People can raise a toast to 10 years of Wolverhampton being a Fairtrade City at a special picnic next month.

The Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership is holding a free event for all the family at Bantock Park on Saturday 10 May, 2014 - also World Fairtrade Day - between 12pm and 3pm.

Visitors are encouraged to show their support for Fairtrade by bringing along their own picnics with the challenge to include at least one Fairtrade item.

Fairtrade vintage teas will be served up by the Friends of Bantock House and Park while the popular Courtyard Café will also be offering Fairtrade coffee and snacks.

Teddy bears are welcome to join in the fun at a special teddy bear's picnic, and visitors are also invited to try their luck on vintage games from Bantock House Museum.

Ann Bickley from Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership said: "We're delighted to be celebrating 10 years of Wolverhampton being a Fairtrade City and we're hoping as many people as possible are able to join us at our Fairtrade picnic to mark this important anniversary.

"Wolverhampton was first awarded Fairtrade status by the Fairtrade Foundation in 2004, and we've worked hard to uphold that honour ever since, working with the local community as well as with national and international organisations to promote Fairtrade.

"Our aim is to raise awareness of Fairtrade products and encourage Wolverhampton's residents, visitors and businesses to switch to Fairtrade wherever possible. By choosing Fairtrade products, people can help to make a big difference to the lives of farmers in the developing world by ensuring they get a fair price for the food, flower and cotton products they produce.

"We're hoping that families will get a flavour of the wide range of Fairtrade products that are available by joining us at the picnic on 10 May - and also take the chance to look around the fascinating Bantock House Museum and enjoy its splendid park and gardens."

  • released: Wednesday 23 April, 2014