Complete our February Half-Term Nature Challenge!

12 February 2021


We are not able to host our usual February half-term open days and activities in person this year, but our Outdoor Learning team still want to encourage you and your family to get outdoors and appreciate all that nature has to offer!

So, this half-term we are challenging the children of Milton Keynes to take part our 5-day nature challenge. The challenge involves a series of fun activities which can be completed in your local park or back garden. We have also created a 'Fun From Home' colouring sheet for a rainy day activity.

The 5-day challenge includes:

Day 1 – Create a nature journal
Day 2 – Make a bird feeder
Day 3 – Go on a bug hunting adventure
Day 4 – Become a wildlife detective
Day 5 – Make your own green band from natural instruments

Download the printable guide for more information. 

We’d love to see photos of you taking part! Please tag us @theparkstrust on social media so we can congratulate you on completing the challenge.

Please follow the current government guidance if you are taking part in this challenge, more information on the current restrictions can be found here.



Discover our parks

  • Howe Park Wood

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

    Refreshments
    There is a Café at Howe Park Wood ran by Grounds. The café is operating a takeaway only service until further notice.

  • Great Linford Manor Park

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.

  • Campbell Park

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture mean it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities in Campbell Park other than during special events. However, there are a wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants in the nearby city centre, theatre district and Xscape centre.

  • Ashland Lakes

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Formerly known as the Simpson balancing reservoir these lakes were formed in around 2006 to provide a more attractive and interesting area of parkland for the adjoining housing development at Ashland. The site comprises a chain of connected lakes and an ornamental pond with a fountain. Ashland Lakes still serve as a balancing reservoir to accommodate excessive rainfall so please note that the lakes can overflow from time to time.

    Refreshments

  • Willen Lake South

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

    Refreshments
    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Greene King.

  • Stonepit Field

    Facilities:

    • Toilets
    • Barbecue Area
    • Café
    • Play Area
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    Stonepit Field is the location for many events including wildflower walks and fossil hunts. It is also a great place for dog walking.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments are available from the nearby Black Horse pub.

  • Nature inspired activities and resources which you can do at home or in your local parks.
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