The Broads is inviting everyone to help it celebrate National Parks Week with a day of fun and entertainment at Whitlingham Country Park on Sunday 26 July.
The Broads Authority’s free Picnic in the Park, held at the gateway to the Broads yet right on the edge of Norwich, celebrates all the fun that the Broads National Park 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 27 July until Sunday 2 August. The week is planned to encourage people to get outside and make the most of their national parks.
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, pot throwing, woodcraft activities, crafts, badge making and lots more! Most of these will be free but there will be charges for some of the bigger activities. There will be arts and crafts stalls from local producers as well. The normal fees for the car parks will apply.
Over 20 stands include Norfolk Wildlife Trust, the Broads Society and Fairhaven Gardens plants, as well as the Broads Authority, Broadland District Council giving climate change advice, charities and businesses. The cafe in the visitor centre will be open and ice creams will be available.
A second Broads Authority event during the week – a free family treasure hunt – will be held at Whitlingham Country Park on Wednesday 29 July, 10am 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 12 August.
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.