GUEST COLUMN: Family fun on offer this Easter

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There are once again a variety of exciting events taking place at Nottinghamshire County Council’s country parks during the coming weeks.

As well as Easter trails at Rufford Abbey and Sherwood Forest, there is a fun opportunity for people to socialise and keep active through boardgames at Bestwood Country Park’s Dynamo House.

There are a selection of cards and games and people can also bring their own.

This new programme is just one way in which the county council’s country parks are helping to combat loneliness and encouraging people to mix and mingle in a secure and welcoming environment.

Board games are also a great way to keep the mind active.

The event will run every first Wednesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Here is a reminder of some other forthcoming events taking place Nottinghamshire County Council’s country parks.

Willow Weaving: Sherwood Forest Country Park, Saturday March 26, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Come along for this willow weaving workshop to make an obelisk for your home or garden. In the garden your obelisk can be used to support climbing plants such as clematis or sweet peas. Booking essential on 01623 823202. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £15 per person/obelisk

Easter Trail: Saturday March 26 – Sunday April 17. 11am – 3pm. Follow this self-guided trail around the Sherwood Forest visitor centre and woodland to discover lots of fascinating facts about Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood. Complete all the clues and claim your reward (subject to availability). Cost is £1 per trail leaflet.

Fragments in Time exhibition: Rufford Abbey Country Park, ongoing during country park opening hours. Free event - car parking charges apply. Little remains at Rufford Abbey of what was once a huge country mansion. Using old photographs, found objects and salvaged fragments, this exhibition at The Apsidal Gallery offers visitors a peep into a vanished world.

Monthly health walks: Bestwood Country Park and Winding Engine House, visit website for dates. Would you like to improve your fitness whilst making new friends, in lovely countryside surroundings? Then health walks are for you and are free.

For more details on forthcoming events please visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/whatson.