On Saturday 25th August 2018, Northwood House will be the venue for the Isle of Wight Scouts Giant Teddy Bears Picnic, from 2pm to 5pm. Absolutely Everyone on the Island is welcome to come along, just bring one or more Teddy Bears and a Picnic and join us for an afternoon of fun and games.

There will be a small admission charge – The afternoon will be to raise funds for IW Scouts, Northwood House and Children In Need, so we would ask for a minimum donation of £2 for everyone attending.


See below for competition categories (keep checking as more will be added)


We’ll have some VIP guests and some VIC guests (Very Important Cuddlies). So far we’ve got confirmation of:

  • PUDSEY BEAR will be making a personal visit.
  • CAPTAIN TED FUNNEL will sail the Red Funnel ferry to Cowes.
  • TOBY TOYMASTER will be coming along as he’ll be staying with Nigel Young of the Sports and Model Shop in Shanklin (and Ryde) for that weekend.
  • Our own Beaver Scout mascot STEVE THE BEAVE will be there too.

We’ll have some competitions with prizes for you to win, including…..


In the Picnic Category:

  • The Poshest Picnic
  • The most unusual picnic item
  • The best decorated cake (sponge or fruit)
  • The most appropriate picnic for a Teddy
  • More to come


In the Cuddlies category:

  • The most loved Teddy (Other Cuddlies accepted in all categories)
  • The Tattiest Teddy
  • The poshest Teddy
  • The furthest Travelled Teddy (photo required)
  • The Ugliest Teddy
  • The Prettiest Teddy
  • The Most Colourfull Teddy
  • The Oldest Teddy
  • More to come


We won’t have any food for sale on site, but we will have an ice cream van!

We’ll have some activities for everyone to do (for adonation), including:

  • Giant Jenga
  • Giant Connect 4
  • Nerf Shooting range
  • A Teddy Bear Zip Wire
  • More to come!

There’ll be plenty to do and we make one request – any Scout group or section attending should bring a fundraising activity, so there’s even more for our Young People and our visitors to do.

We’re in the official IW Tourist guide: https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/iw-scouts-giant-teddy-bears-picnic-p1549931

So go on, dig out those old Teddies in the attic, grab your family, friends, car rug and a picnic and come and have one last adventure at the end of the Summer Holidays! There’ll be prizes to win, VIPs to meet and LOADS OF FUN!

There’s a car park (£4 per car) in the grounds of the House, look for our signs.  If you have mobility issues please tell our car park staff.


Message to any Leaders, Explorers or Network members: We still need some more helpers,  please.

  1. to help Wendy and Becky run the car park
  2. to help Graham support the VICs
  3. to help collect entry donations
  4. To help run a couple of the activities we’ve already planned

Can leaders bring a Hi-Viz please.

If you’re bringing equipment you can drive along the access path – maximum 10mph with Hazzard lights on.

Download our poster (pdf) here or our banner photo here   print it out and put it on you HQ notice board, website, Facebook page or anywhere else you can think of. Incidently, you’ll see banners appear advertising the event from next week.

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