Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Spalding for Transported

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Visitors to Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding enjoyed a sunshine picnic with a difference on Saturday.

Actresses from Wet Picnic theatre group put on their show, Time for Tea, in front of a surprised but amused audience as part of the Transported arts project in South Holland.

All Saints Church, Holbeach, where Transported is bringing Nu Urban Gardeners to on Sunday between 10am and 12 noon.

All Saints Church, Holbeach, where Transported is bringing Nu Urban Gardeners to on Sunday between 10am and 12 noon.

Judy Barrington-Smuts, artistic director for Wet Picnic, said: “Time for Tea was about bringing people together, helping them to take a moment to think about their surroundings and the people around them, then helping them to remember the simple things in life.

“The simplicity of the artistry and its presentation allowed new theatre audiences to engage with it easily.”

Wet Picnic were one of the artists featured at Activate, a day of creative and arts activities for children and young people aged between nine and 19.

About 350 visitors went along to the event which also included performances by Holbeach Brass Band, Act II Theatre Company, Vibe Youth Choir, Zest Youth Theatre and a dance workshop.

Natalie Duffield Moore, arts engagement officer for Transported, said: “We were delighted with how receptive the audience was to Wet Picnic and how they got involved with the performance.

“They really seemed to enjoy it and appreciate the quirkiness of Wet Picnic, with everyone leaving with a smile on their face.”

The next Activate day is at Gedney Hill Playing Field on July 25th.

Meanwhile, there are more Transported events this week including a design workshop with David Mackie at Holbeach Youth Centre in Boston Road South on Friday at 10am and 1pm.

There is also an interactive workshop by Nu Urban Gardeners called Chugga Nugging at various venues in South Holland, including the Anglia Motel, Fleet, All Saints Church, Holbeach and Gedney Drove End on Saturday and Sunday.

For more details, visit www.transportedart.com