A Teddy Bear's Picnic, Back where it all began
Where ? - The Stray, Harrogate
When ? - Friday 3rd August 11:00-13:00
What ? - Celebrate the Anniversary of the First UK Mega
The 3rd of August is the 10th Anniversary of the first UK Mega and so we simply had to bring you back “home”
This event will run from 11:00-13:00 on The Stray in Harrogate.
The Stray was officially set aside as a public park in the Duchy of Lancaster Commissioners' great Award of 1778, which followed the 1770 Act of Enclosure. The Award ensured public right of access to the land linking the wells and dedicating a long stretch of land for those taking the cure to walk and exercise in. The Stray is traditionally the site of parades and civic events. For example, at the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 the people of Harrogate roasted an ox for the occasion and drank 500 gallons of beer, which incidentally over this week, we will try to replicate!
During World War II trenches were dug on The Stray in fear that German planes might use the open land as a runway. (Not as daft as it sounds as in the event of an invasion on the South Coast the Government would have moved to Harrogate)
The first UK mega was held in the hotel over the road from these coordinates where 928 people signed the log books. Though the event has grown over the years, some things remain the same – children and families were very much part of the piece and our event is no different.
The theme of today is The Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The Stray gives us ample opportunity to play games, eat picnics and decide the best dressed Teddy award. And of course, Harrogate has many fine caches, including one of the first 'Wherigos' in the UK. .
We will also have members of the first committee with us, who will be able to regale us with tales of the olden days.
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This event has been placed as part of the week of caching fun around The 10th Anniversary UK Mega Event - Yorkshire 2018