Active Parks

Our Active Park project is working in partnership with Northamptonshire Public Health and Northamptonshire Sport to help more of the county’s residents to take part in activities to improve their physical and mental health.

The parks are places where large numbers of people can enjoy healthy outdoor activities, escape from stress and learn new things. We have put together a range of programs for young people, families and adults that includes Nature Tots, health walks, Natural Minds and volunteering using the natural environment.

People already use our Country Parks in a wide variety of ways including for physical activity, games, children’s adventure play, bird watching, fishing, picnics and photography or simply being out in beautiful countryside where their children can run free and explore nature. You can do as much or as little as you can manage with plenty of benches to rest on until you’re ready to carry on.

50km for 50 years

2021 is the fiftieth birthday for both Barnwell and Irchester Country Parks and to celebrate we are challenging you to complete 50km in any of our parks between 1 June and 31 December 2021. It is up to you how many times you visit to complete the challenge; you can do lots of short walks or fewer longer walks. You can do it all in one park or split it between all five. You can even team up with others and complete as a team. The choice is entirely up to you.

This virtual event will help encourage you to get out and about in nature, be more active or just provide you with another excuse to visit our beautiful Country Parks while helping us to celebrate 50 fabulous years for two of our amazing parks.

Cost: £8.00 per person (normal parking charges apply)

Everyone who registers, completes the 50km and emails a log of the walks to us by 31 January 2022 will receive an eco-friendly medal and will be put in a draw for an annual car park pass.

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Bespoke activities

If you work with people with long term health conditions or another group of people who would benefit from getting out and about in our parks please get in touch. As well as our public activity sessions we are able to work with you to provide bespoke activities in the parks that would meet the needs of your groups.

Working with you we can modify one of our established sessions, create something completely new or even just be a new place to host one of your normal group sessions. Please email us to discuss how we can help:

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