National Parks Week starts today, so celebrate with these events, activities and things to do, taking place in England’s National Parks this July and August. See England's National Parks on a handy map.
Ranger-led cycle ride, Dartmoor National Park, South West England
6th August, 13:00 at Devon Cycle Hire, Sourton, near Okehampton
The three hour ranger-led cycle ride along The Granite Way is a great way to discover more about the picturesque Dartmoor landscape. Bring your own bike and helmet, or hire them from Devon Cycle Hire. £5 per adult, children free. http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk.
Cream tea and ponies, Exmoor National Park, South West England
31st July, 13:00 - 16:00 at The Exmoor Pony Centre
Enjoy craft making over tea and cake at the Cream Teas and Crafts Afternoon. Pony rides and pony grooming are also available. Admission free. http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk.
Treasure hunt, The Broads, East of England
30th July, 10:00 - 14:00 at Whitlingham Country Park
Celebrate National Parks Week with a family treasure hunt in Trowse, Norwich. Search for clues using the map to guide you and win a prize once you’ve completed the course! Admission free, car park charges apply. www.enjoythebroads.com.
Kids Grow Wild, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North East England
31st July, 11:00 - 15:00 at Winskill
Gather and sow grunting pignut seeds and take part in other exciting games, followed by a tasty picnic in beautiful surroundings at the Kids Grow Wild event. The event at Winskill is suitable for kids aged 7-11, accompanied by parents who want a fun day out doing nature-based activities. £3 adults, kids go free. http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk.
Pirates and smugglers day, South Downs National Park, South East England
31st July, 10:00 - 17:00 at Arundel Castle
Pirates & Smugglers Day teaches kids all about 18th century pirate tales. Children can take part in craft demonstrations, fencing, archery, plus they can be a pirate for the day. Tickets from £9 and kids under 9 go free. http://southdowns.gov.uk.
Dog shows and terrier racing, Northumberland National Park, North East England
3rd August at College Valley
The College Valley Show is set to be a great day of traditional entertainment, including sheepdog trials, dog shows, terrier racing, children’s sports, live music and a BBQ. http://nnpa.org.uk.
A mini safari, Peak District National Park, Central England
2nd August, 11:00 – 15:30 at Miller's Dale Old Station
Drop in to Miller's Dale Old Station for an exploration of nature! The Mini Safari on the Monsal Trail is suitable for families with kids aged 5 to 13. Admission free. http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk.
Minibeast kite making, North York Moors National Park, North East England
30th July, sessions at 10:30 and 14:30 at the Moors National Park Centre
The Minibeast kite making session is perfect for lovers of all things creepy and crawly. Venture around the grounds in search of the most unusual bugs, and afterwards create a minibeast kite inspired by the creepy findings. Kids’ admission is £4 and adults go free. http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk.
Outdoor art exhibition, New Forest National Park, South East England
Until 31st August at New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst
The New Forest is world-renowned for its stunning landscape, picture postcard views and magnificent wildlife. To celebrate this unique environment, the New Forest is hosting an open art competition. See the winning entries in an exhibition which includes paintings, sculpture, textiles and photography. Admission free, artwork for sale. http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk.
A tale of Vikings and monks, Lake District National Park, North West England
3rd August, 10:30am at Hawkshead LDNP car park
Take a leisurely walk through history and soak up spectacular views along the way. You’ll learn about Hawkshead’s fascinating Viking heritage as you ramble through rolling green fields. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome! Admission free. http://lakedistrict.gov.uk.
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