Country park picnic on edge of city celebrates National Parks Week

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The Broads is inviting families to help it celebrate National Parks Week in its 25th anniversary year with a day of fun and entertainment at Whitlingham Country Park on Sunday July 27th.

The Broads Authority’s free Picnic in the Park, held at the gateway to the Broads yet right on the edge of Norwich, encapsulates the fun that the Broads has to offer.

Everyone is invited to bring their picnics along from 11am to 4pm to herald the start of National Parks Week which runs from Monday July 28th until Sunday 3rd August under the theme ‘Space to Grow’. The week is to encourage people to get outside and make the most of their national parks.

With a festive atmosphere provided by gigs from Hard Rain, people can hire canoes on the Great Broad, take a trip on the solar boat ‘Ra’, discover what lives in the lake, learn about wildlife, have a go at  circus skills, outdoor games, archery, pot throwing,  woodcraft activities, crafts, and  badge making.  Most of these will be free but there will be charges for some of the bigger activities. The normal fees for the car parks will apply.

Over 20 stands include the Wind Energy Museum, RSPB, and Fairhaven Gardens plants, as well as the Broads Authority, Broadland District Council giving climate change advice, charities and businesses. The café in the visitor centre will be open and ice creams will be available.

Nick Sanderson, Broads Authority Education Officer, said: “It will be a great day out for families, visitors and local people with a huge variety of things to do and the chance to learn more about  Britain’s magical waterland. The event has been really successful in past years and I’d really recommend everyone takes advantage of this great day out.”

A second Broads Authority event during the week – a free family treasure hunt – will be held at Whitlingham Country Park on Wednesday July 30th 10am – 2pm. Learn how to read a map and follow the treasure trail with a prize at the end. And if you can’t make it this time the event will be repeated on August 13th.
National Parks Week is an annual celebration of the amazing places, people, and things to be found within the boundaries of the 15 members of the National Parks family.
Minister for the Environment, Richard Benyon, said: “National Parks Week is a wonderful way of reminding us what we have on our doorsteps, and I hope that as many people as possible take the opportunity to visit their nearest park and enjoy the beautiful scenery and activities on offer.”

For further information contact: Hilary Franzen, Press Officer, on 01603 610734; mob: 07775 563030;


Monday 21 July 2014