Festival of Nature Image supplied by The Parks Trust

The adapted programme replaces the cancelled event in June

The MK Festival of Nature is a programme of activities to celebrate the beautiful and inspiring nature found in Milton Keynes’ green spaces. It was due to take place in June but due to the situation around COVID-19 it was postponed this until August.

The festival will now run from 31st August – 6 September 2020. The activities have been adapted to follow the current government guidelines.

There is a choice of ticketed events over the week-long festival, along with some of the online activities that will be shared via social media. If you fancy getting out and about then why not take part in one of the walks. There is a variety to choose from, including:

  • Evening bat walks
    Participants will join bat enthusiasts for a walk around Walton Lake to discover these nocturnal animals that fly through MK’s parks.
  • Wellbeing Walk for Families
    A chance to connect with nature, using your senses to take in the surroundings as well as taking part in relaxing activities.
  • Foraging Walk for Adults
    This session at the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve is designed to give an introduction to locating and harvesting food for free in MK parkland spaces and will also help increase your confidence in identifying wild plants, berries and nuts.

For those budding star gazers there is ‘Explore the skies with UK Astronomy‘. In this virtual event you’ll find out more about our solar system and beyond in this fascinating talk by the team, follow by the opportunity to ask any questions.

This event will be hosted virtually and once you’ve booked your place joining instructions will be sent across.

If you’re looking for something more creative, then you could join local artist Kate Wyatt for a morning of artistic discovery at Great Linford Manor Park.

In this session for adults you’ll learn how to record the natural environment through sketching and other artistic techniques.

Kate Wyatt is a professional artist based in Milton Keynes and her speciality is British wildlife, flora and fauna. You will be drawing outdoors from life using different media and beginning a journal of ideas and observations of your surroundings.

To find out more about our events or to book click here.

The MK Parks social channels throughout the week will be sharing a whole host of activities you can do at home or in your local park.

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MK Parks will also be sharing activities from its partners, learn how to be nature detective with BBOWT or a Garden Explorer with Tring Natural History Museum.