Discover National Parks Fortnight kicks off this weekend

This Saturday (6 April) marks the start of Discover National Parks Fortnight - a two-week celebration across the UK with events and experiences running throughout the Easter holidays to inspire people of all ages and interests to go outside and explore and learn more about these special places.

The UK's fifteen National Parks are each unique - some have high mountains, others meandering wetlands and others dramatic coastlines. They offer infinite opportunities to explore, learn, relax and unwind, whether it’s a gentle family walk with little ones exploring every tree and flower along the way, action adventures to tempt teens away from their phones or cultural events exploring the special history of the National Parks. Find out about the wide range of events and activities at nationalparks.uk/discover

Horsey Mill © Tom Mackie

This year’s celebrations mark the 70th Anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act that paved the way for the establishment of National Parks in the UK. John Packman, Chief Executive of the Broads Authority which looks after the Broads National Park said:  

“The fifteen National Parks were created to protect and care for special landscapes across the UK, and to do this on behalf of everyone in the country. So the 70th Anniversary is a perfect moment for us to encourage people - whether they live in a National Park or in the middle of a city - to discover the extraordinary variety and inspiring stories of the fifteen National Parks.

“The news is full of stories about how important it is for our physical and mental health to spend time in nature, especially with the spiralling effects of social media and digital technology on the pace of life. National Parks offer some of the best places in the country to switch off, to experience and connect with our landscape, wildlife, friends, families and ourselves.

“Discover National Parks is also about highlighting why the UK’s National Parks are globally distinctive, and why we need everyone to help us care for them. Unlike many National Parks around the world, ours are living landscapes, full of natural and human life – with many villages, towns and even cities within them. We do not have gates or entry fees, people live and work here. This means that we are working models for a sustainable future, that other parts of the UK and the world can learn from.”

Just some of the activities to try in the Broads during Discover National Parks Fortnight include spotting the signs of spring at Hickling with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on 08 April, getting onto the water with Whitlingham Adventure on 14 April and learning all about our amazing wildlife at the Norfolk Festival of Nature from 12 to 14 April.

Join in with #NationalParksFortnight2019 and #DiscoverNationalParks throughout the year. A list of more than 70 supporting events and activities across the fifteen National Parks will be live from 4pm on Friday 5 April on nationalparks.uk/discover

Friday 5 April 2019