nonsuch Park.

For more info Please e-mail Ms Maria Booker, Chair of the Sutton & Epsom NCT, on or call 0844 243 6291. 

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