Spring has well and truly sprung in West Lancashire and there is no better time to enjoy the great outdoors, particularly as the school Easter holidays are about to begin.
The Borough Council's Parks and Countryside Ranger Service manages some lovely places to visit across the Borough for a great day out for all the family.
Coronation Park in Ormskirk and Beacon Country Park in Up Holland have both earned Green Flag status for a number of years, which means they have been judged to be among the best parks in the country by Keep Britain Tidy.
Other popular places to visit include: Abbey Lakes; Burscough Brickpits; Chequer Lane Fishing Lake; Cheshire Lines Path; Dean Wood; Fairy Glen; Hunters Hill; Platts Lane Lake; Richmond Park; Ruff Wood; Stanley Coronation Park; Station Approach and Tawd Valley Park.
For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council's parks and countryside sites and events please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/countryside.
Children aged 12 and under can join in the fun on the free Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday, 19 April at Beacon Country Park any time between 10am and 3pm. Maps can be collected from the Ranger Office in the Visitor Centre and there will be prizes for the first 100 children to complete the trail and return to the office with the password. Booking is not required. For more details contact the rangers at Beacon.Park@westlancs.gov.uk.
On Easter Sunday (21 April) walkers can stride out on the free eight-mile Beacon Canal Loop Walk, starting from the Visitors Centre at Beacon Country Park at 10am. Booking is not required but please turn up in time for the walk to start promptly at 10am.
Silcocks Funfair comes to Coronation Park, Ormskirk over the Easter weekend from 19-22 April and the May Day bank holiday weekend from 4-6 May.
Nature enthusiasts can find out all about bats on Friday 4 May when a regional expert, guides visitors around Burscough Brickpits. This free event will start at 9pm and booking is required.
Walkers can stretch their legs again on the six-mile Clieves Hill Circular Walk on Monday 6 May, starting from the Ranger Hut at Coronation Park, Ormskirk at 10am.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at these events and as they are all outdoors please come dressed appropriate for the weather/ground conditions.
Heidi McDougall, Director of Leisure and Environment Services, said "Spring is a great time of year to visit West Lancashire's parks so come along to enjoy the great outdoors and our exciting park events."
Fancy volunteering with the Ranger Service? Call 01695 622794 for more information. Find out more about parks and countryside events by following the Rangers on Twitter @WLBC_Rangers or visiting their Facebook page www.facebook.com/wlbc.rangers.