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Love your local park!

Love Parks Week takes place from 29 July - 5 August 2022 and gives us the chance to shout about our wonderful green spaces!

From Kings Park in Bournemouth, to Stanpit Marsh in Christchurch, Upton Country Park in Poole, and every other green space inbetween, we love our parks and green spaces and hope you all do too!

The Parks Foundation have got a whole host of activities planned across our parks and green spaces over the summer holidays, including a frisbee fling in Shelley Park, a world of insects event in Watermans Park and a marvellous mammals event in Branksome Recreation Ground, so get outside and discover your new favourite park at one of these events!
Find out more about The Parks Foundation events
Don't scorch our heathlands

We're part of the Urban Heath Partnership and alongside Litter Free Dorset and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service we're raising awareness of the risk of wildfires on heathlands and forests during the hot summer months.

We've put large banners around these sites reminding everyone that campfires and barbeques are not allowed on heathland sites.

Find out more
Commonwealth activity trails
Bournemouth's School Games Organiser has set up some Commonwealth activity trails for families to take part in at Slades Farm, Queens Park, Littledown Park, Kings Park and Boscombe Chine to celebrate and raise awareness of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Place, BCP Council commented: “This is a great way to get families outside and exploring local parks and open spaces right on their doorstep.
 
“Being outside and in the fresh air is known to improve wellbeing and taking part in these trails will allow you to discover nature and possibly even spot some wildlife along the way with your children, whilst spending valuable family time together – and you might even find a new favourite green space that you didn’t know existed!”
Find out more
A summer of fun at Upton Country Park!
Upton Country Park has a summer of fun planned with exciting new challenges taking place each week including a science week, mythical creatures week and a summer circus week. Collect a new challenge sheet each week and mark off when complete, while earning your summer of fun champions badge at the end of the school holidays.

There's also a film festival in the Walled Gardens on 3 August, showing a collection of five extraordinary short films featuring epic adventures, cultural stories and environmental issues from some of the world’s best filmmakers. Tell your friends, book your tickets, pack your picnics and join us in August!

Enjoy the very best food and drink with your favourite people from 27-29 August at the Fantastic Food Festival while watching the entertainment on offer, including Michelin starred chef Jean-Christophe Novelli showcasing his extensive knowledge, and wholefood warrier Eva Humphries' masterclass.
A summer of fun at Upton Country Park
Activities to entertain at Highcliffe Castle
Highcliffe Castle have got a raft of activities to entertain all ages over the summer holidays.

Every Tuesday and Thursday until 4 September, you can take part in themed children's crafts or embark on the Fairytale Trail, finding hidden storybook characters as you explore around the Castle.
 
On 14 August ‘Awful Auntie’ by the UK’s most loved children’s writer David Walliams is playing. Bring a picnic and enjoy a spot of outdoor theatre on the lawns.
 
It's £5 for Families Day on 15 August, saving you £10 off your entry fee!
 
From 31 July - 29 September visit the new Cabinet of Marvels Exhibition which showcases treasured items that have been given a new lease of life through carvings and paper sculptures.
Further details, prices and booking info
News in brief
Upton Country Park is in the running to scoop the accolade of being a local favourite, national favourite or even the UK’s Favourite Park 2022 in a nationwide public vote organised by green space charity, Fields in Trust. If you love Upton Country Park as much as we do, you've got until 18 August to cast your vote!

The release of sky lanterns and helium balloons are banned from all council owned land. They can have damaging and dangerous consequences to our natural environment and wildlife, who can mistake them for food. Find safer and environmentally friendly alternatives here.

If you're out and about this summer, don't forget to drop into one of our Park Cafés and enjoy a tempting treat or two! Fantastic food in picturesque places is surely a winning combination, but what’s even better is knowing the pennies you spend in our Park Cafés will help support our beautiful parks and open spaces.
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