Hop, Hop Hooray for Easter in the Parks!
The Parks Trust is springing into action with a fun-packed programme of outdoor activity for all ages this Easter. So, whether you’re out of school for a couple of weeks or just want to make the most of the Bank Holidays, check out what’s on offer in your local parks.
Saturday 1 – Sunday 16 April: FREE Easter Egg Trail at Caldecotte Brook
Suitable for all ages, simply show up to follow the clues, solve the puzzles and locate hidden Easter eggs on this self-guided trail around the park. Start at Caldecotte Brook, Britten Grove, Old Farm Park.
Monday 3 April, various times: Hedgehog Surveying Workshop at Howe Park Wood
Suitable for families with children aged 7-12, this activity costs just £5 for one adult and two children. Create a hedgehog survey tunnel, find out about MK Hogwatch and learn how to encourage hedgehogs into your garden. Various times. Booking essential.
Monday 3 April, 10am: Community Litter Pick: Campbell Park
Everyone is welcome to join forces at a big litter pick of the city’s central park. A Parks Trust Ranger will host the event which will improve the environment and remove hazards for local wildlife.
FREE Open Mornings And Pond Dipping At Howe Park Wood
Based around the theme of water and wetlands, Open Mornings will take place on Tuesday 4 and 11 April, Wednesday 5 and 12 April, and Thursday 6 and 13 April. There will be an opportunity to view pond creatures under microscopes, take part in a free self-guided trail through the ancient woodland and learn about water safety. Although everything is completely free, you can add extra fun to your visit by booking a pond dipping session for just £5 for a family of five.
Wednesday 5 April, 10am: FREE Easter Eggstravaganza at Ouzel Valley Park
Join The Parks Trust Events team at Ouzel Valley Park for crafts, activities and an Easter trail. The Easter Bunny is expected to put in a guest appearance too! Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday 8 April, 2pm and 3pm: Stories in the Park at Great Linford Manor Park
£5 for up to four people, this family-friendly event is hosted outside in the stunning setting of the newly-restored Great Linford Manor Park. A professional storyteller will delight you with her seasonal Spring tales! Booking is essential.
Tuesday 11 April, 11am – 1pm: 5 Ways Cafe at St. Andrew’s Church, Great Linford Manor Park
This dementia-friendly community café is the work of The Parks Trust, St. Andrew’s Church and the Friends of Great Linford Manor Park. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a cuppa and a chat, and there’s the option of joining in on an accessible guided walk around Great Linford Manor Park and the village.
Wednesday 12 April, 6pm: Freshwater Exploration Workshop at Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve
For over 18s, this will be a fascinating look at the elusive lives of British freshwater creatures. With talks from experts and a chance to participate in hands-on activities, you can get up close and personal with some freshwater invertebrates! It’s £5 per person and booking is essential.
Friday 14 April, 10:30am: FREE Great Linford Manor Park Guided Walk
All ages are invited to enjoy a stroll around the stunning landscape of Great Linford Manor Park. Get introduced to some of the park’s new and restored features – from fun, playable sculptures and ornate new seating to the much-loved veteran lime tree and delightful ponds. You will also learn more about the park’s history with local experts.
More details on each of these events is available at the Parks Trust website where you can also find maps, routes and lots of inspiration to help you get the most out of MK’s beautiful parkland.