Will you be ditching your computer and remote today? Will you be getting up the sofa, and going outdoors to celebrate National Children’s Day which is today, 11th May. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘swap screen time for wild time’ and it’s all about spending time in the great outdoors.
Spending time out and about, playing and exploring the great outdoors will bring you increased physical activity, connect you to nature and let you have a great time, too!
“Locally we’ve got some fantastic outdoor spaces to explore, so what are you waiting for!”
Outdoors in Central Bedfordshire, there are more than 1000 hectares of woodland, grassland and wetland
Dunstable DownsFly a Kite, roll down a hill, look at the clouds and explore Chute Wood, a fantastic natural play area with drums and scramble wall. Visit the Chiltern’s Gateway Centre for more information and pick up a ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾ ‘booklet. Café and toilets available.
Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Road, Heath and Reach. LU7 0EB.An enormous woodland to explore. Follow the surfaced family trail and look for the giant spider and find the doors where the little folk live. Look at herons on their nest from the Heron’s View visitor centre and try out the new toddler’s play area and older children’s round swing and slide. Café and toilets available.
Sundon Hills, Harlington Road, SundonLoads and loads of space to run wild! A great place to watch wildlife. Look for flowers, butterflies and birds in the wood and grassland.
Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Mentmore Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 2AEThis is a good site for buggies with a surfaced circular path around the lake. There are play and low impact exercise features around the site and plenty to see including boats on the canal.
A magical woodland with a fantastic sculpture trail. Look out for the black squirrels and say ‘hello’ to the resident monk.
Campton Plantation, Ampthill Road, Shefford
Centenary Wood, Sand Lane, PulloxhillA quiet place to find flowers, butterflies and mini-beasts. This is a developing woodland and there are lots of places to explore.
Baulk Wood, Langford Road, HenlowOur own ‘run wild site’. Lots of natural play features, logs to climb and balance on, build a den in the wood and make sure you visit all the animals on the sculpture trail. Listen out for the cuckoo.
Saxon Gate Pocket Park, Old Dunton Lane, BiggleswadeA quiet hidden site. A great place to look for mini-beasts and there are some natural play logs for climbing and balancing games.
Jubilee Wood, walk through from Saxon Road, BiggleswadeOur newest countryside site. It was only planted in the winter so doesn’t look like a wood yet, but there is still plenty to see and lots of paths to explore. And don’t forget to keep visiting to see the wood develop.
Blue Waters/ Plaiters Way, Houghton RegisThere are surfaced paths around this small site. There is a natural play area and lots of benches so you can enjoy a picnic whilst listening to the birds and watching the butterflies flutter by!
For more information and other sites to visit go to www.centralbedfordshire.gov/countryside, www.nationaltrust.org.uk or www.greensandtrust.org
For ideas on activities and things for children to do www.50things.org.uk or www.naturedetectives.org.uk