Love Parks Week

Love Parks Week

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Love Parks Week is the perfect reason to get outdoors and enjoy the summer.

We’re celebrating all that parks have to offer, so why not visit your local park during the campaign to show what it means to you?

Details for Love Parks Week 2021 are below.

Love Parks Week Activities

Summer of Play Activities

Biodiversity University

Date & Time Location Information

Thursday 22 July

11am to 12noon

Browns Bay, Islandmagee

Seashell Stories

A Seaside Conservation Adventure.

Enjoy interactive storytelling and environmental activities on this beautiful beach and you may even meet a mermaid!

Booking essential.

Booking link

Thursday 22 July

10am to 12noon

Peoples Park, Ballymena

 

Orienteering Challenge

Get active and improve your navigational skills.

Enjoy the challenge of orienteering in the beautiful surroundings of Peoples Park.

Booking essential.

Contact outdoor.recreation@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Thursday 22 July

6.30pm to 7.30pm

Town Park, Larne

Big Family Games Night

Bring the whole family along for an evening of fun and games including rounders, ultimate frisbee, capture the flag and much more.

Booking essential.

Booking link

Friday 23 July

8pm to 10pm
Galgorm Wood, Cullybackey

Bat Night

Go batty for bats! Take a walk at dusk looking for these fascinating nocturnal mammals using torches and bat detectors.

Please bring your own torch if you have one.

Meeting at Old Mill Park Cullybackey.

Booking essential.

Booking link

Saturday 24 July

3 bookable sessions
Carrickfergus Marina 

Paddle Boarding

Take the splash and try out paddleboarding at Carrickfergus Marina

Booking essential.

Booking link

Saturday 24 July

10am to 12noon

Carrickfergus Mill Ponds

Connected Walk: History and Heritage

A 90 minute guided walk taking in the rich history of Carrickfergus followed by a cuppa and a chat.  Walk led by local expert Graham Walton as part of the Mid and East Antrim Loneliness Network programme, taking in Carrickfergus Mill Ponds, Shaftesbury Park, Marine Gardens and Carrickfergus Castle. Meeting at Carrickfergus Amphitheatre carpark.

Booking essential.

Booking link

Sunday 25 July

Carnfunnock Country Park

Summer Band Concert

Enjoy a free band concert within the Walled Garden Amphitheatre.

Dummigans Accordion from 2.15pm - 3.15pm

CWA Brass Band from 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Wednesday 28 July

10am to 12noon

Eden community centre and allotments, Carrickfergus

Sensory walk and petting farm

Join our guided walk and connect with nature and your senses, along with some animals.

Booking link

Wednesday 4 August

10am to 12noon

The People's Park, Ballymena

Natural Play

Join NIFSA for a morning of natural play, connecting to the natural elements in an imaginative way.

2 x 45min sessions

Booking link

Wednesday 11 August

1pm to 3pm

Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus

Big Family Games Afternoon

Bring the whole family along for an afternoon of games including rounder’s, capture the flag and ultimate Frisbee.

Booking link

To ensure attendees safety, numbers will be strictly limited.

Booking is essential.

Attendees will be expected to adhere to current Public Health Agency guidance and Government Guidelines.

Attendees are advised to check the weather in advance and wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Summer of Play Activities

Date & Time Location Information

Wednesday 28 July

10am to 12noon

Eden community centre and allotments

Sensory walk and petting farm

Join our guided walk and connect with nature and your senses, along with some animals.

Booking link

Wednesday 4 August

10am to 12noon

The Peoples Park

Natural Play

Join NIFSA for a morning of natural play, connecting to the natural elements in an imaginative way.

2 x 45min sessions

Booking link

Wednesday 11 August

1pm to 3pm

Shaftesbury Park

Big Family Games Afternoon

Bring the whole family along for an afternoon of games including rounder’s, capture the flag and ultimate Frisbee.

Booking link

Wednesday 18 August

10am to 12pm

Larne Town Park

Magic Show

Come along and meet Mr magic and his friend Oscar the magic monkey. A morning of fun mischief, laughter and magic!

2 x 40min shows available

Booking link

Wednesday 25 August

1pm to 3pm

ECOS

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenge for clues around the ECOS centre and see how many answers you can find.

Booking link

Biodiversity University 

Learn all about the natural world through fun family activities!

Can you graduate from Biodiversity University?

Date & Time Location Information

Monday 2 Aug - Friday 6 Aug

11am - 1pm daily

Diamond Jubilee Wood Register here

Free parking at Bentra Golf Course

10 – 15 minutes walk

Monday 9 Aug - Friday 13 Aug

11am - 1pm daily

Ecos Nature Park Register here

Free parking at Ecos Nature Park

Monday 16 Aug - Friday 20 Aug

11am - 1pm daily

Carnfunnock Country Park Register here

Free parking at Drains Bay, 10 minutes walk or paid parking (£4 per car) at Carnfunnock Country Park

Day one: Pollinator Pals

Learn about our local pollinators. Through natural art, you will create and plant your very own pollinator pot to take home and attract some pollinators into your own garden.

Build a solitary bee box with snug bug compartments to entice other insects and help conserve our vital pollinators.

Day two: The Secret Life of Bugs

Let’s go for a bug hunt!

Learn how to identify bugs, how they live and why they are so important to our environment. We may even get to see a few special creepy crawlies.

Day three: Tremendous Trees and Plants

How well do we know our plants?

Interactive tree ID and foraging our woodlands and hedgerows. Learn about wildflowers and make your own fabric art through the ancient Japanese practice of ‘Hapa Zome’, meaning leaf dye.

Day four: Wild Bushcraft Skills

You will take part in building your own shelter from scavenged natural materials in woodlands, learning skills needed to live and survive in the great outdoors.

Foraging in the fields and hedgerows, learning how to cook up a storm in nature!

Day five: Native Wild Mammals and Birds

Let’s get our binoculars out! Carry out a bird watch and ID, make natural and biodegradable feeders for our feathered friends. Learn how
to track mammals, and how we can spot the signs of them all around us.

Ten Park Facts...Did You Know?

  • 91% of people believe that public parks and open spaces improve their quality of life.
  • A brisk walk every day, in your local park, can reduce the risk of heart attacks by 50%, strokes by 50%, diabetes by 50%, fracture of the femur by 30%, colon cancer by 30%, breast cancer by 30% and Alzheimer’s by 25%.
  • Air quality, air temperature, water and flood management, are all kept within manageable limits because of parks and green spaces.
  • The more often a person visits urban open green spaces, the less often he or she will report stress-related illnesses.
  • Outdoor play and adventure can increase levels of physical activity and fitness, activate higher cognitive processes and healthy brain development.
  • Elderly people who have close access to a place where they can relax and enjoy nature, show significantly greater satisfaction with where they live.
  • The number one ranked issue for good parks and public spaces is that they give a sense of community.
  • Owners of small companies rank recreation, parks and open spaces as the highest priority in choosing a new location for their business.
  • Over 10% of the population choose to use their local green spaces daily.
  • Over 50% of us visit a park at least once a week, to improve physical - and mental - health, to enhance our closest relationships, to chill out, to interact with our communities and to have a good time.