National Parks Week 2010




The wild open spaces of UK’s National Parks have long inspired artists, musicians and writers and this year’s National Parks Week (26 July to 1 August 2010 ) will celebrate some of these cultural heroes with an array of fun filled events.

Windermere and the Lake District Fells

Windermere and the Lake District Fells

UK National Parks have been a source of inspiration for people both past and present, from early feminist and social reformer Josephine Butler in Northumberland to modern day ex-Catatonia lead singer Cerys Matthews in Pembrokeshire Coast.

Other heroes include Scottish pioneering thinker and planner Sir Patrick Geddes, glasswear artists in the North York Moors, a snake catcher in the New Forest, puppeteers, a garden designer for the rich and stately, world explorer Captain Cook and many more  www.nationalparks.gov.uk/inspiring.

Cultural events being held during National Parks Week include

  • ‘Hands on Heritage’ in Dartmoor National Park – with activities, quizzes, dig boxes and demonstrations;
  • A poetic journey in Snowdonia National Park
  • Medieval Fayre in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
  • and a tour of some of the places that inspired Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’ in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

For more information and events visit www.nationalparks.gov.uk

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