Picnic in the Parks launches with ideas to live well and love nature

We’re excited to announce that Picnic in the Parks, a popular event in Dorset, has moved online and is full of fun ideas to find inspiration, discover new experiences and enjoy fun health and nature-related activities.

Spending time engaging with nature, indoors or out, boosts your mood, self-esteem and motivation to be active. By moving the events online, people can find fun new ways to enjoy nature and look after their health from home.  Created by Stepping into Nature, Natural Choices and Active Dorset, along with local organisations and community groups, there is a range of activities to suit.

Steph Aburrow, Stepping into Nature Project Officer said:

“There is a fantastic mix of activities and is all available for free. You could choose to go on a virtual walk through Dorset’s countryside and beaches, take part in Park Yoga and creative writing and even learn about Dorset’s history and wildlife.  As the seasons and restrictions change, so will the mix of activities available so you can keep returning for new inspiration. It is just a really positive place to explore and is great used when you are stuck for ideas of things to do! “

The Dorset-inspired park

At the start of 2020, there were 10 Picnic in the Park events planned across Dorset, however as Covid-19 came along all the events had to be cancelled. The events were growing in popularity and were a fun way for people to find out what was available in their local community so creating the website will keep this going.

Maria Clarke, Dorset Local Nature Partnership Manager and Natural Choices lead said;

“We would love to know what people think of Picnic in the Parks and what else they might like to see on the pages to keep improving it. As a thank you for taking part in a short survey we are offering a Dorset Food and Drink hamper prize worth £50”.

If you would like more information please email stepin2nature@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or call 01305 224788. Picnic in the Parks is funded by National Lottery Community Fund and Sports England through the Stepping into Nature and Active Ageing projects.

Explore the Park

Heard enough and ready to start exploring the map? Click to to start enjoying the range of activities on offer through Picnic in the Parks.