National Parks Week 2016

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Published: 11 July 2016

National Parks Week kicks off this month!

National Parks Week, the UK National Park family's annual celebration of Britain's breathing spaces, is now just a few weeks away.

Taking place between Monday 25th July and Sunday 31st July, this year's National Parks Week theme is ‘adventure’.

"Remember that adventure is what you make it!" said Kathryn Cook, UK Director, National Parks UK. "Our wonderfully diverse National Parks offer a great range of events and activities - there really is something for everyone to enjoy. So whether you’re a thrill seeker or are looking for something a little less energetic we encourage you to get out and be a part of the incredible landscapes that make this country so unique."

Perhaps you might want to take the whole family to Bolton Castle in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Castle hosts a number of activities from dressing up in medieval costume, to archery and watching the birds of prey demonstration, there is something going on for everyone. Or maybe you’re looking for something that gets the adrenaline pumping a bit more? Zip World Fforest in Snowdonia National Park features a five seater swing known as Skyride set way up in the trees. As well as Skyride, at Zip World you can free-fall from the tree canopy and go on a zip safari throughout the forest! If these kind of adventures aren’t your cup of tea and you prefer something a little quieter and easily accessible, then somewhere like Benmore Botanic Gardens in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park could be the one for you. In its majestic mountain setting it boasts fantastic views, a shop and a cafĂ©. The lower levels of the Garden are all fully accessible and the ‘Benmore Explorer’ people carrier offers rides for those with mobility difficulties.

Your next National Park adventure might be closer than you think. An overwhelming majority of the UK population live within 70 miles of at least one of the UK’S 15 National Parks.

To help inspire you to make the most of our National Parks, we've put together a number of Top 15 Adventure lists offering ideas to engage you – These include ‘Adventures for the non-adventurous’, ‘Family-friendly adventures’ and ‘Quirky Adventures’.

In addition, you'll find information on events taking place during National Parks Week, and ideas on how to get out and get active. Activities include walking routes, cycling and star-gazing. You can also find information on how to travel to the National Parks sustainably, making use of our car-free guides.

To learn more about National Parks Week, as well as search a database of National Parks Week events taking place close to you, visit: http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/visiting/national-parks-week

National Parks Week 2016 is supported by Natural Resources Wales.

There are 15 members of the UK's National Parks family: the Broads, Brecon Beacons, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales.

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For more information, please contact:

Clare O'Connor

External Relations Manager

National Parks UK

Tel: 01398 322244

Mobile: 07772 092128

Email: info@nationalparks.gov.uk