The Big Picnic!

  • June 20, 2010 · 2:00 PM
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Meet up rumor has it that a mega picnic of some sort is on the cards this summer with a number of largish London meetup groups. I'm game if they are! A number of us discussed this after the big Scott Hefernan Powwow last month, and texted one another afterwards. Someone needs to get our collective thumb out and pick a location, date and time. We'll sort something out picnic wise one way or another with this group~ so hold the date! We will be there from 2:00pm till very late! (and in numbers, there are over 3,150 members of this meetup group alone!) It will be daylight until 9:45, and there is a pub inside the park~ The Palm Tree. There is also The Victoria and The Arts Pavilion for use of toilets. For further directions and exact details see bellow!

You Must Bring
A blanket, bottled water for yourself.

Map
http://www.streetmap....

Directions
Once at Clinton and Grove:(a 2Min walk from Mile End tube) Clinton Road is off Grove Road between the Texaco gas station and a Railway viaduct, across the street from Litchfield Road. Enter Clinton Road and head strait into the park, there'll be a blue hobbit house/ telletubby type structure built into the side of a hill with a sign on it saying "Arts Pavilion". Take a right as you face this structure and walk along the path. We are on the opposite side of the hill structure and the pond, but before the canal. Look for the (what can only be described as..) deformed cement chickens.. or sunnyside up eggs sculptures. (?? your guess is as good as mine as to what they are supposed to be: )) Or better yet look out for the BBQ grill and the friendly folks on the beautiful grassy green! Transport
By Tube: get to Mile End Tube via Central, District or Hammersmith and City Lines. When you exit the station (only one exit) you will be facing North. Take the nearest large intersection street to your right, this will be Grove/ Mile end. head north on Grove till you reach the Texaco and Railway viaduct. This is Clinton Road (which is signed). Enter the park and join the BBQ! By Bus: The 25 and 205 run 24 hours from Central London (Oxford Street, Holborn, ChanceryLane The City or Baker Street, Kings Cross, Old Street respectively ) and stop at Mile End. The 277, 339, D6 & D7 buses stop right outside the park at Clinton street at the Lichfield road stop.

By Car: There is ample side street parking nearby, but cannot be guaranteed!

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  • Dee

    I think the first person who gave their feedback after the event saying that 150 people turned up was obviously at another meet up event!! ... My response is very late in coming, but I still wanted to have my say! I thought the directions to find the spot were very accurate, but I suppose things like 'Telly-Tubby' style building etc. may have been a little confusing for some not familiar with such things... I don't mind going to another part of London other than Central London for a change, but I imagine that there were probably some prettier spots that could have been selected. The day was mostly good accept for the end bit, but the less said about that the better. It's a shame that so many people couldn't find the venue.

    August 24, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    it was a really sunny day, nice for alfesco food.

    Couldnt find the group for as while, as i was expecting bigger numbers.

    would be easier if group have a flag to look out for?.

    June 23, 2010

  • robert h.

    We were inside the park until about 6 some of the group moved onto the Palm Tree pub as mentioned in the details during the afternoon while some stayed in the meeting spot until this time. The starting time was 2pm and while im not the organiser of this group the people who came to late missed it. Had a gd time in the afternoon, thanks Wilber!

    June 21, 2010

  • Preeya

    got there around 6...couldn't find it either

    June 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It wasnt a hit as seems very blême. Disappointing one!

    June 20, 2010

  • Shonya

    Sorry I could not find the meet up group!

    June 20, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Big Picnic was very big indeed!!! 150 people turned up :). We split up into 3 groups... All very friendly and nice people. Everybody exchanged facebook and email addresses:). In the evening when i was leaving i heard that people are still coming to join the big picnic.
    It was a good experience

    June 20, 2010

  • Wilber W.

    The Big Picnic! Rocks! x ; )

    June 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love the way people are whinging about this being "East London" and miles from anywhere! It's only a short 15 mins of your life on the Central Line from Oxford Circus, or 5 mins from Liverpool Street.
    Note that this weekend is the FREE Paradise Gardens festival in Victoria Park, a quick 5-10 mins stroll from the meetup. See http://www.paradisegardensfestival.org.uk for details.

    June 18, 2010

  • Wilber W.

    Sure, John. ; ) I think weekend parking is in effect, but don't quote me on that! x

    June 17, 2010

  • john c.

    nah !! mile end is good cos some peeps can drive there ,where as you cant park any where in central london :)

    June 17, 2010

  • Wilber W.

    Clearly, by the interest registered, there are going to be SEVERAL Hundred enjoying the good weather. Why Mile End?~Lots of good suggestions (& interest) but we have PERMISSION to be at Mile End; It's tough to get a booking at a Central London or Royal park for any group of number~ I invite anyone in the group to get permission to bring a sizable number to any of the parks mentioned for any weekend day this summer and I will make it a meetup! x THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT! xx

    June 17, 2010

  • john c.

    does any one know if there's any free parking as its on a sunday !?

    June 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mile End Park is as Central as other parks recommended on here. Anyone here planning to go there from NW part of London who wants to hook up? The weather is going to be good, so it should be a great afternoon.

    June 17, 2010

  • Tania B.

    What a shame it's East London. Is there any poss of changing the location please Wilbur? To something central for all? East London is just a tiny bit of a pain for many people.
    Delete

    June 17, 2010

  • Karim

    Mile End!!! Sorry That is too far. I prefer central london.

    June 17, 2010

  • Claire

    Make it Victoria Park! xx

    June 16, 2010

  • Shonya

    Who organise the picnic? And where is the picnic?

    June 12, 2010

  • Kathryn

    Where's the picnic at?? Have we decided?? Can't wait :(

    June 10, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Greenwich............ It's great!

    June 9, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I vote for Greenwich !!!

    June 9, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Regents park ? Paliment hill

    June 9, 2010

  • mazzy

    It definitely needs to be somewhere central for everyone as probably a lot of us live outside London.

    June 5, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    how about primrose hill in NW ldn?

    June 2, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think Richmond Park with it's 2,500 acres of parkland is perfect for a picnic for such a large numbers.

    May 21, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can provide portable power supply with music if Trent Park is the venue.

    May 18, 2010

  • terrie p.

    how about danson park in bexleyheath, its a huge field with a nice boating lake and a scenic rock garden, there is also a duck pond and a play park. its lovely there and is big enough to accomodate a large group .

    May 1, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Trent park is certainly not central, but def a good location:)

    April 29, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Trent Park has it all..... A 414-acre Country Park, which includes a beautiful rustic woodland and rolling meadows with large open spaces. There is also a visitor?s centre, cafeteria, lakes and toilets. You can also go jogging, cycling, horse riding and other casual recreation including a BBQ area.
    Trent Park can accommodate 100's of people in any one of the open spaces.

    April 28, 2010

  • Emma

    It looks like there are going to be quite alot of us so maybe one of the bigger parks like Hyde Park

    April 28, 2010

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