Bring your family to the national park picnic

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Wednesday 15 July 2009

13 July 2009

Bring your family to the national park picnic

Residents across the Peak District National Park are being invited to a family picnic and fun day to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the legislation that created national parks.

The event will take place at Losehill Hall, the Peak District National Park Authority’s learning and environmental conference centre, at Castleton between 10.30am and 4pm on Sunday 26 July.

The free picnic and fun day will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act and launch National Park’s Week, which runs from 27 July to 2 August. People taking part can bring their own picnic to eat in the 27-acre grounds of Losehill Hall.

The packed programme of free events for people of all ages includes:

  • Guided walks of differing lengths for people of all abilities
  • Pond dipping
  • Sensory walk
  • Story telling
  • Art in the park
  • Activities with the youth rangers team
  • A self lead history trail
  • A session to create your own national park picnic day book
  • Un-natural trail
  • Making a boggart out of clay - a boggart is a fairy that causes things to disappear.

For the more adventurous there will be a three-hour walk from Losehill Hall to Winnat’s Pass, leaving at 12.30pm. It will be led by Terry Howard from the Peak District Local Access Forum. Anyone interested should bring walking boots and suitable clothing with them. Places can be pre-booked by ringing 01433 620373.

Narendra Bajaria, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The picnic is a great opportunity for the whole family to spend a day together in the wonderful grounds of Losehill Hall. The whole day is free and there are lots of activities for children of all ages to enjoy. It will also be a fun way of finding out more about what a national park is and why they were set up.”

To help protect the environment and reduce the number of cars at Losehill Hall the authority is providing a free mini bus which will collect visitors from Hope railway station at 10.38am and 10.45am on Sunday 26 July. Return mini-buses from Losehill Hall to the railway station will start at 4pm.

Anyone wanting to bring a car must pre-book by ringing Losehill Hall on 01433 620373. Only guide dogs can be brought to the event. Losehill Hall is off the A6187, just outside Castleton. A map of how to find Losehill Hall and a full address can be seen at  

Further details about the 60th anniversary celebrations and events during National Parks’ Week can be seen by visiting or

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