Music from the movies sets scene for fundraising picnic and concert in Keynsham

Published on: 30 Jun 2017

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Some of cinema’s most well-known tunes will be setting the scene for a summer picnic that aims to raise money for two good causes this month.

Bath Philharmonia will be taking to the stage at an open-air concert at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park on Saturday, July 15, to perform “Music from the Movies”.

Families and music lovers are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy as they listen to classic and modern hits from a range of films.

The event has been organised in aid of Jessie May, the Bristol-based children’s hospice at home charity, and St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.

Doug Douglas, Avon Valley’s owner and managing director, said: “This is set to be a wonderful one-off charity event in the park grounds to be enjoyed by all ages. Not only will guests experience a picnic in the park listening to the wonderful tones of the Bath Philharmonic Orchestra, we are also inviting people to enjoy an early admission to see what the park has to offer before settling down for the evening of summer entertainment.

“All profits will be donated to two charities very close to our hearts – Jessie May and St Richard’s Hospice. Both of these causes do fantastic work in caring for and supporting those with terminal illnesses and we hope to be able to raise a great amount for them with this special event.”

Jessie May head of fundraising, Julian Withers, added: “We are thoroughly looking forward to the picnic and concert at Avon Valley Wildlife Park this summer, it sounds like a fabulous event for families, friends and couples and we’re delighted to have been chosen by Doug as a charity beneficiary.

“The funds will go towards continuing our care of the local children and their families who need us. Our specialist nurses provide medical, emotional and bereavement support and offer much-needed respite time for parents and siblings. It costs around £1,200,000 to provide this care yearly so support like this is vital.”

Tickets include park entry from 2pm and the concert performance, which starts at 5.30pm. Earlybird tickets are available now from £18 for adults and £15 for children and students (children under six go free).

There are also group discount tickets and gazebo pitches available.

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  • Photo: Martin Tompkins

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