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Jenny Gunn MBE talks weather and cricket

  • 14 August 2014

Jenny Gunn MBE, England and Nottinghamshire cricketer, has written a guest blog for the Met Office about how the weather impacts cricket and how she and her team mates prepare for matches in different weather conditions.

'As a cricketer, I am very fortunate that I get to travel the world and visit some really interesting places with different climates. Before a tour, obviously we do a lot of training to prepare ourselves for the cricket itself - technical, tactical, mental and physical - but there's other preparation to be done that maybe you wouldn't necessarily expect...

Before we went out to Australia for our Women's Ashes series (the biggest contest in cricket, between England and Australia) in January we needed to try to pre-acclimatise for the conditions that we would be met with - from training during an English winter to playing in a hot Perth summer! Fortunately, the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University, where we do the majority of our training, has advanced climate control facilities, and we trained for months ahead of the tour with the heating on full blast! It definitely made the training hard, but in reality nothing was ever going to fully prepare us for the conditions once we got out to Perth. We were playing in 47 degree heat at the WACA, and I'm pretty sure that the girls running drinks on for the four days probably felt like they did more work than the players on the field! Winning the Test match in Perth was an amazing achievement, and I'm sure part of it was down to how we'd prepared for the heat and handled it so well.

Jenny Gunn MBE ©Getty images for ECB Jenny Gunn MBE (Getty images for ECB)

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Try something new - National Fishing Month

  • 6 August 2014

With  National Fishing Month running from 18 July to 31 August what better way to spend some time outdoors enjoying summer. A chance to learn a new skill and spend some time with family or friends, there are hundreds of events across the country to encourage children and families to give fishing a go. Whether you fancy giving fishing a go at a National Fishing Month event near you, or are already planning a fishing trip, remember to buy  a rod licence.

In this guest blog Paul Lidgett from the Environment Agency explains why he loves fishing and how he has shared this passion with his children, ensuring fishing trips are now regularly part of their summer plans.

"Fishing is perhaps unique in combining so many life-skills - patience and independence, planning and problem-solving, understanding the natural world and, though my kids won't hear of it, learning from others! On top of this spending time outdoors with family has obvious physical and mental health benefits."

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Butterfly summer

  • 30 July 2014

Forests are great places to explore whatever the weather. In this guest blog Martin Summers, Forest Ranger at Forest Holidays, Deerpark in Cornwall, takes a look at some of the butterflies you might see.

One of the joys of summer, here in the forest, is the sight of butterflies flitting through a sunlit glade. And moths, drawn to the lamplight on a summer's evening, hold their own fascination too. Here is a small selection of my favourites, that our guests at Forest Holidays will be out spotting this summer.

Marsh Fritillary - A rare butterfly that has been making a quiet comeback recently in damp marshy areas. I've not spotted them at Deerpark yet, but I'd like to bet that you'll find them down by the loch at Strathyre. Look for a mosaic of vibrant brown, reds and oranges which fade after a few days and leave a shiny appearance.

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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 

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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


Cairngorms - Futurescape TreeFest - 26 July to 3 August

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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


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! 

About the YHA

YHA is a charity with a clear mission, to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons gaining knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery.


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