Take part in the Living with Mammals survey - from 3 April
How many of Britain’s wild mammals have you seen? Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling on volunteers to answer this question by taking part in their annual Living with Mammals survey, which asks the public to record sightings of Britain’s wild mammals over a 13-week period, starting on Monday 3 April 2017.
Admire the sand sculptures of Weymouth – from 8 April
On 8 April, the very best sand artists from around the world will converge upon the seaside town of Weymouth – the birthplace of British sand sculpture – for another year of seaside art. Following the success of last years theme, A Life on Earth, this year will once again be celebrating the life and work of Sir David Attenborough with A Life on Earth 2.
For more information, visit www.sandworld.co.uk
Somerset's secret walks – starting 6 April
This spring, Somerset is launching a campaign to allow walker's to discover the splendours of its secret coastline, from the sand-hugged Burnham Lighthouse to soaring cliffs and waterfalls. Starting in April, the ten-week campaign will publish a secret sea walk every week.
To discover the first secret walk, visit http://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/secretsomerset/secret-seawalks
Nutters Dance, Bacup, Lancashire - 16 April, Easter Sunday
The Bacup Nutters Dance traditionally takes place on Easter Saturday in the small Pennine town of Bacup. Each year a team of folk-dancers with blackened faces dance through the town from boundary to boundary.
Egg rolling, Preston - 17 April, Easter Monday
Egg rolling is very popular in England and the rest of the UK and is an Easter Monday sport. Hard-boiled eggs are rolled down a hill. Customs differ from place to place. The winner's egg may be the one that rolls the farthest, survives the most rolls, or is rolled between two pegs.
Enjoy live music, workshops and Easter bonnet making, plus don't forget to bring your own egg to roll down the hill.
The Big Easter Egg Hunt at Blenheim Palace - 14-17 April
Explore ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and Pleasure Gardens at the spectacular Blenheim Palace while hunting for 8ft giant decorated eggs. Children will love seeking out the special ‘Blenheim Egg’. A traditional vintage fairground and puppet show are also on offer.
Hare Pie Scramble and Bottle Kicking, Hallaton in Leicestershire - 17 April , Easter Monday
Small wooden barrels filled with ale are used as rugby balls in the no-holds barrel contest, the object of which is to get each of the three casks to a touchline in either village.
Wool and Natural Fibres Festival - 22 & 23 April
Textile intrigue at Wonderwool Wales 2017, held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. Enjoy a fantastic range of Welsh and British artisan products and meet the makers. A great family day out with hands-on woolschool workshops and events showcasing the best in Welsh and British wool and natural fibres.
Tour de Yorkshire - 28 - 30 April
This much-loved bike race through the North York Moors and along the Yorkshire Coast is back. Follow the action as top cyclists hit the road from Bridlington on a sweeping three-day route, taking in Robin Hood’s Bay and Scarborough before arriving with much fanfare into Harrogate. A one-day women’s race also takes place
on the Saturday.
ride2stride Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival: 25 April - 1 May 2017
ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line - hikers can join in the celebrations of the reopening of the full length of the world-famous Settle-Carlisle Railway Line.
The festival celebrates the landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley and is made up of lots of events and activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders.
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink - 26 - 29 April
The popular three-day event is taking place in the heart of Exeter in the beautiful Northernhay Gardens and grand surroundings of Exeter Castle. The 14th Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink will feature more than 90 producers from the region.
For more information and to buy tickets visit: www.exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk
Plant Hunters Fair Weston Park, Shropshire Sunday – 30 April - 1 May
On Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May, the Plant Hunters Fair returns to the grounds of Weston Park, Shropshire one of the country’s most beautiful estates. Expert growers will be selling a fabulous array of plants, as well offering advice to visitors. Weston’s 17th century house will also be open.
Admission to the Plant Hunters Fair (10am-4pm) on both days costs £3 per person with admission to the House costing £2 per person. Why not join Weston’s Bluebell Walk On Sunday 7 May, too?
To find out more, visit www.weston-park.com/events
The UK’s Largest Cheese Fair, Melton Mowbray – 29-30 April
Melton Mowbray’s Artisan Cheese Fair marks a special day in the calendar for turophiles (connoisseurs of cheese) around the country. Many of the UK’s rarest and most sought after cheeses – some 300 in all – will be on show. Produced by 65 cheese makers from as far as Cornwall and the West of Ireland, to the East of England and Dumfries in Scotland, there is something for everyone.
To find out more, visit www.artisancheesefair.co.uk
Image: ©Artisan Cheese Fair
The Cotswold Water Park Trust nightingale walk – 25 April and 2 May
Head to the Cotswold Water Park this spring for the ever popular Nightingale Walk. Led by expert birders, the two-hour walk will take you through the western side of Cotswold Water Park. After a long and perilous journey from West Africa, the lakelands are an ideal breeding ground for nightingales.
Numbers are limited, so if you want to hear the nightingales' magnificent melodious song, book your place by calling the CWP Trust offices on 01793 752413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: © Dave Soons
Llannant Open Farm, Swansea – 24-28 April
Head to Llannant Farm in Penyrheol, Swansea as it opens it gates to the public. In operation since 1941, this family run farm has plenty to show off – milk the dairy cows and feed the calves; make butter and harvest the crops. For children and adults alike, Llannant's Open Farm provides guests with a great opportunity to get involved with a working farm.
For more information, go to www.llannantfarm.com
Image © Andrew Stevens
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