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Family fun day raises £1,500 for north Norfolk children and young people's charity

PUBLISHED: 17:27 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:49 08 May 2019

Swashbuckling fun at the Stody Lodge Gardens Kids for Kids day.
Photo: STODY LODGE

Swashbuckling fun at the Stody Lodge Gardens Kids for Kids day. Photo: STODY LODGE

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Rainbow-themed artwork by north Norfolk primary school children went on show at Stody Lodge Gardens, near Holt, as part of an annual family fun day organised to raise funds for local children's charities.

Stody Young Talent award winners (from left): Isobel Coutanche, Harry McDougall and Lucy Detnon with their rainbow-themed pictures.
Photo: STODY LODGE Stody Young Talent award winners (from left): Isobel Coutanche, Harry McDougall and Lucy Detnon with their rainbow-themed pictures. Photo: STODY LODGE

Now in its fifth year, the Stody young talent awards celebrate the artistic efforts of youngsters aged from eight to 11.

Three winners from each year group were chosen by arts professional Sarah Young, with Lucy Detnon taking first place in the Year 4 category for her rainbow peacock, Harry McDougall bagging the Year 5 prize for his globe painting featuring famous landmarks and Isobel Coutanche taking the Year 6 first prize for her rainbow zebra.

Donkey rides at Stody Lodge Gardens Kids for Kids day.
Photo: STODY LODGEDonkey rides at Stody Lodge Gardens Kids for Kids day. Photo: STODY LODGE

The winning pictures were exhibited at the annual Stody Lodge Kids for Kids day, which saw hundreds of youngsters and their families enjoy attractions ranging from donkey rides and games, to face painting and a treasure hunt.

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Visitors also had a chance to tuck in to tea and cakes served up by members of Holt Youth Project and meet animals including goats and their kids, goslings, bantam chicks, a giant rabbit and a corn snake, as well as Evergold the Aberdeen Angus heifer and Stody's resident Shetland pony, Mitch the Titch.

Kate MacNicol, of Stody Lodge, said the theme of the art competition had been chosen to tie in with the upcoming LGBT+ Rainbow Garden Party, which takes place in the estate's spectacular 14-acre gardens on May 25.

She added: "The Kids for Kids family fun day this year was bursting at the seams with wonderful birds and animals for children to enjoy, we had a fantastic array of games and activities and we are delighted that the homemade teas and generous donations from many of those involved raised £1,500 for Holt Youth Project."

Stody Lodge Gardens is open from 1pm-5pm on May 12 and 19, and from 1pm-5pm daily from May 20 to 25. Entrance is £7 (under 12s free).

The Rainbow Garden party, which is being organised on May 25 in partnership with Norwich Pride and King's Lynn and West Norfolk Pride, will include music, activities and rainbow cakes and teas. The family-friendly event is open to all ages and usual admission fees apply.

Proceeds from cake sales will go towards this year's pride parades in Norwich and King's Lynn, and anyone interested in donating a cake can email jules@norwichpride.org.uk.

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