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5 Great family friendly events to check out during National Parks Week

  • 28 July 2014

Taking place from 28 July to 3 August, National Parks Week is a celebration of the all the natural beauty, wildlife and things to do within the UK's 15 National Parks. Throughout the week there are a host of activities and events on offer.

We have picked 5 great events from across the UK, which give you the opportunity to try everything from otter spotting to astronomy. With the summer holidays now upon us, these events are also the perfect family days out in beautiful surroundings.

If you are planning on attending one of these events, or any of the many other activities happening throughout the week, then you can get a detailed weather forecast for the area you are visiting using our National parks forecast.

More information about the other events taking place during the week can be found on the National Parks Week events guide.

The South

The New Forest - Wild Wednesday's - Wednesday 30 July 

wild wednesdays

Join the team at the New Forest Reptile Centre for their weekly 'Wild Wednesday' session, to get a unique insight into lives of the Forest's birds of prey. You will have a chance to watch the birds in their nests, see eggs being hatched and get a look at chicks being fed using their cutting-edge 'raptorcam' technology.

Click here to visit the  New Forest website for more information

The Midlands

The Broads - Canoe Trail Otter Spotting - Wednesday 30 July

Take in the beautiful Norfolk Broad waterways and local wildlife on canoe journey hosted by The Canoe Man. Winding through the miles of quite undisturbed dykes, tributaries and streams you will have the perfect chance to catch a glimpse of Kingfishers, Bitterns and, as the name suggests, the often elusive Otter.

Click here to visit the  The Canoe Man website for more information

The North

The Lake District - Esk Estuary Escapade -  Saturday 2 August

Explore the beautiful Esk Estuary and discover the plants, wildlife and landscape of this coastal area. This 'escapade' includes a short river crossing by volunteer ferry and by ford - so be sure to bring some spare footwear with you.

Click here to visit the  Lake District website for more information

Scotland

Cairngorms - Futurescape TreeFest - 26 July to 3 August

photo courtesy of Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) photo courtesy of Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)

Running across the whole of National Parks Week, the Cairngorm Futurescape TreeFest is a 9 day celebration of the Cairngorm's beautiful woodlands. The week will see 15 public events, run by 12 different organisations - taking place across the length and breadth of the Cairngorms region.

Click here to visit the  RSPB website for more information

Wales

Brecon Beacons - Take pART Felt Picture Workshop - 30 July

Let you children unleash their artistic side at the Powys National Park Visitor Centre with a felt picture workshop, taking place as part of the Brecon Beacons National Park's 'Take pART' events. Mums and Dads can refuel after the event with some tea and cake in the visitors centre's tea room.

Click here to visit the  Brecon Beacons National Park website for more information.

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Celebrate National Parks Week with the YHA

  • 24 July 2014

With National Parks Week fast approaching, the Met Office has joined up with the YHA to give you the lowdown on a selection of great value accommodation options, each located within a stones throw of some of the UK's National Parks.

National Parks Week runs from 28 July to 3 August and is an annual celebration of the amazing places, people, and things to be found within the boundaries of the UK's National Parks. There are a whole host of events going on throughout the week, from river dipping in the New Forest, to guided walks across the Yorkshire Dales. More information about these events can be found on the National Parks website.

If you are planning on visiting a National Park, then be sure to check the weather using the Met Office National parks forecast page. 

For over 80 years, YHA have been providing affordable accommodation across England and Wales, and creating the opportunity for you to get out and explore the windswept coasts, rugged mountains and ancient forests of our incredible national parks. Celebrate National Parks Week with a stay in a remarkable location.

Brecon Beacons - YHA Llanddeausant

YHA - Llanddeausant

One the YHA's most remote hostels, this former 18th Century inn is a beautiful rural retreat in the corner of the Brecon Beacons. It has spectacular views of the Sawdde Valley and trails lead to the legendary Llyn-y-Fan glacial lake, great for walking holidays.

Dartmoor - YHA Dartmoor

YHA - Dartmoor

With this stunning location as your base, you can enjoy a peaceful picnic by the East Dart River or take a walk up Bellever Tor to take in the stunning views. Explore Bellever Forest and discover a wealth of wildlife, including the Dartmoor ponies!

Exmoor - YHA Exford

YHA - Exford

For a weekend away in the lovely Exmoor National Park, try this large Victorian house by the River Exe. There are open hills and wooded valleys to explore if you're on a walking holiday and the Somerset and North Devon coasts are nearby.

Lake District - YHA Ambleside

YHA - Ambleside

Situated right on the shores of Lake Windermere, this newly refurbished property offers unbeatable location, stunning views and state of the art facilities for families, solo travellers and groups looking for a base right in the centre of the Lake District National Park.

New Forest - YHA New Forest

YHA - New Forest


Tucked away in a peaceful setting ideal for outdoor activities and close to the seaside, YHA New Forest is perfectly placed to get the most out of the beautiful New Forest.

Northumberland - YHA Byrness

YHA - Byrness

YHA Byrness welcomes you with its cosy, comfortably furnished 5 star accommodation. Ideal for stargazing and exploring the Cheviot Hills, Pennine Way and border or for walking and cycling breaks.

North York Moors - YHA Boggle Hole

YHA - Boggle Hole

Nestled on the beach in an old smuggler's cove, Boggle Hole is the perfect holiday hideaway. This iconic hostel provides a traditional UK coastal holiday 'beside the seaside', so building sandcastles, fossil-hunting and paddling are in!

Peak District - YHA Hartington

YHA - Hartington

Log fires, oak panelling and its own beer and music festival - all make this 17th century manor house perfect for weekend breaks in the Peak District. The hostel is in an unspoilt area - great for activity breaks, walking and cycling.

Pembrokeshire Coast - YHA Poppit Sands

YHA - Poppit Sands

A must for nature lovers, YHA Poppit Sands is set in five acres of stunning grounds, with plenty of room to get lost exploring during your stay. Ideal for a fabulous beach break, horse-riding, cycle hire, boat trips, good fishing spots and bird-watching hideouts are all also available in the local area.

Snowdonia - YHA Pen-Y-Pass

YHA - Pen-Y-Pass

Having recently undergone a restoration project, this much loved and famed location is now a state of the art base in the heart of Snowdonia. Situated at the foot of Mount Snowdon, it's dramatic, breath-taking views of mountainous landscapes are perfect for climbing holidays and budding mountaineers.

South Downs - YHA South Downs

YHA - South Downs

Opened by Her Majesty the Queen last year, YHA South Downs is a refurbished Sussex farmhouse and barn buildings in an enviable location right on the South Downs Way. The stands in extensive grounds, ideal for exploring by experienced or budding naturalists.

Yorkshire Dales - YHA Grinton Lodge

YHA - Grinton Lodge

Situated on the southern slopes of Swaledale, YHA Grinton Lodge is surrounded by stunning scenery and exceptional views of the Yorkshire Dales. The 19th century former hunting lodge also boasts camping pods in its grounds for getting a little closer to nature! 

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Heat and rain to test summer weather lore

  • 16 July 2014

Two pieces of weather lore will be given a test this week. One  around St Swithun's Day is set to fail as it always does whereas the other which suggests a British summer is typified by three fine days and a thunderstorm may well prove true - in sentiment at least, if not to the letter.

Several parts of the UK saw dry weather on St Swithun's Day yesterday. According to the weather lore this means those places should stay dry for forty days and forty nights. That's already gone wrong in many places with outbreaks of rain in the north and west this morning.

Further south and east though the heat and humidity is building and, over the next few days there will be more sunny spells, before heavy thundery showers break out particularly on Saturday. This sequence of weather will give some truth to the 'three fine days and a thunderstorm' saying  and Saturday may well be the hottest day of the year.

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Summer fashions trends - go bright!

  • 7 July 2014

It's Summer! Apparently anyway. After last year's great summer, this year had a lot to live up to and we were always going to be wondering what it would be like throughout June, July and August.

In the UK we are all used to the temperamental and odd weather. The fact that we didn't have snow this Winter made me wonder whether it had decided to show itself in Summer instead, luckily it hasn't, and we have actually had some sunshine and hot weather already!

I know we have had some rain, and most of the time it has been hot and muggy rather than sunny, however, I am going to keep on hoping that the sun will stay out for longer in the weeks to come.

Anyone who works during the week will understand the frustration of it being nice and sunny during the week, then once the weekend comes, so do the clouds. Mixed summer weather is extremely confusing, it's July so of course we want to dress summery, but it may look slightly odd if we leave the house wearing shorts when the forecast is cloudy and wet!

I find maxi dresses and skirts are the best kind of clothing to wear when it's like this, it keeps you cool when it's hot but then if it does rain you're covered up enough to hopefully avoid looking like a drowned rat.

Fashion trends 2014

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Warwick castle - banning boredom this summer!

  • 30 June 2014

Warwick Castle has banned boredom this summer - and even offers guests the opportunity to stay overnight if they can't tear themselves away! There is even a rainy day guarantee if the Great British weather misbehaves.

The Castle's famous jousting knights return on Saturday 19 July to mark the site's 1,100th anniversary with two daredevil daily shows - until Sunday 31 August. They join swordsmen showing off their skills; characters in five Horrible Histories® Foul Fayres determined to make the most of the grim and gory aspects of British history. Rosie the Andean Condor, vast vultures and soaring eagles in the twice daily Flight of the Eagles; and the Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular which brings the heat of battle to the banks of the Rive Avon with 30-feet high jets of flame.

Warwick Castle

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