| Celebrating 150 years of the Downs
Victorian Family Picnic
Sunday, 22 May 2011 - 12 noon - 6pm
The Downs, opposite the water tower
This May Bristol celebrates 150 years of The Downs with a Victorian picnic, offering traditional entertainment for all the family. Come along on Sunday, 22 May from 12 noon until 6pm, entry is free and help us celebrate 150 years since an Act of Parliament was signed to protect The Downs for the people of Bristol.
Discover your Downs and add to the atmosphere if you wish - by dressing up in Victorian-style clothes.
The event is supported by the council, The Downs Committee, Friends of The Downs and Avon Gorge, Groundwork, The Society of Merchant Venturers, Bristol Rotary Clubs and Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project.
Below is a full list of activities taking place.
12 noon to 6pm
95th Rifles Napoleonic Military Group and camp
Crazy golf - anyone from three to 93 can play the course - £3 per round
Bristol Rotarians will offer the following activities primarily for children (under adult supervision):
A traditional coconut shy - throw balls to knock a coconut off its stand.
Photo boards for families
Photo board showing adults and children in Victorian dress with holes for faces. Place your head in a hole to have your photo taken. Don't forget to bring your camera.
Test your strength
This is a traditional striker - use a hammer to hit a button and send a puck up a wire to hit the bell.
Participants will be issued with a sheet of historical photographs of events on the Downs. Match the photographs to displays around the picnic area and create a word clue to the destination of the treasure. The displays around the Downs will give interesting historical notes about the photos. If you bring a pencil it will help.
There will also be stalls offering quality, locally sourced refreshments.
3pm to 4.15pm
Commemorative Downs league football match - Miss Bristol at the end of the match will present medals and the Westbury Little Foxes will play a mini warm up game before kick-off.
12.45pm to 1.15pm - Madding Crowd with Bristol Harmony
1.30pm to 2.15pm - City of Bristol Brass Band
2.30pm to 3pm - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
3.15pm to 3.45pm - Madding Crowd with Bristol Harmony
4pm to 4.45pm - City of Bristol Brass Band
5pm to 5.30pm - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Live theatre performance by members of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
City of Bristol Brass Band and Madding Crowd with Bristol Harmony
Will perform at intervals during the special Downs’ celebration event.
12noon to 5.30pm - Craft activities
1pm to 1.20pm - Storyteller
2.15pm to 2.35pm - Storyteller
3.15pm to 3.35pm - Storyteller
4.15pm to 4.35pm - Storyteller
In the children's marquee we'll be celebrating what a fabulous place The Downs are for wildlife. Join in the historic fun by making a top hat or bonnet and decorating it with tissue paper flowers and butterflies.
Enjoy a host of historic tales and fabulous fables with storyteller Martin Maudsley.
Guided walks (starting from information point)
12.30pm to 1.30pm - Postcard promenade
2pm to 3pm - Wildlife walk
3.30pm to 4.30pm - Postcard promenade
4.30pm to 5.30pm - Wildlife walk
Step back in time with Angela Nutgrove and Francis Greenacre. On these gentle strolls our guides will use old postcards to illustrate how people have enjoyed The Downs in times gone by.
The Downs are a great place for birds. Join Richard Bland to discover how the birdlife on The Downs has changed since Victorian times and to spot some of our current residents.