There is less than three weeks to go until Telford & Wrekin Council’s official celebration of Telford Town Park winning the best park in the UK and being awarded Green Flag status.
Spring Into The Park takes place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday April 2 and is a seasonal celebration of the great outdoors for all the family.
The star attraction will be Thomas The Tank Engine and the Fat Controller, who will both be appearing at intervals throughout the day.
An extravaganza of family fun is in store with activities happening in different areas of the park, including bug hunts and pond dipping, and bird box making as well as live entertainment and a Fun Fair in the Queen Elizabeth II Fields In Trust Telford Town Park Arena.
The event includes a pet farm with the opportunity to hold bunnies and chicks and feed lambs.
There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt around the park with eggs provided by sponsors Tesco in Madeley, the Spar in Leegomery and Magna. However, there is a limited amount of eggs so early entry is advised.
Telford’s very own Animal Man will be bringing along his Exotic Zoo and there will also be face painting. The park will also be hosting a family of giant metal gorillas.
Steve Ledshan’s Shire and Carriage Horses will also be in the park offering rides around the arena for £1 per person.
Most activities are free although some like face painting have a minimal charge.
Telford Town Park was voted the best by the public in the Fields In Trust Awards at the beginning of December.
Telford Town Park is owned by Telford & Wrekin Council and was nominated for the Fields In Trust award last year by a member of the Friends of Telford Town Park, a group which started in 2003 to help give the park extra care and attention.
Friends of Telford Town Park nominated it because of the range of attractions including new features like the water play, high ropes course and adventure golf, the sensory garden, a fantastic mix of biodiversity and nature reserve as well as the more formal gardens.
The Telford Town Park Arena is protected by Fields In Trust as a Queen Elizabeth II Field and is the focal point for a variety of community and business events.
There were 122 parks nominated nationwide and 8,000 public votes cast. It was the first time Fields In Trust had given out awards based on people’s votes.
Fields In Trust is the only UK wide charity which protects and improves outdoor space for people to enjoy.
Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture, said: “We are gearing up to a fantastic family celebration of our wonderful park and I am sure that everyone who comes along will have a fantastic day.
“We know that Thomas The Tank Engine will be a huge draw for both big and little children alike and we have lots of other fun activities happening around the park and in the arena for people to enjoy.”