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Barton Gardens Festival 2020 goes virtual


17 Jun 2020

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Inevitably, the Barton Gardens Festival planned for June 2020 has been cancelled – but organisers are inviting residents to get into the festival spirit and bring much-needed smiles to the village.

The event, due to take place over the weekend of June 19th to 21st, would have included exciting rides for adventurous teddy bears, a colourful scarecrow trail, a concert and the chance to look round a number of beautiful local gardens.
“We were really looking forward to celebrating the 20th year of our Teddy Rides and the 20th anniversary of our Scarecrow Trail in 2020,” said festival chairman Charles Theaker.
“While the events we had planned won’t be going ahead, we are inviting people to get creative and bring a smile to Barton-under-Needwood.”
• Make a scarecrow to put outside your home for June 2020. A big thank you to everyone who has already made scarecrows to cheer people up during lockdown.
• Sit a teddy in a window of your house for people to see as they pass by.
• So that teddies don’t miss out on the fun, have a go at inventing your own teddy ride.
• Share pictures of your favourite garden flowers or shrubs – or even a video tour of your garden.
You can post your photos on the Festival Facebook page at Barton Gardens Festival. To get ideas for teddy rides you can see videos of the Festival’s eight teddy rides on their website at
Jack Sheldon, the Festival’s teddy ride inventor, is working on a special project using materials most families will have available at home and hopes to have this ready soon with plans you can download.
Usually the Festival Scarecrow Trail is held as a competition but there are no prizes on offer at the moment, so this is just for fun.
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For any further information please call Lindy Young on 07743 638942 or 01283 7130401.

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