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May 2009

If you go down to Stormont…

The Stormont estate in Belfast will again provide the stately backdrop for another fantastic family fun day in aid of the annual Children in Need fundraiser.

Pudsey Bear will be the host for the event on May 25 between 10am and 6pm and this year, organisers are hoping to double their record of £10,000 raised for the charity.

Attractions at the estate on the day will include a variety of children’s activities, magic and puppet shows, displays by the NI Fire and Rescue Service, target football, bungee trampolining, W5 shows, nature trails, a dog zone and, of course, teddy bear judging. Also this year, for the first time, Parliament Buildings will be open to the public.

The event, which is open to everyone, promises to be a super day out for all the family. Admission to the estate itself will be free on the day, but you will have to pay for some things - such as car parking - so be prepared to spend a little money in support of this great cause.

One of the organisers of the event, Ronnie McAleese of the delivery and innovation division at the Department of Finance and Personnel at Stormont, told ni4kids that the family fun day would have something for every member of the family, regardless of age:

“This event is all about families and school parties coming along to Stormont for a fantastic day out and, while everyone is having fun, raising funds for a very important charity, the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

“We really will have something for everyone this year, for every member of the family young and old. There are many displays and activities taking place which will be completely free of charge, so families don’t have to worry about an expensive day out either. This year, I’m also delighted to announce that we have strong support from environmental exhibitors, so there’s an important educational theme to the event as well”, added Ronnie.

“Altogether, we’re all looking forward to a fantastic day out for a great cause.”

And don’t forget to bring your teddy bear as there will be competitions held throughout the day for such things as ‘best dressed’ and ‘most unusual bear’. There will also be dog agility competitions, heelwork and fashion displays – for the dogs, not the owners!

The organisers have asked that all children attending the event are accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult and in the interests of the animals’ welfare and in view of health and safety regulations, it’s recommended that dogs are not brought along.

All-in-all, the event promises to be one of the highlights of the family calendar in Belfast this summer, so miss it at your peril!

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