If you need free and low-cost ways to keep the kids entertained in half-term, The Parks Trust has put together a list of free events.
The Parks Trust, the self-financing charity that looks after more than 6,000 acres of parkland in Milton Keynes, has lots of family fun planned, including:
FREE Howe Park Wood Open Mornings: Animals In Winter20 – 22 February, 9:30am-12:30pm
Learn all about the natural world and Animals in Winter by exploring nests, skulls, feathers and more that have been collected from local parks. There are also nature-themed challenges, self-guided trails and friendly volunteers to help you get the most from your visit.
Howe Park Wood provides a safe home to many endangered animal and plant species and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wildlife value by Natural England.
Open Mornings are completely free for everyone, simply drop-in anytime.
Toddle Tots at Howe Park Wood20 February, 1.45pm – 2.30pm
An adventure for families with children under 6 years, this short, guided wander will explore the ancient woodland at Howe Park Wood. Taking in nature along the way and stopping to use your senses to explore your surroundings. Tickets are just £1 per person and must be booked online.
Discovery Stroll at Atterbury Park20 February, 2pm
Unearth the treasures of the lesser-known Atterbury Park, home to a host of habitats, from ponds to woodland and meadows. Suitable for all ages, and free to join, the Parks Trust’s Discovery Stroll series offers a light introduction to the city’s green spaces, giving residents the confidence to explore more of their local parks.
Family Litter Pick at Broughton Brook21 February, 10am
A great way to get outdoors and help your local environment, with all equipment for a safe litter collection provided (including special pickers for children). This 1-hour session is led by Parks Trust staff, who also take the rubbish away for disposal.
Julie Dawes, Events and Community Engagement Manager at The Parks Trust, said:
“In addition to these organised activities, remember that Milton Keynes has over 40 different parks to enjoy this half-term. The parks provide a huge choice of free play areas, walking and cycling routes, trim trails, world-class outdoor artworks, and plenty of nature to observe. Visit our website for details of facilities to help plan a brilliant half-term outdoors!”
There are all sorts of events in the city’s parks this month:
Women’s Walking Network 1 February at Furzton Lake
World Wetlands Day 3 February at Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve
Parks & Run 4 February at Great Linford Manor Park
Community Litter Pick 6 February at Kents Hills Park
Tree Tots every Thursday at Howe Park Wood
Great Linford Manor Park Guided Walk 9 & 25 February, Great Linford Manor Park
Corporate Pancake Race 13 February at Milton Keynes Rose, Campbell Park
Walk & Talk: Campbell Park & its Design 17 February, Campbell Park
More information about parkland events and activities can be found on theparkstrust.com