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Picnic in the Park, Newlands, Wellington, 2012

Picnic in the Park, Newlands, Wellington, 2012

A poster advertises the 'Picnic in the Park' at Newlands, Wellington, in 2012. Community picnics remain popular, although they no longer have the central role they held in 19th- and early-20th-century social calendars. Modern crowds often have picnic meals at events such as summer open-air concerts. Children's picnic games are often non-competitive events such as playing on bouncy castles, as opposed to the races and competitions of earlier community picnics.

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Peter Clayworth, 'Picnics and barbecues - Sunday drives and picnic spots', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013