Stody family fun day set for a scorcher

These youngsters gave last year's event big licks.

These youngsters gave last year's event big licks. - Credit: Archant

An animal petting zoo, treasure hunt and face painting are among the attractions and children under 12 get in free.

Hannah Cousins with a kid called Whopper at last year's fun day at Stody.

Hannah Cousins with a kid called Whopper at last year's fun day at Stody. - Credit: Archant

An animal petting zoo, treasure hunt and art competition are among the attractions at a family fun day in north Norfolk this weekend.

Stody Lodge Gardens is hosting the event, with miniature donkeys, lambs, calves and Mitch the Titch the cheeky Shetland, in its stunning 14-acre rhododendrons and azalea garden, near Holt (NR24 2ER), on Sunday, May 8, from 1pm to 5pm.

It will also exhibit work of the finalists in The Stody Young Talent Awards on the main lawn.

Five primary schools in the Holt area have entered the botanical art competition. The finalists will be judged by celebrated botanical artist Sarah Caswell and the three winners will have their art work professional framed and presented to them at Stody Lodge Gardens on Wednesday, May 11.

The Stody Kids for Kids family fun day, which also includes the Norwich & District Kid & Goatling show, has been organised in support of The North Norfolk Radio Kids Trust. The Holt Youth Project will provide delicious homemade teas with all proceeds going to the charity.

Kate MacNicol, of Stody Lodge Gardens, said: 'We are so pleased to hosting the Kids for Kids day again. With all the animals, treasure hunt, face painting and fun for all the family, we hope to have another sell-out day and raise lots of funds for two fantastic local children's charities, the North Norfolk Radio Kids Trust and The Holt Youth Project.'

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Entry is priced £5 for adults, while children under 12 go free.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy delicious ice creams by The Hunstanton Icecream Company and face painting by mother and daughter team Jorma and Neve Reynolds.

Stody Lodge Gardens is open every Sunday in May, as well as Bank Holiday Monday, May 30, from 1pm to 5pm.

On Sunday, May 22, it will host the inaugural Stody Boutique Festival. Katrina from Katrina & The Waves (of Walking on Sunshine fame!) will perform at the event which will bring together the best of Norfolk's food and drink producers, vintage stalls, classic cars, kids activities, demonstrations and workshops, and lots of wonderful music.

Open from 11am to 5pm, entrance is priced £9 for adults, while children under 12 go free. For more information log on to the following website - www.stodylodgegardens.co.uk

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