Pack up for free picnic

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CHILL out and eat up – a free summer picnic will be held in gardens in the town centre later this month.

Organisers of art festival Coastival are putting on the sandwiches and sounds event in the grounds of the Woodend Creative Industries Centre in The Crescent.

The picnic will feature music provided by DJ Tooley and friends and there will also be lots of other activities going on.

Music will include southern fried soul, New Orleans style R&B, Blue note jazz, reggae and funky summer tunes.

Organiser Wendy Clews said: “We had a summer picnic last year and it went down really well.

“Everyone is welcome, just turn up with your picnic and a blanket (alcohol is allowed) and enjoy the afternoon.”

The second Coastival arts festival was held in February and doubled its attendance numbers compared with the first event, in 2009.

Attendances at events over the three days in February were 19,851 – which is 120 per cent greater than the first Coastival.

The impact on Scarborough’s economy of this year’s festival is put at £361,584 - an increase of £146,001 on 2009.

Coastival was held across three days, from Friday February 18 to Sunday February 20 and featured 120 events in 30 venues.

These included music, comedy, theatre, arts, performance and activities for children. The next full Coastival will be in 2013.

The free picnic is on Sunday July from 1pm to 5pm.