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Discover Warwickshire’s country parks this summer

An array of activities are going on around Warwickshire this summer in the county’s country parks.

From Stratford to Kingsbury Warwickshire County Council’s country parks are offering good value events and attractions for young and old alike.

Throughout August there are things to do to fill those school holiday days and beat the boredom.

Country Parks Visitor Manager, Paula Cheesman, said: “Our country parks are wonderful places to spend some time during the summer, and the activities we’ve got planned are the perfect boredom busters.

“From ladybird hats and wizard staffs to angling and den building, it’s all going on in Warwickshire, and brilliant value for money.”

Highlights of activities this August in Warwickshire are:

TUESDAY 12 AUGUST
Wriggling Wormeries at Kingsbury Water Park
Have you ever thought about how amazing worms are?  Come along to find out how worms can recycle our kitchen leftovers, then go on a worm finding mission and make a mini wormery to take home.  Please bring an empty 2 litre clear plastic drinks bottle.  An event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  10.30am to 12.00noon. 
Meet:  The Education Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Damsels and Dragons Trail at Pooley Country Park
Swoop in and take part in the fact finding discovery trail around the park.  Come and find yourself immersed in the ancient world of ferocious hunters, incredible acrobatics and shape shifting larvae.  A self-led event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult.
Time:  Drop in between 11.00am and 2.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £1.00 per child.

Groovy Grasshoppers at Ryton Pools Country Park
Hop along and enter the fascinating world of these springy invertebrates.  Join the hunt as we try to find as many as possible and learn what makes them spring and sing!  An event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

WEDNESDAY 13 AUGUST
Prams In The Park at Kingsbury Water Park
See 16 April for details
Meadow Mini Beasts & Woodland Wrigglers at Kingsbury Water Park
Come and hunt for colourful butterflies and dragonflies, in the meadow.  Then discover exciting creepy crawlies in the woodland.  An event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  1.30pm to 3.00pm. 
Meet:  The Education Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Kingsbury Water Park Young Anglers
Angling tuition sessions during the school summer holidays for children aged 8 to 14 years
- come along as many times as you wish and learn the essentials of good angling.  Suitable for beginners or those with some experience; no equipment required.
Time:  9.30am to 12.00noon. 
Meet:  The Information Centre.
Cost:  £4.00 per child, per session.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Den Building at Pooley Country Park
Make your own den using branches and twigs collected from around the park.  Bring a picnic lunch to eat in your den afterwards.  An ideal family event but not recommended for children under 5.
Time:  10.30am to 12.30pm. 
Meet:  Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660

Damsels and Dragons Trail at Pooley Country Park
See 12 August for details.

Beautiful Birds at Ryton Pools Country Park
Come and see birds of prey up close and find out some fascinating facts about how they hunt, and see them fly.  Join in with some birdie activities and games.  An event for children aged 5 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

THURSDAY 14 AUGUST
Tremendous Trees & Lovely Leaves at Kingsbury Water Park
Come and explore the beautiful trees in the park and make bark and leaf rubbings for your own amazing tree picture.  A family event; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time:  10.30am to 12.00noon. 
Meet:  The Education Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Mini Beast Safari at Pooley Country Park
Discover what mini beasts hide under logs, stones and other secret places.  Also make a pipe cleaner dragonfly or butterfly.  An event for children aged 5 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  10.30am to 12.30pm. 
Meet:  Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Lovely Ladybird Hats at Ryton Pools Country Park
See how many different kinds of ladybirds you can spot hidden around the courtyard and make a lovely ladybird hat.  An event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult.
Time:  Drop in between 11.00am and 2.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £1.50 per child.

FRIDAY 15 AUGUST
Summer In A Box at Ryton Pools Country Park
Take a short walk through the park to collect natural objects, then use your collection to make a 3D model that reminds you of summer at Ryton Pools.  An event for children aged 5 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

TUESDAY 19 AUGUST
Wizard Staffs & Fairy Sparklers at Kingsbury Water Park
Join us to transform plain hazel and willow sticks into glitzy fairy wands and fiery wizard staffs using natural treasures found on the park and some sparkly art materials..  A family event; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time:  10.30am to 12.00noon. 
Meet:  The Education Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Sparkly Bugs on Sticks at Pooley Country Park
Come along and make a big bug on a stick using recycled materials and some colourful, sparkly bits and bobs.  For children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  10.30am to 12.00noon. 
Meet:  Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Natural Stained Glass Windows at Ryton Pools Country Park
Make natural stained glass windows using willow, tissue paper and treasures collected from the park.  An event for children aged 5 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

WEDNESDAY 20 AUGUST
Sensory Explorers at Kingsbury Water Park
Join us for a sensory journey through the park.  Play lots of sensory games and make a rainbow bookmark to take home.  An event for children aged 3 to 8 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  1.30pm to 3.00pm
Meet:  The Education Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Kingsbury Water Park Young Anglers
Angling tuition sessions during the school summer holidays for children aged 8 to 14 years
- come along as many times as you wish and learn the essentials of good angling.  Suitable for beginners or those with some experience; no equipment required.
Time:  9.30am to 12.00noon. 
Meet:  The Information Centre.
Cost:  £4.00 per child, per session.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Bat Night at Kingsbury Water Park
An evening to find out all about bats.  A short talk followed by hot jacket spuds in The Old Barn Café, then a nightime stroll to spot the bats of Kingsbury!  Please bring a torch. 
Time:  8.30pm to 10.30pm
Meet:  The Information Centre. 
Cost:  Adults £5.00, Under 16s £4.50 (includes food, drinks extra).
Booking essential - telephone 01827 872660.

Den Building at Pooley Country Park
Make your own den using branches and twigs collected from around the park.  Bring a picnic lunch to eat in your den afterwards.  An ideal family event but not recommended for children under 5.
Time:  10.30am to 12.30pm. 
Meet:  Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.


Survival Dens at Ryton Pools Country Park
Discover how to design and build your own woodland den.  Collect tokens along the way to see if your team would survive.  An event for children aged 5 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

THURSDAY 21 AUGUST
Den Building at Kingsbury Water Park
Make your own den using branches, leaves and other natural materials.  Please bring gloves if you have them.  A family event but not recommended for children under the age of 5; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time:  event will be held between 1.30pm and 3.00pm.
Meet:  The Education Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Natural Woodland Art at Pooley Country Park
Join a scavenger hunt to collect natural objects to make a woodland mobile to take home.  Create an outdoor collage or do bark and leaf rubbings.  An event for children aged 5 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  10.30am to 12.30pm. 
Meet:  Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Nature Explorers at Ryton Pools Country Park
Join a Ranger and meet Amy Ant and her friends for a fun exploration of the park, using your senses to discover Nature along the trail.  An event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

FRIDAY 22 AUGUST
Twitchy Worms and Wriggly Caterpillars at Ryton Pools Country Park
Make some twitchy worms and wriggly caterpillar characters out of lots and lots of leaves.  An event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult.
Time:  Drop in between 11.00am and 2.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £1.50 per child.

SATURDAY 23 AUGUST

Birds of Prey at Pooley Country Park
Learn about these amazing creatures from a local bird of prey expert.  Meet the birds and see them fly.
Time:  11.00am to 1.00pm. 
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  Adults £1.50, Concessions £1.00, Family £3.50.See 20 July for details.

TUESDAY 26 AUGUST

Pond Dipping at Kingsbury Water Park
Discover the weird and wonderful creatures that make our pond their home.  An event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  10.30am to 12.00noon. 
Meet:  The Education Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Natural Stained Glass Windows at Ryton Pools Country Park
Make natural stained glass windows using willow, tissue paper and treasures collected from the park.  An event for children aged 5 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

WEDNESDAY 27 AUGUST
Kingsbury Water Park Young Anglers

Den Building at Pooley Country Park
Make your own den using branches and twigs collected from around the park.  Bring a picnic lunch to eat in your den afterwards.  An ideal family event but not recommended for children under 5.
Time:  10.30am to 12.30pm. 
Meet:  Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

 

Beautiful Birds at Ryton Pools Country Park
Come and see birds of prey up close and find out some fascinating facts about how they hunt, and see them fly.  Join in with some birdie activities and games.  An event for children aged 5 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

THURSDAY 28 AUGUST
Summer In A Box at Kingsbury Water Park
A short walk through the park to collect natural objects, then use your collection to make a 3D model that reminds you of Summer at Kingsbury Water Park.  Please bring a small shoe box.  An event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  10.30am to 12.00noon. 
Meet:  The Education Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Make a Kite at Pooley Country Park
See 7 August for details.

Marvellous Moths at Ryton Pools Country Park
Come and investigate what moths are found in the park and have a go at making a giant moth.  An event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult.
Time:  Drop in between 11.00am and 2.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £1.50 per child.

FRIDAY 29 AUGUST
Meadow Mini Beasts at Ryton Pools Country Park
Come along and discover what’s jumping, crawling and flying around the meadow.  An event for children aged 3 to 12 years who must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings can attend).
Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  £2.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

SATURDAY 30 AUGUST

Moths by Moonlight at Hartshill Hayes Country Park
Join the Rangers as they set up a number of moth traps around the vicinity of the Visitor Centre, then spend a couple of hours monitoring and identifying the species that are caught.  Pine Hawk Moth was last year’s star catch.
Time:  10.00pm – 12midnight
Meet:  The Visitor Centre.
Cost:  Adults £1.50, Concessions £1.00, Family £3.50.
This event is weather dependent and will not take place if it is raining.

Let’s Get Batty Again at Ryton Pools Country Park
An evening slide show followed by a nightime stroll with local bat experts to spot the bats of Ryton.  The event will finish whenever we stop spotting, but you may leave whenever you wish.
Time: 7.00pm to late.
Meet:  The Visitor Centre
Cost: Adults £1.50, Concessions £1.00, Family £3.50.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

Further information is available at http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/countryside or to get a free copy of the country parks events booklet call 024 7630 5592, email parks@warwickshire.gov.uk or it’s available as a download from our website home page under ‘Whats on’.