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Annual Light Night returns to Barkingside with special guest

11:32 23 September 2016

Winnie the Pooh joins the band in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as the Queen hosts a special garden party for two thousand excited children to mark her 80th birthday this year.

Winnie the Pooh joins the band in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as the Queen hosts a special garden party for two thousand excited children to mark her 80th birthday this year.

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If you go down to the woods this weekend, you’ll be in for a lovely big surprise.

Treasured character Winnie the Pooh will be travelling from Hundred Acre Wood to join families at a very special event to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Barkingside’s Light Night is returning to Ken Aston Square, High Road, on Saturday (September 24) from 2-9pm, and promises a honey pot of treats for the whole family.

Between 10am and noon, residents can get creative at the arts and crafts sessions running at Fullwell Cross Library, High Street.

Visitors are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Winnie the Pooh character and there will be a prize for the best dressed.

Judging will take place at 4pm and younger residents can visit Fullwell Cross Library between 2pm and 3pm to have their faces painted for the occasion.

Families can listen as Winnie, Christopher Robin, Piglet and Eeyore visit Buckingham Palace in order to deliver a very special birthday present to the Queen, in a special story called Winnie the Pooh and the Royal Birthday.

Prince George will also appear “bouncy as Tigger” in the madcap adventure.

The special tale marks the first time that Winnie the Pooh has met the Queen in a story.

As a youngster, Princess Elizabeth was said to have loved the Pooh tales.

The free silent tour takes place in the library between 2.15pm and 3pm, and 4.45pm and 5.30pm, and families are advised to arrive early as spaces are limited.

Parents and guardians must stay with their children during the 45-minute sessions and Winnie the Pooh’s favourite snack, a pot of honey, will be available for sampling.

There will also be free screenings of Pooh and his friends on their various adventures, with free popcorn, from 2-3pm and 4-5pm.

If you have a toddler who is inspired by Tigger’s impressive bounce and would like to try it out, there are bouncing classes running from 2.30-3pm and 4.30-5pm in Ken Aston Square.

And after that, when you’ve exhausted yourself gorging on honey, the SingSong club will invite residents to join members in singing and playing along to classics from across the decades.

The free entertainment will take place in the pocket park, which is at the High Street end of Virginia Gardens, between 3pm and 4pm, and if the weather stays warm, families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and chill out to the glorious music.

If that gets you in the mood for dancing, a silent disco for under-sevens is running from 3.30-4pm at the children’s library and an all-age event will follow a few hours later, from 6.30-7pm.

In the evening, the Lynch International School of Dance will perform and host workshops for all to get involved in.

The dance school was founded by David and Yvonne Lynch last year and teaches a wide range of styles, including the salsa, rumba, jive, cha-cha-cha, foxtrot and waltz.

On the night, they will be hosting a three-hour extravaganza of performances, workshops and demonstrations, from salsa to line dancing.

Cllr Ross Hatfull, cabinet member for civic pride, said: “This is another fantastic free event that we’re happy to be offering to the people of Redbridge. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a range of excellent music and entertainment including performances from Lynch International School of Dance, arts and crafts and even a Winnie the Pooh adventure for the kids.

“It’s also a chance to take in Ken Aston Square which received a special commendation in the New London Architecture Awards and was nominated for the European Prize for Urban Public Space.”

For more details on Light Night, email culture@visionrcl.org.uk or view the full programme online by visiting redbridge.gov.uk.

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