If you like a picnic then this coming week will be very special for you. The Broads Authority are holding their annual picnic by the flint barn at Whitlingham Country Park just outside Norwich. Easily accessible, Whitlingham Country Park is a short hop from Norwich and sits at the gateway to the Broads. The event marks the beginning “Actively Yours” which aims to get you outside and to enjoy and experience National Parks. The week long event runs from Monday 29 July until Sunday 4 August 2013.

The Broads Picnic Country Park 2013There will be lots to do and see including face painting, circus skills and outdoor games, archery, canoeing, pot throwing, woodcraft activities, portapond dipping, children’s crafts, badge making and boat trips.

You will also have the chance to see (and hear) two bands, Mammal Hands and Hard Rain.

You will also be able to meet and find out more about the RSPB, RSPCA and Fairhaven Gardens along the Broads Authority, local councils and charities.

People will be treated to a day of fun and entertainment at the weekend when they are invited to a country picnic on the fringe of the city to celebrate the Broads status as part of the National Park family.

Sunday sees the Broads Authority’s annual free Picnic in the Park which will this year be held next to the flint barn at Whitlingham with entertainment from two local bands as well as a variety of stalls and activities.

Whitlingham Country Park sits at the gateway to the Broads but its location close to the city and transport links makes it easily accessible.

Everyone is invited to bring their picnics along from 11am to 4pm to herald the start of National Parks Week which runs from Monday 29 July until Sunday 4 August under the theme ‘Actively Yours’ to encourage people to get outside and make the most of their national parks.

Music will be provided by Mammal Hands and Hard Rain while activities include face painting, circus skills and outdoor games, archery, canoeing, pot throwing, woodcraft activities, portapond dipping, children’s crafts, badge making and boat trips. Most of these will be free but there will be charges for some of the bigger activities.

There will be stands from the RSPB, RSPCA and Fairhaven Gardens as well as the Broads Authority, local councils, charities and businesses.

Find out more at The Broads Authority