No matter where you live, National Parks Week is a great reason to get out in the fresh air and explore some of the beautiful parks and scenery around the UK.
This year’s National Parks Week theme is about bringing people together to celebrate some of Britain’s best breathing spaces. If you’re lucky enough to be away with the kids this week enjoying the school holidays, why not look up some of the fun events that are taking place the during National Parks Week – there’s something for all of the family, including delicious farmers’ markets, treasure trails for the little ones, seaside safaris and lots of local food and drinks to enjoy too.
There’s a full list of National Park events for this week and throughout the year at: National Parks Events
A few ideas for National Parks Week 2017
To get everyone in the mood there is ParkFest, a completely FREE two-day summer arts and music festival at The Moors National Park Centre, in the North York Moors.
Glenmore Summer Challenges run every day during National Parks Week from 10am to 4pm. Glenmore, in the Cairngorms National Park. The events look like being great fun for all ages, including a selfie challenge. the mini beast hunt and even tree bingo! For all this it costs just Cost £2 per person.
The Broads National Park is hosting free family events on 23 and 26 July at Whitlingham Country Park (some activities aren’t free, like boat rides, but entry is.) There will be food on offer, music, family activities, arts and crafts so take a picnic and have a great day out in the ‘Gateway to the Broads’.
On Saturday 29 July Northumberland National Park opens its new state-of-the-art visitor centre on Hadrian’s Wall and there will be exhibitions, a café, and a shop full of lovely things to see, enjoy ad buy.
Tomorrow is Wild Wednesday! The Yorkshire Dales park plays host to a free event for 5-12 year olds and their parents on Wednesday 26 July. Kids need to bring an adult and meet at Frank’s Bridge, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria (you’ll also need shoes you can paddle in and a towel)
The South Downs National Park will have free family fun in Sussex and Hampshire – kids can learn how to make a bug hotel, get crafty making wildlife sashes and lots more, accompanied by Wildlife Rangers who can answer questions and share lots of handy local tips spotting wildlife over the school holidays.
Kathryn Cook, UK Director, National Parks UK says:
“These are just a few of the amazing activities and events on offer in and around National Parks Week so do check our website to find out more. Our 15 National Parks are great places to visit all year round with space for the whole family to enjoy – so check out our top 15 lists for ideas, pack up a picnic and get out into your favourite National Park or visit one that you haven’t been to before.
“And if you’re stuck for ideas to keep the children occupied this summer check out our Mission: Explore National Parks adventure book – with 49 missions to keep them entertained all summer.”
For more information and to find fun, free and low-cost events all over the summer, visit www.nationalparks.gov.uk/visiting/national-parks-week
There are also some helpful ideas on how to get yourself and the rest of the family active, with walking routes, cycling trails, accessible routes and even star-gazing.
Have fun in the park this summer!
(Images from National Parks UK )