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All about the animals

Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:04:13


This year’s Picnic in the Park in Alvechurch will be an animal extravaganza, with visits from a TV vet and critters from Dudley Zoo.

The picnic, taking place on Sunday May 27 in The Meadows, will be officially opened at 12noon by Alice Rhodes (pictured right) from the BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Vet – and Alice will also judge the Fun Dog Show, which begins at 11am.

The Dog Show will be taking entries online and on the day, with all proceeds going to Cramar Cat Sanctuary in Hopwood.

Dudley Zoo will also be involved in the event for the first time, bringing along a selection of small and friendly animals for adults and children to learn about, touch and hold.

These will include snakes, lizards, fancy rats, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, giant African land snails and Madagascan hissing cockroaches.

The zoo will also be displaying its “Biofacts” including a tiger skull, bear claw and giraffe tail hair, along with “touch boxes” that picnickers can put their hand into and guess what’s inside.

Face painting will be available for a small donation.

Applications for stalls are still open, so if you are a local business, charity or community group who would like to promote your services and perhaps raise some money then get your application form in. 

There is no charge for charities and not-for-profit organisations, and only a small donation is asked from businesses. 

Forms can be downloaded from the picnic’s Facebook page or requested via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

There are a couple of daytime entertainment slots available, so if you would like to get involved, whatever your act, contact the organisers as soon as possible at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The logo competition – based on this year’s royal wedding-inspired theme of “Princes and Princesses” – was in its final stages as we went to press, so next month we should know the winners.

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