This week is National Parks week! This week is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain's breathing spaces. It runs from Monday 25 to Sunday 31 July 2016.
The theme for National Parks Week 2016 is adventure. With diverse landscapes, activities and events there's an adventure waiting at whatever scale suits you!
To celebrate this here are a few of our favourite parks from around the UK.
Richmond Park- The largest Royal Park in London (1,000 hectares/2,500 acres), and home to herds of Red and Fallow deer. This pastoral landscape of hills and woodlands set amongst ancient trees, with plants, animals and butterflies, offers a peaceful respite to visitors. The beautiful Isabella Plantation and Pembroke Lodge can also be found on site. For more information visit: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park
St James Park – Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit St James's Park, the oldest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks and covers 23 hectares (58 acres).
The park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade and is at the heart of ceremonial London, providing the setting for spectacular pageants including the annual Trooping the Colour.
The pelicans are fed every day at 14:30, and there are water birds, plus owls, woodpeckers and bats. There's a children’s playground, and deckchairs from April to September. Changing the Guard occurs daily in summer and alternate days for rest of year; The Queen's Lifeguard changes daily at Horse Guards Parade Ground.
For more information visit: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park
Bradgate Park - was first enclosed as a deer park around 800 years ago!
Extending to 830 acres of publicly accessible countryside the Park has a wild and rugged aspect that you do not expect to find so close to the city with dramatic rocky outcrops and gnarled old oak trees, many of which are well over 500 years old. If you do not fancy tramping over the hills, the lower part of the Park is easily accessible with a tarmac driveway running through the middle that is mainly traffic-free and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The River Lin runs through the Lower Park and is a popular spot to sit and picnic or just sit and watch the deer while children paddle in the shallows.
For more information visit: http://www.bradgatepark.org/
Swithland Wood - is an attractive and atmospheric area of Ancient Woodland, covering 155 acres and rich in history and wildlife. Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Swithland Wood is an important habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species.
Northumberland National Park - Get away from it all in the least populated of the UK’s National Parks. There are 700 miles of paths and trails to explore for the connoisseur outdoor enthusiast, or simply enjoy our enchanting wildlife and landscape, with all that nature has to offer. The locals will give you a warm welcome when you stop by for a hearty pint or slice of delicious cake. There is fun to be found in museums, at historic sites, houses and gardens across the National Park.
Our lack of light pollution means we officially have the darkest skies in England. In this Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park, you can stargaze at the Milky Way, just as Hadrian’s legionnaires did.
For more information visit: http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/cat/what-to-do/#sthash.NsmhfT8B.dpuf
For more information on national parks week Please visit: http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/visiting/national-parks-week