Nottinghamshire gets set to love parks

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Notts folk can show their passion for parks by getting out and celebrating national Love Parks Week (Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st July).

Nottinghamshire County Council has a range of events taking place for all ages including:

The Forest Bowmen - Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. From 11am at the Major Oak, the Forest Bowmen return to Sherwood, offering you the chance to try your hand at longbow archery. Small charge.

Teenfest - Saturday 23rd July at Kings Park, Retford. This summer event for young people runs from 12-7pm and includes live music, music workshops, arts, skateboard competition, adventure activities and a variety of stalls.

Robin of Sherwood’s treasure trail - Saturday 23rd July to Sunday 2nd September at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. Daily between 10am and 3pm this fun filled self-guided trail will lead you around the Visitor Centre and to the Major Oak. £1 per trail from Visitor Information.

The Legend lives on! - Sunday 24th July at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. Come along to Sherwood at 12 noon, 2pm and 3.30pm and meet some of the colourful costumed characters from the Oakwood Outlaws. Be amazed as the lads and lasses demonstrate their medieval combat skills ‘up close and personal’!

Morris Minor Club – Sunday 24th July 11am to 3pm at Rufford Abbey Country Park is the inaugural rally of the Mansfield Morris Minor Club. The “Magmogs” will meet on the Abbey Meadow in front of the abbey ruins and visitors can admire a display of cherished cars dating from 1948 to the 1970s. Free entry. (Normal weekend parking charge of £3 applies. Or spend £15 in shops or catering outlets and get your parking fee refunded).

Sweat Lodge – Sun 24th July 10.30am to 4pm at Bestwood Country Park. Beneath a covered dome of willow rods, hot stones are dowsed with water and herbs to produce a natural sauna effect. Based on a native American tradition, this therapeutic experience is said to cleanse both body and mind. Booking is essential. For details and prices email jason@turtlelodgehealing.co.uk or ring Jason Sewell on 0115 956 9603.

Monday Volunteers - Monday 25th July at Bestwood Country Park. You can make a difference to your local environment. Outdoor volunteering is a great way to keep fit and is essential on your “CV” for anyone interested in a future career in parks and practical conservation. No experience is necessary and we provide the tools and tea! Just come dressed for outdoor work and be prepared to get stuck in. Under eighteens need a responsible adult with them. For more information please give our ranger team a call on 0115 9273674.

Family Pond Dipping - Tuesday 26th July at Bestwood Country Park. Discover the fascinating hidden world below the water’s surface! Family fun but also a great way to learn more about creepy crawlies and small fishes. £2 per child. Suitable for ages 5plus. Pre booking and pre payment essential: Call 0115 9273674.

ParkFest - This series of events kicks off at Sutton Lawns in Sutton from 2pm - 9pm on Monday 25th and from 4pm - 9pm on 26th - 29th July. Events include skateboard and BMX competitions, climbing walls, tug of war and football competitions.

Nottinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Community, Coun John Cottee said “Love Parks Week is a great opportunity for people to get together outdoors and enjoy a fantastic range of events. Our parks are open to everyone to enjoy and they provide lots of opportunities for friendships, learning, health and fun.

Coun Cottee added: “It’s also important that people embrace the importance of protecting our parks for future generations to enjoy and it’s great that people can roll up their sleeves and get involved with some real hands-on park conservation work. It’s a great way to keep fit and brilliant experience for anyone interested in a future career in conservation.”

For more information about any of the events listed call 0115 9273674.

For more ideas of what you can do over the summer, check out the County Council’s Summer Events Guide at www3.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/enjoying/events