Friday, 17 July 2009

Get Set To Love Your Park

Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park, LancasterA full range of activities including encounters with mini beasts, brass bands and a personal survival course has been arranged to celebrate this year’s Love Parks Week starting at the end of this month in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

Running from Saturday 25th July to Sunday 2nd August, the aim of Love Parks Week week is to raise awareness of the importance of parks and Lancaster City Council is celebrating with a number of events aimed at people of all ages.

Events are taking place across the area's parks and include Wilsden Brass Band concert in Happy Mount Park, Morecambe, personal survival at Lancaster's Williamson Park, den building at Ryelands Park and much more.

If you don’t fancy taking part in one of the formal activities, you could simply just pop along with a picnic and enjoy some (hopefully!) good weather instead. As an added incentive, visitors to the Williamson Park cafĂ© between 10.00 am and 11am during the week will receive a special early bird discount of 20%.

For more information on Love Parks Week, including details of events happening within local parks, visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/loveparksweek or telephone Morecambe or Lancaster Visitor Information Centres on 01524 582808 / 582394.

Activities taking place include:

Saturday July 25


• Panto In the Park “Beauty and The Beast”, Happy Mount Park, 6.30pm to 8.45pm. Adults £7.50, £4.50 concessions, £20 for a family.

Sunday July 26


• Picnic in the Park at Regent Park, Morecambe, 12pm to 4, free entry.

• Wilsden Brass Band concert at Happy Mount Park, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Free entry.

Monday July 27


• Personal Survival course at Williamson Park, 1pm to 4pm, £7.50 per person.
Learn the basics of survival, how to build shelters, fires and cook in the wild. To book a place telephone Salt Ayre Sports Centre on 01524 847540.

• Tree Trail, Williamson Park,1.30pm to 2.30pm, £3 per person.

Spend an hour with the head gardener on a walk and talk around the park.

Tuesday July 28


• Den Building, Ryelands Park 10am to 12pm and Regent Park and 1pm to 3pm. Free entry. To book a place call Mel on 01524 582641.

• Animal Tracking, Williamson Park, 11am to 12pm, £5 per person.

Join the Junior Rangers to identify animal tracks and make a cast to take home.

Wednesday July 29


• Water Day, Williamson Park 10am to 12pm and Poulton Park 1pm to 3pm, free.
Join the Play Rangers for a water filled fun day with water slides and themed activities. To book a place call Mel on: 01524 582641.

• Fitness in the Park, Happy Mount Park, 2pm to 3pm, free.

Join the Active Health Team for an hour of circuit training in the park.

• Fenham Carr Discovery Tour, Williamson Park, 2pm to 3pm, £3.

Get to know all your native mini-beasts on a family friendly guided walk in the woodlands.

• Butterfly Conservation Talk, Williamson Park, 11am to 2pm, free.

Come and meet an expert for advice on what plants to grow in your garden to encourage butterflies.

Thursday July 30


• Arts and Crafts, Douglas Park, 10am to 12pm, free. To book a place call Mel on 01524 582641.

• Fitness in the Park, Williamson Park, 2pm to 3pm, free.

Join the Active Health Team for an hour of circuit training in the park.

Friday July 31


• Play Day Preparation, Happy Mount Park 10am to 12pm and Williamson Park 1pm to 3pm.

Design your own t-shirts and banners for the play day event on August 5. To book a place call Mel on 01524 582641.

• Meet the Volunteers, Happy Mount Park, 5pm to 7pm.

Find out more about how to volunteer in Happy Mount Park.

• Nocturnal Walk, Happy Mount Park, 9pm to 10pm, £5.

Visit Happy Mount after closing time and see what nocturnal animals you can find. Meet at the Green Kiosk. To book a place call Salt Ayre Sports Centre on 01524 847540.

Saturday August 1


• Meet the Mini-Beasts, Williamson Park, 2pm to 3pm, free (with price of admission ticket).

Sunday August 2


• Meet the Mini-Beasts, Williamson Park, 2pm to 3pm, free (with price of admission ticket).

• Morecambe Band, Happy Mount Park, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, free entry.

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