Discover National Parks Events 6-21 April

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Daily until 22 April

Easter Trail at the Highland Folk Museum Cairngorms

10:30am - 5:30pm. No booking required. Cost: £1.50 per trail, includes a chocolate prize.

Come and help Mother Hen find all her chicks who have escaped around the museum this Easter!  Contact: Highland Folk Museum 01349 781650; highland.folk@highlifehighland.com Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore PH20 1AY

RSPB Loch Lomond Spring Treasure Hunt Loch Lomond & The Trossachs 

Daily until Sunday 14 April

10am – 4pm.  Cost £2 per child, £1.50 for RSPB members. No booking necessary.

Drop in at RSPB Scotland’s Loch Lomond Nature Reserve every day until 14th April and celebrate the arrival of spring with your family! You can join a treasure hunt at the Nature Hub and explore the meadows and woodland in search of signs of spring.

Ranger Road Show South Downs

Daily until Sunday 21 April

11am to 3pm daily. Free. No booking necessary.

Every day of the Discover fortnight a wildlife roadshow will be touring towns and cities across the south east over the Easter holidays to showcase South Downs National Park. Rangers will be coming to town centres around the fringes of the Park with free fun activities for family participation. They'll also showing people how easy it is to get outside and discover the National Park on their doorstep. It will be in a new place every day, so follow the link for dates and stops.

Sunday 14 April

Dig Burley, a community archaeology weekend New Forest

10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Free.

Dig Burley is a community archaeology festival taking place in and around Burley during Easter and will feature talks, workshops and exhibitions. We are also seeking local residents and families who would be happy to open a small archaeological test pit on their property. So if you live in Burley why not register now to join the fun? If you’re not a Burley resident come along, there will be plenty of opportunities to visit and get involved in the project.

Sunday 14 April

Spring Family Adventure Festival Broads 

10am-1pm or 1.30-4.30pm. £15 per child, adults free.

Head just outside of Norwich to Whitlingham Adventure and celebrate the start of spring by getting out onto the water with the whole family. You can enjoy your favorite hobby or try something new with a whole host of fun activities available including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, orienteering and more.

Norfolk Festival of Nature Broads 

10am-3pm. Free. There may be charges for some activities. 

Celebrate the incredible wildlife of Norfolk by visiting The Forum, Norwich for a day with stands, talks and activities by local nature organisations including the Broads Authority, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB and more. Discover minibeasts in the pond, build your own bird feeder and watch the peregrines at Norwich Cathedral.

Family Navigation Course Dartmoor

11am - 3pm. Cost: Adults £35; Children £10. Booking is required.

Join Dartmoor adventure experts Crag 2 Mountain for this family event. Learn all the basic skills needed to become Dartmoor explorers in this course specially adapted for little legs. Children will be given the opportunity to gain the National Navigation Award Scheme, Young Navigator Star Awards (YNSA) Bronze Award. Location: Princetown. For more information and to book got to the website or telephone 01822 660365.

Castlemartin on Foot Pembrokeshire Coast  

9:30am - 4pm. Cost £6. Over 18s only. Booking is required.

Explore the dramatic coastline, wildlife and history of this unique MOD firing range with an experienced and knowledgeable local guide. Secret coves and majestic coastal scenery sit side-by-side with a mosaic of grassland habitat and forgotten ruins. This is a 6.5 mile moderately strenuous walk.  Follow link for recommended equipment and booking details.

Sill Sunday – Call of Curlew Northumberland

11am – 2pm drop-in. £2.50 per child.

Join us at The Sill for our next Sill Sunday. Find out all about the beautiful Curlews that make the National Park their home. You'll also get creative with curlew themed arts and crafts. Drop-in sessions run from 11am - 2pm.

Monday 15 April

Hound Tor at Night family Walk Dartmoor

8:30pm - 11:30pm. Cost: £5 per adult, £3 per child. Booking is required.

Join outdoor leader and Dartmoor expedition specialist, Shona Ferneyhough and experience the wonderful Hound Tor at night. Search for treasure amongst ancient tors and monuments, enjoy a hot chocolate and see, or hear Dartmoor wildlife. This is an easy walk but some younger children will need assistance on parts of it. Location: Hound Tor car park SX 739 792. For more information and to book contact Shona Fernyhough email: shona@forthewild.co.uk or telephone 07870 319022.

Tuesday 16 April

Discover Exmoor National Park Exmoor

2:30pm - 4:30pm (also on 9 April). Booking is required. Free. Donations will be welcome.

Come and find out what makes Exmoor such a special place and why it is a National Park. This 2 hour session will start with a quick presentation looking at some of Exmoor's wildlife, history and landscapes, followed by a walk to have a look. This is an introductory event suitable for anyone who would like to know a bit more about our National Park and perhaps find out how to get more involved. Contact: 01598 752509

Wild play day at the beach New Forest

10:00 am - 3:00 pm. £1 suggested donation per child. No booking required.

Join us to discover fun ways to explore, play and get creative in the outdoors. Come and try crabbing, beach art, seashore scavenging and much more at Hurst Spit. ‘Swap some screen time for wild time out in the New Forest.’ Wear some old, warm clothes. Wellies recommended! Suitable for all (children must be accompanied by an adult). Location: Hurst Spit, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PY.

Brilliant Bats at Carew Pembrokeshire Coast

8pm - 9:30pm. Adults £6, Children £4. Booking is required.

Join our experienced guide and take a gentle stroll around the Mill Pond at Carew Castle in search of bats. As darkness falls, find out what is emerging from the nooks and crannies.  Discover more about what these elusive nocturnal creatures get up to, and tune in to their chatter on our echolocation detectors. This is a fun activity for all members of the family. Bat detectors are provided. Follow link for recommended equipment and booking details.

Wednesday 17 April

Easter Discovery Treasure Trail Broads 

11am-3pm. £2 per child, adults free. Parking charges apply.

As part of Discover National Parks fortnight come down to Whitlingham to discover the park that is the 'Gateway to the Broads'. Make a bunny tail, complete the Easter adventure trail amongst the beautiful spring surroundings of Whitlingham and enjoy a mini egg prize!


Haddon Hill Big Adventure Exmoor 

10am – 4pm. No booking needed. Free. Donations to Caremoor for Exmoor are welcome.

Head to Haddon Hill for a #BigAdventure! Go on a bug hunt, help build a giant den, try your hand at campfire cooking, get your face painted, go on a nature walk, learn forest skills, or simply sit back and enjoy the picturesque moorland views. Location: Haddon Hill Car Park, off the B3190, near Upton. TA4 2DS Contact: 01398 323841

Wild Wednesday New Forest

10:30 am - 3:30 pm (also on 10 April). Free, parking donations welcome.

Enjoy a date with nature at the New Forest Reptile Centre, with fun activities for the whole family. Quiz trail and making activities for children. Come and see our nestcam video from a bird of prey’s nest as well as the reptiles and amphibians. Suitable for all. Dogs welcome on leads. No booking required.

Wild Wednesday - Pond Dipping Northumberland

11am. Cost £5 per Child. Accompanying adults go free. Booking is required.

Join us at Walltown and learn Bushcraft Basics on our next Wild Wednesday sessions. Be amazed and learn about the creatures that are specially adapted to live in an underwater world. Each session lasts up to one hour. All equipment provided.

Thursday 18 April

UNESCO World Heritage Day Celebrations Lake District

Did you know the Lake District National Park is the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site? This national park was recognised as a place of international significance in 2017 on the three themes of identity - the dramatic farmed landscape; inspiration - art, literature and love of the place; and conservation – the birth of a movement that continues today to look after this special corner of England. Look out for our new blog and podcast and joining in the conversation on social media using #WorldHeritageDay

Footsteps Through Time: Nevern's Early Medieval History Pembrokeshire Coast

9.30am-1pm. Cost £4. Booking is required.

Join our Community Archaeologist on a walk as she reveals clues that shed light on the way of life of the ancient inhabitants of North Pembrokeshire. You will learn about the turbulent history of one of the oldest stone castles in Wales before venturing down to a mysterious cross hewn into the cliff edge. Finally, visit Nevern Church with its Celtic Cross, Ogham inscribed stones and of course the famous Bleeding Yews. This is a very gentle paced family friendly walk which is either downhill or flat. Follow link for booking details.

Saturday 20 April

Back Grouse Dawnwatch at Mar Lodge Cairngorms

5am – 8am. £26 per person, includes breakfast. Booking is Essential.

An early morning start but worth it to see these magnificent birds displaying. The male Black Grouse is famed for its it's striking black plumage, with white and red flourishes. Their display behaviour, known as 'lekking' is an amazing sight to see. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Contact: Mar Lodge Ranger Service – 01339 720164; marlodgeestate@nts.org.uk. Meet at Mar Lodge Estate AB35 5YJ.

Twilight Coast Path Walk from Treginnis Pembrokeshire Coast

7.30pm-9pm. Cost £4. Booking is required.

At high tide, and under the light of the full moon, walk this magnificent part of the coast with our experienced Ranger and guide. Meet at Lower Treginnis Farm. Enjoy a warm drink before Ranger Ian leads you along footpaths to the coast overlooking Ramsey Sound. An easy and atmospheric two mile stroll by moonlight. Walking shoes or boots are recommended. No dogs. Follow link for recommended equipment and booking details.

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