Plenty going on at Warwickshire’s country parks

It’s getting close to going back to school time, so make the most of the last two weeks of the holidays by getting outdoors and burning off the last bits of energy – maybe chasing Pokemon around our parks!

We still have plenty of activities taking place across Warwickshire County Council’s parks service, so why not pack a picnic and the family and get down to your local park?

The following activities are taking place, please note other than ‘drop ins’ all activities are bookable.

For more information visit our website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/parks to download an event booklet or find further information on the parks.

TUESDAY 23 AUGUST

Fluttery Butterfly Sticks at Kingsbury Water Park

Create some beautiful butterflies on a stick and waft them around on a summer’s day. A family event.

Time: Drop in anytime between 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.
Meet: The Information Centre.
Cost: £2.00 per child

Young Bushcrafter at Ryton Pools Country Park

Bushcraft sessions to be held every Tuesday during Warwickshire’s school summer holidays. Come along as many times as you wish and learn the basic skills of a good bushcrafter, and a little about survival in the wild. We will be doing slightly different activities each week but also re-capping on favourites. Suitable for children aged 7 and above, beginners or those will a little experience, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Time: 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
Meet: The Visitor Centre.
Cost: £6.00 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.
WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST

Dens at Kingsbury Water Park

Join us to build a den from natural materials. An event for children aged 5 years and above, who must be accompanied by an adult. Wear old clothes – you will get muddy and dirty!

Time: 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
Meet: The Education Centre.
Cost: £3.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.
Let’s Family Fish at Kingsbury Water Park

New for 2016 – every Wednesday during Warwickshire’s school summer holiday. Come and give fishing a try with your family and friends! New anglers can learn the basics and old anglers can return to the sport. All bait and equipment provided – bring waterproofs, just in case! Participants over 12 years of age will need a valid rod licence for the day (available from the Post Office in person or online), please ask at time of booking, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Time: Session 1: 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
Session 2: 10.45 a.m. to 11.45 a.m.
Meet: The Information Centre.
Cost: £8.00 per family, per session.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Ryton Young Anglers at Ryton Pools Country Park

Angling tuition sessions to be held on Wednesdays in the Warwickshire school holidays, in conjunction with Leamington Angling Club. Come along as many times as you wish and learn the essentials of good angling and a little about the species in Ryton Pool. Suitable for beginners or those with a little experience; no equipment required.

Time: 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Meet: Ryton Pool car park.
Cost: £6.00 per child, per session.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

Birds of Prey at Ryton Pools Country Park

A regular event with local birds of prey experts. Meet the birds, see them fly and learn about these amazing creatures.

Time: 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Meet: Jo’s Garden next to the Visitor Centre.
Cost: FREE event (donations welcome to animal welfare charities).

THURSDAY 25 AUGUST

Insect Sanctuary at Kingsbury Water Park

Drop in to make an insect sanctuary by recycling an old pop bottle. Hang the sanctuary in your garden to give the wee beasties somewhere to hibernate over the winter. Please bring an empty 2-litre plastic bottle. A family event.

Time: Drop in anytime between 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.
Meet: The Information Centre.
Cost: £2.00 per child.

FRIDAY 26 AUGUST

All Aboard! – Pirates Workshop and Trail at Ryton Pools Country Park

Calling all tatty pirates! Come on board our ship ‘The Ranger’ and join Blackbeard to make a tatty pirate flag, a hat and have your face painted like a pirate in preparation for your great lost treasure hunt. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Trade in your pirate token from this event to get a pirate trail sheet for just £1.00.

Time: Drop in between 10.30 a.m. and 12.00 p.m.
Meet: The Visitor Centre.
Cost: £2.00 per child.

Animal Tracks and Trails at Hartshill Hayes Country Park

Be an animal detective and search for clues in and around the woodland. An event for children aged 5 and above, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Time: 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Meet: Tea Kiosk.
Cost: £3.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.
FRIDAY 26 AUGUST TO MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

Pirate Trail at Ryton Pools Country Park

Follow the clues around the park and crack the code to find the great lost treasure of Ryton – fun for all the family. Collect your trail sheet from the Visitor Centre.
Cost: £2.00 per trail sheet.

SATURDAY 27 AUGUST

A Summer Walk from Hartshill Hayes Country Park

Join a Ranger on this 4-mile circular walk from Hartshill Hayes Country Park to Mancetter, returning alongside the Coventry Canal.
Time: 10.30 a.m. to approx.12.30 p.m.
Meet: Tea Kiosk.
Cost: Adults £3.50, Concessions £2.00, Family £8.00.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

SATURDAY 27/SUNDAY 28 AUGUST

Night Fishing Sessions at Kingsbury Water Park

We are again offering anglers the opportunity to fish Pine Pool (open to all) or Canal Pool (carp permit holders only) from the morning of Saturday 25 June through to the evening of Sunday 26 June. Pegs will be allocated at the time of booking. Bookings close at 1.00 p.m. on the Friday before the event. Please note there will be an administration fee of £5.00 to change your initial booking. Three further sessions will be held on the weekends of 30/31 July, 27/28 August, and 24/25 September.

Time: 5.30 a.m. on Saturday through to 8.30 p.m. on Sunday.
Cost: £40.00 (£20.00 for permit holders), payable at time of booking.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660 – limited places, first-come-first-served basis.

Young Bushcrafter at Ryton Pools Country Park

Bushcraft sessions to be held every Tuesday during Warwickshire’s school summer holidays. Come along as many times as you wish and learn the basic skills of a good bushcrafter, and a little about survival in the wild. We will be doing slightly different activities each week but also re-capping on favourites. Suitable for children aged 7 and above, beginners or those will a little experience, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Time: 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
Meet: The Visitor Centre.
Cost: £6.00 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST

Woodland Mini-beasts at Kingsbury Water Park

Search on the woodland floor for mini-beasts guaranteed to scare the grown-ups! A family event. Wear old clothes, long sleeves, long trousers.

Time: 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
Meet: The Education Centre.
Cost: £3.50 per child.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Let’s Family Fish at Kingsbury Water Park

New for 2016 – every Wednesday during Warwickshire’s school summer holiday. Come and give fishing a try with your family and friends! New anglers can learn the basics and old anglers can return to the sport. All bait and equipment provided – bring waterproofs, just in case! Participants over 12 years of age will need a valid rod licence for the day (available from the Post Office in person or online), please ask at time of booking, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Time: Session 1: 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
Session 2: 10.45 a.m. to 11.45 a.m.
Meet: The Information Centre.
Cost: £8.00 per family, per session.
Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660.

Ryton Young Anglers at Ryton Pools Country Park

Angling tuition sessions to be held on Wednesdays in the Warwickshire school holidays, in conjunction with Leamington Angling Club. Come along as many times as you wish and learn the essentials of good angling and a little about the species in Ryton Pool. Suitable for beginners or those with a little experience; no equipment required.
Time: 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Meet: Ryton Pool car park.
Cost: £6.00 per child, per session.
Booking essential – telephone 024 7630 5592.

Toddler Trundle at Ryton Pools Country Park

A weekly event for the tiniest of tiddlers! Leaf fun, stories, mud pies and collecting treasures will be amongst some of our activities designed for the smallest naturalists. After the walk and activities, head back to The Courtyard Café for refreshments (extra cost for refreshments, exclusive reduced-price Toddler Trundle menu available). A quarterly programme is available from the Visitor Centre giving activity details for each week.

Time: 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
Meet: The Visitor Centre Courtyard.
Cost: £2.50 per toddler (excluding refreshments)

Birds of Prey at Ryton Pools Country Park

A regular event with local birds of prey experts. Meet the birds, see them fly and learn about these amazing creatures.

Time: 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Meet: Jo’s Garden next to the Visitor Centre.
Cost: FREE event (donations welcome to animal welfare charities).