31 July 2012
National Parks Week – Active fun for youngsters in our winning landscapes
Northumberland National Park is pulling out all the stops for National Parks Week 2012 to demonstrate to youngsters what a great time can be had getting fit and active in the exhilarating landscape of the National Park.
Starting on Monday 30th July, there will be adventure activities for all ages at Walltown near
Greenhead and at the National Park Centre, Once Brewed – both sites along Hadrian’s Wall connected by the Hadrian’s Wall bus AD122.
At Walltown, in the National Park’s conservation and recreation site on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st July, there will be a chance for families to zipwire with iconic views of Hadrian’s Wall as a backdrop and to test their nerve at the climbing wall, extreme kiting, paddle boarding and slack line walking.
At Once Brewed National Park Centre on the same days there will be woodcraft, wild art and archery, including activities for the tiny tots.
Both sites will be open for business from 10am to 4pm on both days. There will be a charge for activities at Walltown but activities at the National Park Centre Once Brewed will be free.
On Thursday, 2nd August, 10am-3pm The Urban Games and Hip Hop are at Walltown with sports of skill and creativity including parkour, dance and music workshops, BMX and skate ramps. All for free! A free shuttle bus will operate all day from Haltwhistle station.
There are light refreshment outlets, picnic tables and toilet facilities at both venues, and both have facilities accessible for disabled visitors. The village of Greenhead near Walltown has a tearoom and hotel for hot meals and the Twice Brewed Inn next door to Once Brewed also offers hot meals.
These are both outdoor venues so visitors are requested to wear suitable clothing in case of rain. For enquiries, call Once Brewed TiC on 01434 344396.
Either side of National Parks Week, National Park Volunteer Rangers are running a number of free guided walks at various locations throughout the National Park. Details on the Volunteer Ranger Walks page.
John Riddle, Chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority said: “Many of the country’s finest athletes have been inspired by the challenges of getting fit and active in the open countryside. We want to give youngsters in the North East the chance to challenge themselves in our spectacular landscapes and find out if they get a taste for the great outdoors”.
UK National Parks Week takes place across the country in each of the fifteen National Parks. This year's National Parks Week is a celebration of our beautiful winning landscapes which have inspired mountaineers, sailors, cyclists, runners and Olympic athletes to aim higher and train harder - sometimes to record-breaking effect.
The Urban Games & Hip Hop is a youth-led programme connecting children and young people with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games via the activities and disciplines of urban arts and sports.