Love your park
Love Parks Week was first launched in 2006 to encourage people to visit, enjoy and take pride in their local parks, driving the message that our parks and green spaces are essential to healthy, happy and strong communities.
Love Parks Week is growing year on year and last year the campaign saw 1.4 million participants over 1,1000 events – ranging from street dancing, cycling and boot camps to relaxing yoga and tai chi.
This year’s Love Parks Week runs from 25 July-3 August. Here’s a taster of some of the event’s taking place around the country soon.
Summer Sounds in the Park
Victoria Park, Ilkeston, Derbyshire
28 July, 3pm-7pm
Family fun, children’s entertainment, side stalls and lots of music from the 60s to today’s charts. The afternoon picnic event features balloon modelling, face painting, circus skills, stilt walkers and even a visit from Upsey Daisy and Mickey Mouse. Plus fairground rides, a bouncy castle andfree candy floss on offer.
Letchmire pastures, West Yorkshire
26 July, 2pm-4pm
Join Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Leeds City Council to explore their special habitat and discover the amazing array of dragonflies that make the pasture’s ponds their home. Children welcome but booking is essential – see leeds.gov.uk/letchmirepastures. Don’t forget your wellies!
Family Fun Day
Borough Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset
30 July, 10.30am-4pm
Learn to juggle, build a bird box and take part in free tennis coaching – all at Dorchester’s Borough Gardens this month. There’s mini traction engine rides, Punch and Judy performances, a bouncy castle, a treasure hunt, face painting and a children’s art workshop for youngsters to enjoy. Plus a coconut shy and displays of vintage cars and motorcycles for the grown-ups.
Messing About In The Denes
Darlington, County Durham
25 July, 1-3pm
Join in with a fun-filled afternoon of sports and crafts taking place to celebrate the regeneration of the Denes green spaces. Bring along a picnic and explore the 1.5km park – home to a range of wildlife, including kingfishers, otters and bats. Children under eight can create finger paintings of the park’s wildlife to take home too. Limited parking is available on Widdowfield Street.
Archway Park, Islington
31 July, 10.30am-1pm
Go wild and become a nature detective at Archway Park in Islington this month. Join the Octopus Communities charity for den building, flower planting, wildlife identification lessons and bush craft. Suitable for 5-14 years old, with an accompanying adult.