Organisers gear up for Berry Hill Park fun day

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ORGANISERS of the family fun day at Mansfield’s Berry Hill Park on Sunday are putting the finishing touches to preparations ahead of the summer spectacular.

The event will feature a host of fun-packed activities and attractions at the 80-acre site - which has been given a new lease of life after two community clean up days organised by Mansfield Rotary Club and supported by Chad.

There will be fairground rides, musical entertainment on the new-look bandstand, a dog show and a Donkey Derby as well as a host of stalls dotted around the park - while there will also be a special appearance by a mystery guest.

Visitors can also try to win an oak mushroom carved by Mansfield tree surgeon Tony Gascoyne, which will be raffled off and proceeds put towards the clean up campaign.

Admission is £10 at the gates for a family pass, which covers the cost of the programme containing the equivalent of a minimum of £30 worth of vouchers to use on rides and attractions in the park.

Said organiser, Rotn Stewart Rickersey: “It’s great value for money - it’s an incredible deal. For a family coming in, even if it’s a family of four, they’re going to get seven or eight rides each for nothing.

“For a tenner they can go on all the rides, all day long. It’s as cheap as chips but we’ve got to get that message across to the public - it’s £10 for a family, whether that’s a single mother on benefits with two or three kids or a family of mum, dad and four kids. Clearly if teenagers turn up in a cluster, they are not going to get in on one programme.”

Proceeds from the event will be ploughed back into further improving the park, which once staged miners’ galas as well as the Mansfield Show in the 80s and 90s and was described as the town’s ‘jewel in the crown’.

“The weather forecast is looking encouraging,” added Rotn Stewart Rickersey. “We’ve got lots of good things happening and we are all looking forward to it. Hopefully it will raise the money we expect it to, which means we will be able to start spending that immediately on the park.”

The six-hour spectacular runs from 10am-4pm and visitors travelling by car will be able to access the park via the Black Scotch Lane entrance only. Parking is free.

Pedestrians can gain access via the park’s two main entrances at Black Scotch Lane and Lindhurst Lane.

For a full timetable, see this week’s Chad.