A PICNIC party is set to come to Bicester next week allowing people to eat, drink and enjoy a safe family day out.

Popup Picnic Bicester will bring comedians, music and food to a farm near the town for 'the UK’s first socially-distanced outdoor event'.

People can grab a picnic blanket and book a ‘bubble’ for up to six people before enjoying live entertainment outdoors from stand-ups, singers and bands in the safety of their own two-metre ‘safe zone’.

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Taking place July 21-26 at Hill View Farm at Poundon, just west of Bicester, each day will feature hours of comedian acts, tribute acts and mass karaoke sing-alongs dubbed ‘Mass-i-Oke’.

Headlining next week are comedians Matt Richardson, Mock the Week’s Hal Cruttenden and Andrew Maxwell, and multi-award winning Jayde Adams.

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There will also be tribute acts of popular artists such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, Take That, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

Picnic-goers can enjoy a ‘neon-tastic’ 80s party night from UK band Bloomfield Avenue and a family hour with fun and games for all the family hosted by The Perry Sisters.

Food will be provided by local suppliers, including vegan and vegetarian options, as well as a choice of craft beer, ale, ciders, wine, spirits and cocktails.

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To operate safely, all stands will be distanced and environmentally-friendly disposable crockery and cutlery will be used.

Popup Picnic’s Toby Darvill, said: “Most of us have been stuck indoors for the last four months, watching in desperation as our summer holiday and festival plans have been cancelled one after the other.

“It’s been truly heartbreaking and we’re on a rescue mission to change all that with Popup Picnics, drag everyone out of the doldrums and get us all back where we belong this summer – in a field on a farm, enjoying great food, belly laughs and loads of fun with friends and family.

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“Of course, we will be implementing strict social distancing measures to ensure the safety of all of our guests, including the two-metre safe zones around each bubble, social distancing measures in operation across the site, an abundance of free hand sanitiser stations, contactless payment and clearly marked one-way routes.

“Contact details will be taken to allow for track and trace if necessary and we will have staff on hand to ensure that social distancing etiquette is understood and followed.”

A limited number of free tickets for the festival will be made available for NHS workers and children under the age of three years old.

For more information and to book all-day tickets or passes for individual sessions, go to www.popup-picnic.com