near Old Windsor
Date(s) - 12-June
Promenades at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Building on the celebrations of the Magna Carta anniversary last year, the National Trust is staging a day of festivities at the riverside meadows at Runnymede to celebrate the 801st anniversary of the sealing of the great charter.
Focusing on families and with the support of Surrey County Council and Surrey Arts, there will be a promenade of giant puppets, which were made by Surrey school children to represent heroes through the ages who promoted ideals of liberty and freedom.
The performances, on three occasions throughout the day, will involve music, mime and dance. The audience will be encouraged to sit around the chairs created by artist Huw Locke and participate, including reciting a poem, which was written to commemorate the 800th anniversary last year.
Alongside these events there will be all-day nature activities, children’s crafts, adventure backpacks, guided walks and a free children’s trail.
Michelle Kent, National Trust Visitor Experience Manager, said: “We want people, young and old, to visit us on Sunday 12 June to commemorate 801 years of Magna Carta.”
“It is a reminder of how special Runnymede is and an opportunity for people to see the sculpture by contemporary artist Huw Locke, building on the celebrations from last year. Bring a picnic and enjoy the festivities, it will be a bright and visual day, with lots for families.”
For more information about Runnymede visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/runnymede
The festivities continue that weekend with the Magna Carta Fair at Egham and fete at Wraysbury.