Portsmouth kids have a whale of a time at healthy picnic in the park

112929-2731 PICNIC (RH) MRW 17/8/2011''It was a great afternoon on the grassed area surrounding Baffins Pond at Copnor as over one hundred parents and children enjoyed 'The Healthy Pompey Little Picnic ' ''(left to right) Barnaby Atkinson ( 2-1/2) from Copnor with Hannah Selbie (7) and her brother Ewan Selbie (2-1/2) also both from Copnor  ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112929-2731)

112929-2731 PICNIC (RH) MRW 17/8/2011''It was a great afternoon on the grassed area surrounding Baffins Pond at Copnor as over one hundred parents and children enjoyed 'The Healthy Pompey Little Picnic ' ''(left to right) Barnaby Atkinson ( 2-1/2) from Copnor with Hannah Selbie (7) and her brother Ewan Selbie (2-1/2) also both from Copnor ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112929-2731)

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SCORES of children and their parents enjoyed making the most of the great outdoors at a healthy picnic in the park.

Youngsters burnt off plenty of energy at Baffins pond in Portsmouth yesterday, by taking part in all kinds of activities from giant snakes and ladders and hopscotch to treasure hunts and hula-hooping.

112929-2695 PICNIC (RH) MRW 17/8/2011''It was a great afternoon on the grassed area surrounding Baffins Pond at Copnor as over one hundred parents and children enjoyed 'The Healthy Pompey Little Picnic ' ''Not quite old enough to join in but Lennox Saines ( 8 months) from North End was intrigued by the goings-on around him ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112929-2695)

112929-2695 PICNIC (RH) MRW 17/8/2011''It was a great afternoon on the grassed area surrounding Baffins Pond at Copnor as over one hundred parents and children enjoyed 'The Healthy Pompey Little Picnic ' ''Not quite old enough to join in but Lennox Saines ( 8 months) from North End was intrigued by the goings-on around him ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112929-2695)

Mums and dads also took time out to socialise with others and enjoy watching their children play together at the free Healthy Pompey event organised by Portsmouth City Council.

Among them was Rose Saines from North End, who took along her eight-month-old son Lennox.

She said: ‘I heard about the picnic through the Sure Start centre we go to. The whole group decided to come down so it’s been a nice social thing for the mums and children.

‘It’s great the council puts these picnics on. You can tell a lot of effort goes into it.’

Paula Selbie, 33, from Copnor, also went along to the picnic with her seven-year-old daughter Hannah and two-year-old son Ewan. She said: ‘My friend came to one of these picnics before and said they were good so we thought we’d come along.

‘It’s a great event because it gets kids outdoors and running about.’

Hannah added: ‘We’ve had lots of fun. It’s been really good.’

More than 150 people turned out to the picnic, which is just one of a series taking place in the city over the next two weeks.

Asha Lal, health development officer from the council, who organised the event, said: ‘The picnic was great. We had a great turnout and it’s increased since the picnics we held last year.

‘A lot of people seem to have come back having come along last year and enjoyed it so much, and have told their friends and family.

‘The event is all about getting families out and enjoying making the most of the green spaces in the city, and taking part in activities.

‘It’s about families being active and enjoying time together and then enjoying a healthy picnic at the same time.

‘It’s been a huge success.’

The next little picnic will take place tomorrow at the green off Allaway Avenue in Paulsgrove. Then there is one on Tuesday at Buckland park in Malins Road and on Thursday, August 25, at Somers Town park.

The picnics are free to attend and run from midday to 3pm.

People are asked to bring their own healthy lunch.

For more, visit healthy pompey.com, call Asha Lal on (023) 9284 1560 or email asha.lal@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

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