Party marks 25 years of bear hunting!

Lily Cook and Ciara Knight help the bears with their tea.
Lily Cook and Ciara Knight help the bears with their tea.
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IT MAY be raining outside but there’s still plenty of fun to be had indoors.

There’s no need to stay cooped up while the skies are grey as many activities have been prepared for the return of the true British summer.

Over in Whiteley, Kiddi Caru Day Nursery celebrated the 25th anniversary of a much-loved book with a bear hunt.

Children and staff at the nursery are taking part in a week of activities based on the classic book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.

There was den-making, bear biscuit baking, a bear hunt, reading and playing musical instruments.

Each child who took part dressed up in bear ears and masks and their £1 voluntary donations will go towards the The Royal National Institute of Blind People RNIB).

Lisa MacLennan, nursery manager, said: ‘This is one of the seminal books for children. It is absolutely adored not only by children of all ages but parents and carers too.

‘We’re having such a fun week and all the children and staff have been very excited about celebrating this 25th anniversary.

‘The RNIB has been working with the publishers of the book to help raise awareness of the challenges faced by visually-impaired children and we have been pleased to be able to help contribute to this charity.’

Elsewhere in Fareham, it’s the last week of free activities for children aged up to 12 as the popular Play Rangers ends.

Hundreds of children have enjoyed the free play events, put on by the council and Y Services, throughout the school holidays.

Executive member of leisure Cllr Connie Hockley said the play scheme had been a great success.

She said: ‘Play Rangers have done a fantastic job bringing free and engaging play to children.

‘The feedback from parents has been extremely positive.’

The play continues today. All the sessions are free and there is no need to book.

Children under 12 can just turn up, children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Go to