Children ready for fun as pub prepares garden party

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Pubs are usually seen as places where adults go to relax and have some fun.

But The Rose in June, in Copnor, Portsmouth, will become a haven for children this weekend.

The Milton Road local is throwing a garden party on Sunday with games and a tea party.

Little ones can enjoy sandwiches, cakes and sweets in the pub’s huge garden.

But adults can still get involved by competing in three-legged races and help their sons and daughters win tug-of-war contests.

The pub started holding garden parties three years ago when it was thinking of a special way to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Paul Saynor, the pub’s co-landlord, said the event was now a big success and popular across the community.

‘It’s a huge event,’ he said.

‘We have people from across the area coming over for it.’

Talking about why the pub gears the event especially towards youngsters, he said: ‘It goes back to that thing about how pubs should be for all the family.

‘Pubs are made up of families, you can’t exclude children from pubs – and especially not with ours because we have this huge, lovely garden and we have got to make use of it.

‘It’s a fantastic opportunity for children to come and run around for the afternoon.’

The party kicks off at 1pm and runs all afternoon.

Activities also include egg and spoon races and children can have a go playing a giant version of Jenga and Connect Four.

Paul said: ‘The atmosphere is just brilliant.

‘I love watching all the kids running around, enjoying themselves.

‘When you stand in the garden seeing everyone have fun, you know you have done a good job.

‘Making people happy is what it’s all about.

‘It’s not about taking money at the bar, it’s more than that, as a pub it has got to be more than that.’

Tickets cost £5 for children but the event is free for adults and anyone under three.

They can be bought on the door or in advance.

Meanwhile, the pub is also gearing up for its annual charity folk and beer festival.

Guests will be treated to 27 real ales and 10 ciders during the event from June 26 to 28.

Morris dancers will be performing throughout the weekend and children will get to have some fun on a bouncy castle.

Proceeds will be going to the Portsmouth and south-east branch of the MND Association.

Mr Saynor’s sister Alison Lambley died of motor neurone disease in 2008, aged 52.