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Friday, May 23, 2014

Enjoy fantastic free events in West Lancashire's parks during the coming weeks

Summer is here and West Lancashire’s parks are hosting some fantastic free events in June.

Local musicians will be entertaining the crowds at Eat to the Beat in Coronation Park, Ormskirk, on Sunday 1 June from midday to 4pm. West Lancashire Borough Council is supporting the event and there will be a variety of stalls and activities from local community groups.

Musical entertainment will include performances from the Twin Planets Rock Band, Erin Howard, and Maghull Parish Handbell Ringers and there will also be dance displays. People can cheer along dogs as they take on the agility course and children can meet some Shetland ponies, and there will also be a climbing wall, musical crafts and story-telling for the children. Eat to the Beat incorporates The Big Lunch which is a national event organised by the Eden Project and supported by Halifax Bank. Food treats on the day include a barbecue, cream teas, cupcakes and sweets/confectionery.

On Saturday 7 June visitors to Beacon Country Park can join the useful and edible plant walk, starting at 10am. This is a gentle two-mile stroll with local experts and takes a closer look at some of the useful, edible and truly fascinating plants that grow in our countryside. It is likely to be muddy in places so wear suitable footwear and clothing. All children under 16 require adult supervision. This event is free and booking is not required.

Volunteers can help the rangers tackle the problem with Himalayan Balsam, a plant that is choking out our native flora, at our balsam bashing event on Sunday 8 June. People taking part should meet at the lay-by opposite Fairy Glen on the A5209, Appley Bridge, at 10am. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the weather and ground conditions. All children under 16 require adult supervision.

If you fancy enjoying some fantastic sky high activities then come along to the annual kite-flying weekend at Beacon Country Park on Saturday 14 June and Sunday 15 June. The rangers run the kite-flying weekend in conjunction with the Northern Kite Group and there will be displays of all sorts of kites, altitude sprints and formation flying between 11am and 4pm on both days. There will also be kites for sale as well as hot food and ice creams.

If cheering on Andy Murray at Wimbledon makes you want to give tennis a try then come to the Ormskirk Tennis Festival on Sunday 29 June, between 11am and 5pm. This one-day spectacular family tennis event at Coronation Park, Ormskirk, gives people the chance to take part in fun competitions, and test their fitness playing cardio tennis. Other activities include a bouncy castle, tennis ball treasure hunt, making tennis ball bird feeders and much more. Refreshments will also be available.

As well as these events the regular health walks take place every week. On Tuesdays the walks start from Richmond Park bowling pavilion, Burscough, at 10am, and on Wednesdays they start from Coronation Park bowling pavilion, Ormskirk, at 1pm. The health walks are open to all - no bookings required! For more information, please call 01695 555804.

For more details on West Lancashire Borough Council leisure events visit the events  pages.

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