The Samford Wellbeing Trail and the Big Picnic

The Samford Wellbeing Trail and the Big Picnic

The Samford Wellbeing Trail and the Big Picnic is being held this Saturday 20 October, there are signs everywhere but what is it, what’s it all about?

Over the next three weeks, Samford is expected to be a hive of activity with many wonderful events planned to celebrate 100 years of the Village officially being formed in 1918 when the railway line came to Samford.

These events start at 10 am on Saturday with a FREE Wellbeing Trail throughout Samford where you can visit up to 17 sites which are conducting activities involving health and wellbeing professionals such as physiotherapists, medicos, sports coaches, Pilates, pharmacists, and fitness experts to name a few. There are many activities and freebies to take away as a reminder of your experience. You can grab a trail passport at any of the 17 participating sites on the day and have it stamped at each site. The more stamps the more entries in a major prize draw of over $2,000 in prizes and as a tip there are 2 bonus entries each for visiting the “off the beaten track” sites 12, 13, 14 & 15. As part of some of the activities, you could make a pedal-powered smoothie, wander through a Zen garden enjoying Bonsai art, have your blood pressure checked or try your hand at the Giant Jenga. You can check out all the activities here and plan your day…/wellbeing-trail-big-picnic.

Samford is also a great spot just to sit and enjoy nature so if you’re not keen or able to participate in the activities you can still enjoy the day with the “Big Picnic” in John Scott Park commemorating the picnic that never was in 1947. The Camp Mountain train disaster happened on 5 May 1947 when a crowded picnic train derailed, due to excessive speed, between Ferny Grove and Camp Mountain stations on the now-closed Dayboro line. It is still recorded in history as the largest loss of life in a rail accident on the Queensland railway network with 16 fatalities and 38 injured.

You can BYO your picnic or why not pre-order a picnic hamper online from… supplied by some of the great eateries in town and with prices starting at $8 there’s something delicious for everyone. And you don’t need to worry about the grass being wet as there will be a Long Table option set up with chairs and tablecloths to add to the ambiance of the day.

There will be a mini trackless train at John Scott Park and if you wish you can catch the FREE shuttle bus between all of the 17 points on the trail. Parking will be available at the Bowls Club, Soccer Club, and St Paul’s Church and there will be signs showing how to get to them.

Many other free events are running until 11 November including a Festival on 3 November, Markets, Tributes to local Diggers for the Qld Anzac 100 commemoration and you can obtain further information here

The Samford Wellbeing Trail is a proud initiative of Samford Commons with 22 partners and sponsors throughout the Moreton Bay Region.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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