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Picnic record attempt at king HQ

Shaw House
Shaw House has recently been restored to its former glory

Visitors to a restored Elizabethan mansion in Berkshire are being invited to take part in a record attempt for the world's biggest picnic.

Shaw House near Newbury was King Charles I's headquarters during the English Civil War.

The Grade I listed building was built for a cloth merchant in 1581 and has a royal suite constructed for Queen Anne.

The attempt to stage the world's largest picnic will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 25 May.

Participants must bring at least two courses to Shaw House's east lawn and be ready to start their meals at 1300 BST.

The event is part of National Family Week and the house will also be open to the public.

It has recently been restored after it was awarded more than £4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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