Magical festive season at Warwickshire’s Country Parks

Warwickshire County Council’s Country Parks are all set for a magical festive season.

With a programme packed full of activities to entertain the kids (and adults) over the Christmas holidays, ranging from a ‘Fairy Merry Christmas’ and ‘Wonderful Winter Walks’ to crafting and making your very own willow angel; there is bound to be something to please everyone.

Booking is essential for all activities – be quick!

SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2018 to SUNDAY 6 JANUARY 2019 (WEEKENDS AND SCHOOL HOLIDAYS)

Naughty Elves Festive Fun Trail at Ryton Country Pools Country Park

T’was the month before Christmas when all through the park, not a creature was stirring….except for the VERY naughty Elves! Come and see what mischief the naughty elves have been up to this year. Can you complete the trail and collect your Christmas badge prize? On collection, make sure you collect your ‘Good Child’ token and post it to Father Christmas at his sleigh in the courtyard. Collect your trail sheet from the Visitor Centre.

Cost: £2.00 per trail sheet.

WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER

Toddler Trundle at Ryton Pools Country Park

A weekly event for the tiniest of tots! 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 11.00 a.m.

Meet: The Visitor Centre Courtyard

Cost: £2.50 per toddler (excluding refreshments)

SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER

Christmas Willow Angel at Ryton Pools Country Park

Come along and create your very own 4ft willow angel! The Ranger will show you step by step, using simple willow weaving techniques, how to make this decorative garden or home masterpiece.

Time: 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Meet: The Visitor Centre

Cost: £15.00 per angel (up to 3 people can make one angel)

Booking essential via Eventbrite, follow link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/warwickshire-country-parks-17229016764

SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER

Natural Christmas at Kingsbury Water Park

Make a variety of festive decorations from natural materials in time to hang on your Christmas tree or decorate your house. Suitable for anyone who loves Christmas, just bring your imagination and a dash of creativity.

Time: 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Meet: The Education Centre

Cost: £5.00 per person (no concessions)

Booking essential via Eventbrite, follow link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/warwickshire-country-parks-17229016764

WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER

Toddler Trundle Christmas Party at Ryton Pools Country Park

Have some Christmassy fun on the last Toddler Trundle of the year. Follow the trail with Mr. Snowman and join in with some festive crafts before you tuck into the party food!

Time: 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Meet: The Visitor Centre Courtyard

Cost: £6.00 per toddler

Booking essential via Eventbrite, follow link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/warwickshire-country-parks-17229016764

SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER

Volunteer Saturday at Ryton Pools Country Park

Come along and learn about practical country park management in the best way possible – by getting stuck in! Meeting one Saturday per month, we will undertake a variety of practical work tasks such as pond clearance, fence repairs and hedge laying. This is a great way to meet like-minded people, keep active and help manage your local country park! No experience necessary as full training is given. Please bring sturdy footwear and suitable clothes for the weather conditions.

Time: 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Meet: The Visitor Centre

Cost: FREE

SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER

Natural Christmas at Kingsbury Water Park

Make a variety of festive decorations from natural materials in time to hang on your Christmas tree or decorate your house. Suitable for anyone who loves Christmas, just bring your imagination and a dash of creativity.

Time: 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Meet: The Education Centre

Cost: £5.00 per person (no concessions)

Booking essential via Eventbrite, follow link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/warwickshire-country-parks-17229016764

SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER

A Fairy Merry Christmas at Ryton Pools Country Park

The Fairies’ Christmas tree decorations have been hidden! It looks like the naughty goblins have been up to no good again! Decorate your own willow Christmas star, then help the fairies by gong on a hunt for their missing decorations. If we find them, the fairies may let us decorate their Christmas tree for them in Fairy Forest and cook some marshmallows over the fire! Suitable for children aged 3 years and above, who must be accompanied by an adult. Under 5’s will need extra supervision during the activity.

Time: 1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Meet: The Visitor Centre

Cost: £4.50 per child

Booking essential via Eventbrite, follow link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/warwickshire-country-parks-17229016764

SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER

Winter Walk at Hartshill Hayes Country Park

A 4 mile circular walk taking in the Warwickshire Countryside. See the four counties from the steep hilltop meadow and the fabulous views over the Anker Valley.

Time: 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Meet: The Tea Kiosk

Booking Essential – Telephone 01827 872660

Cost: Adults £4.00, Concessions £2.50, Family £8.50

TUESDAY 26 DECEMBER

Boxing Day Ramble at Hartshill Hayes Country Park

Guided walk with a Ranger, starting at a wonderful viewpoint overlooking 4 counties, followed by a gentle walk along local tracks and the Coventry Canal, before enjoying a warming glass of mulled wine and a mince pie! Please wear strong, sturdy footwear and suitable clothing.

Time: 10.30 a.m. to 13.30 p.m.

Meet: The Visitor Centre

Cost: Adults £6.00, Children and Concessions £4.00, Family £16.00 (2 Adults and 2 Children)

Booking essential – telephone 01827 872660