Over 1,000 fans flock to Sylvanian Families anniversary picnic

Guests were treated to live performances of singing and dancing from the Sylvanian characters.
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Epoch making toys continued its 30th anniversary celebrations for Sylvanian Families yesterday with a giant picnic for over 1,000 fans at Hatchlands Park, National Trust in Surrey.

Guests, some of whom flew in from Australia and Hong Kong, were treated to live performances of singing and dancing from the Sylvanian mascot characters.

There was also a host of fun activities for young fans to do, including face painting, a giant pass the parcel, musical chairs, colouring and other party games.

A display of vintage Sylvanian Families toys was popular, while in the afternoon, everyone stood on the lawn in front of the Hatchlands Georgian mansion, and formed a giant #SylvanianSelfie, before heading home with their goodie bag.

Many guests enjoyed the Sylvanian Families Nature Trail for the first time. The trail opened in the woodland within the grounds of the park in May, and is a permanent visitor attraction at Hatchlands Park.

Epoch is holding a similar event for Sylvanian Families’ fans in the north at Wallington National Trust in Northumberland on Saturday, August 1st 2015.

“We were thrilled to put on this event for our Sylvanian Families’ fans," said Sally Carnall, marketing manager at Epoch making toys.

"Everyone seemed to have a great day and it was lovely to see old and new fans coming together to celebrate the 30th anniversary. Hatchlands Park National Trust was the perfect venue, with the beautiful Georgian mansion a stunning backdrop to all the party activities, and of course the Sylvanian Families Nature Trail is in the grounds of the park, and already proving very popular since we launched it in May.

"We’re already looking forward to our second event next month in the north.”

Check out the giant Sylvanian selfie below:

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