Joy at bring-your-toy picnic event as families celebrate opening of new open space in Dunmow

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Families enjoyed a teddy bear picnic on Saturday, which saw many much-loved toys scattered into the sky during a throwing competition.

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Saturday marked the opening of Castleden Meadow, an open space in Dunmow to be enjoyed by everyone.

To celebrate the occasion, Great Dunmow Town Council invited families to a picnic where children could bring along their teddy bear and take part in scavenger hunts, a throw-your-teddy competition and traditional games such as Jenga.

Groups could bring their own picnic and enjoy a glass of Pimms from the Pimms tent.

Great Dunmow Mayor, Emma Marcus, officially opened the meadow and was on hand to judge the competitions and prepare the youngsters for the scavenger hunt.

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor

Lenny the Lion is a popular visitor - Credit: Celia Bartlett