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

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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