IF you went down to Cove’s Craigrownie Park last Tuesday you were sure of a big surprise.

That’s because the park was awash with around 50 excited tots, parents and volunteers from a local parent and child group who were out to play at their Teddybears Picnic.

Member Julia Barr, said: "The park was very full on the day, we were delighted with the turnout. The children had fun on the play equipment and the parents enjoyed chatting to one another.

"We had a fantastic response. The children really enjoyed letting off steam, having a picnic lunch and then joining in with some teddy-themed songs, and lots of people agreed that it was really well-organised."

Julia extended her thanks to the organising committee for all their efforts in creating a "wonderful community event." She also thanked everyone who went along on the day because "it wouldn't have been a success without their support."

Cove Stay and Play, which is based at Cove Burgh Hall, welcomed regulars and newcomers to the event to socialise and have a snack in the sunshine at the redeveloped park.

The group was set up with the aim of providing a space for children to play and for parents to meet and catch up.

Dozens of parents and children turned out at the event, which showcased just some of the activities enjoyed by those who attend the group – with songs and plenty of play.

Regular member Jill Lee told the Advertiser: “Having moved to the area relatively recently, I have found Cove Stay and Play invaluable in getting to know other parents and children in the area.

“My two children love going along and playing with their friends each week.

“It’s a really friendly and welcoming group, with members coming from all over the Rosneath Peninsula and beyond.”

Although the weather stayed nice enough for everyone to stay outside in the park, organisers were prepared with Cove Burgh Hall had the heavens opened.

The Cove Stay and Play group meet on Tuesdays from 12.45-2.45pm.

Children benefit from a variety of toys and games and babies have their own dedicated play area with soft toys and baby gyms.

The group have recently added a Wednesday morning session, which runs from 9.45-11am and focuses on music and craft activities.

For more information on Cove Stay and Play visit their Facebook page