Join a day of fun and picnics at Whitlingham to celebrate National Parks Week

The Broads is inviting everyone to help celebrate National Parks Week with a day of fun, entertainment and picnics at Whitlingham Country Park on Sunday 24 July.

“The Broads Authority’s free Picnic in the Park, held at the gateway to the Broads, right on the edge of Norwich, celebrates all the fun that the Broads National Park has to offer,” said Nick Sanderson, the Authority’s Education Officer.

With a festive atmosphere provided by music 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, and have a go at circus skills, geocaching, outdoor games, woodcraft activities, crafts, badge making and lots more! Most of these activities will be free but there will be charges for some of the bigger activities.

Over 15 stands from charities, businesses and other organisations will include Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Broads Society, the RSPB, the Raptor Trust, Fairhaven Garden plants, Broadland District Council giving climate change advice, and the Broads Authority. The Barn Café in the visitor centre will be open and ice creams will be on sale.

Everyone is invited to bring their picnics along from 11am to 4pm to herald the start of National Parks Week, which runs from Monday 25 until Sunday 31 July. The week is planned to encourage people to get outside and make the most of their national parks.

A second Broads Authority event during the week – a free Family Treasure Hunt – will be held at Whitlingham on Wednesday 27 July, 11am to 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 Wednesday 10 August.

All three events take place at Whitlingham Country Park, Whitlingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8TR. The normal fees for the car parks will apply.

More details of Broads events from www.enjoythebroads.com

National Parks Week is an annual celebration of the amazing places, things and people to be found within the boundaries of the 15 members of the national park family. The national parks are currently calling for nominations for their annual UK National Parks Volunteer Awards.

The awards enable the parks to thank volunteers for the thousands of hours of service, effort and dedication they contribute every year, helping to make the national parks Britain's most treasured landscapes.

To nominate a deserving individual, young person, group, or project for 2016, visit: www.nationalparks.gov.uk/volunteerawards

Wednesday 20 July 2016