Cupar’s Picnic In The Park

Cupar is counting down to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year – and the collaboration of community groups who helped deliver Cupar’s Celebration Weekend last September have gathered and are planning a Picnic in The Park on Sunday 5th June. Everyone is invited! 

On 6th February this year, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service. To mark and celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives are planned up and down the country – culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. It is on this weekend that Cupar is holding a Picnic in the Park.

Some of the plans are detailed below, but more will be announced as we countdown to the event …

What is planned – with estimated times!

Cupar’s Jubilee Picnic (1100-1700) in the Haugh Park for people to enjoy their own picnic … to just sit back and enjoy the day!

  • The picnic gives people the opportunity to come together, to celebrate friendship, family and community.
  • Bring a teddy! We will be encouraging children (and grown ups) to bring their teddies … and if you’d like to dress your teddy bears in right Royal outfits, even better!
  • Dress to impress! If you want to dress up yourselves as Princes, Princesses, Kings and Queens … there may even be spot prizes on the day!
  • What are we going to need?
    • Bins and bin liners (the essentials!), helpers to keep the park tidy and the bins emptied through the day.
    • A face painter or two?
    • First Aiders and a ‘tidy up’ team for the end of the day.
    • Can you help? Then get in touch using this link.

The Jubilee Eco-Friendly Catwalk (1210-1300) based at the Park’s bandstand, we will see a recycled fashion parade. On the Royal theme, famously, Prince William met Kate when they studied at St Andrews University – and William spied Kate when she took part in one of the University’s charity fashion shows. That was twenty years ago!

  • Pre-loved fashion: we want to capture some of the catwalk magic and invite entries for an up-cycled fashion parade and competition where outfits using pre-loved fashion and accessories will be used to showcase the possibilities of second-hand clothes as well as Cupar as an an eco-friendly – and very stylish – community!
  • Competition: there are only two rules: only old clothes can be up-cycled to create the fabulous outfits and any outfits must fit the themes – ‘Royal’, ‘Platinum’ … or both! The show depends on numbers, so please spread the word! And we are planning prizes for the best outfits in three age categories: up to 10, 11-17 and 18+.
  • What we are going to need: as we countdown, there’s a whole host of ‘stuff’ that’s needed:
    • Bunting to decorate
    • Flowers to decorate
    • Music for the show
    • Forms (so we know who is performing and what their outfits include – and from where they have sourced the fashion items)
    • Can you help with any of these items? Then get in touch via this link.

The Great Cupar’s Cake & Bake Competition! (1200) Calling all aspiring bakers. This is going to be a competition for the best decorated cakes and bakes. We are asking you to provide entries for our cake and baking competition … and we hope that you’ll donate all produce for a great bake sale that will take place after the judging is complete.

  • Categories: ‘Savoury’ and ‘Sweet’ … your interpretations!
  • Age groups for the competition: up to 10, 11-17 and 18+.
  • Prizes: there will be prizes for the best in each – so six in total.
  • All produce must be delivered for the cake & bake competition stand (by the big tree, next to the bandstand) no later than 1130.
  • IMPORTANT: All produce must be clearly labelled with:
    • The name of the cake/bake
    • Your name, age and telephone number
    • Details of any ingredients so we can share when selling

All the monies raised from the cake/bake sale will be given to the new Community Crowdfund that is being oversee by Cupar Development Trust to help support ongoing community events and activities in the town.

Come rain or shine …

We’ll all be hoping for a sunny day! Regardless of the weather, The Sunshine Kitchen will be serving a celebratory Afternoon Tea between 1300-1700 at The Corn Exchange. A kitchen project for young adults with additional needs, The Sunshine Kitchen make delicious food from locally-sourced produce in a supportive work environment …

Numbers are limited (75) and tickets will be available for this event the week before – on sale at The Lighthouse (on Bonnygate) as well as on the door with the support of the Rotary Club of Cupar volunteers. We are thankful to Cupar Development Trust for their support.

Live Acoustic Music (throughout the day): the bandstand will be the stage for some celebratory sounds on the day with bands and musicians playing short sets. We have …

  • Cupar’s Pipe Band (1130-1200) playing the new Platinum Jubilee tune, Dui Regnare, by Stuart Liddle
  • Ray Kelly (1330-1400)
  • Cupar Amateur Museical Society (1400-1430)

The Lord Lieutenant of Fife (Robert Balfour, Esq.) will visit, as will Wendy Chamberlain MP, and Willie Rennie MSP.

We think we have a PA system! But we’re always happy to hear from you if you can help with a PA – or if you are a performer and would like a slot on the bandstand on the day. If you can help, get in touch via this link.

Raffle (1500): in the countdown to the Picnic, businesses in and around Cupar have been giving us produce to help support a raffle. Tickets are being sold in advance as well as on the day – and the raffle will be drawn at 3pm. Those selling the tickets will take a name and phone number to write on the back of the tickets: if you can’t be there on the day or have to leave by the time the raffle is drawn, they’ll be in touch after the event with info on your prize … or prizes!

Plant Sale (1600): as we tick towards the event close, we are looking to sell off any plants that have been used during the day.

More activities remain in the planning stage and may be added to this, affecting the running order. We will do all we can to keep this up to date – and please check CuparNow’s social media feeds in the countdown and on the day where we will share more. Thank you!


How to get involved?

This will be a community celebration – and a community effort. We’d love people to get involved. Please use the email links in the above – or get in touch with Mairi Lumsden who is leading the team of volunteers on this amazing project. Most of all – spread the word and come along on the day … with your friends, family and colleagues to enjoy the fun. And if you are sharing anything on social about the event before, during or after – please use #CuparJubileePicnic


Who will benefit?

This event is free. The organisers will be looking to help raise money from sponsorship to cover the costs of staging the event. Any surplus from such support – or from sales of any cakes on the day – will go towards a new Community Fund overseen by Cupar Development Trust that will help to support community events and initiatives ongoing.


Need more?

We would like to thank all those who have stepped up to help deliver this event: the organising committee – led by Mairi Lumsden – includes Jauhara Bell, Brogan Coll, Colin Dewar, Fiona Dewar, Claire Jones, Penny Mackenzie, Bill Pagan, Steven Stewart and Melissa Young. If you’d like to get in touch, please use this link to drop an email to Mairi Lumsden. Thank you!


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