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More children should be playing outdoors says parks survey

News / Tue 1st Apr 2014 at 01:11pm

EIGHTY-six per cent of parents with children aged 18 or under agree that children should be playing outdoors more – says a new survey commissioned by Essex Country Parks.

The survey results are being released to coincide with the start of Essex Country Parks’ full diary of fun outdoor events for the Easter holidays.

Using the slogan ‘let their imagination run free’, the 18 family-friendly trails and events run from Saturday 5th April to Monday 21st April; full details are listed on the website www.visitparks.co.uk.

They include:

5-21 April: Cracking the Egg, Weald Country Park

Enjoy some Easter fun solving puzzles with a self-guided trail around the park. £3 per trail guide. No need to book.

5-21 April: Springy Spring Trail, Thorndon Country Park (South)

Pick up a guide from Pavilion Café and have fun exploring the woods. £3 per trail guide. No need to book.

8-10 April: Pirates and Princesses Treasure Trail, Cressing Temple

Pick up a treasure map and lead yourselves around the trail. Come in costume! Child ticket price £3.50. No need to book.

18 April: Danbury Easter Bunny, Danbury Country Park

Self-led trail which leads to the Easter Bunny. Child ticket price: £4. Booking essential to be allocated a starting time.

20 April: Easter Egg Hunt, Belhus Woods Country Park

Explore the beautiful park and hunt for Easter Eggs. Adults and children: £5. Booking available.

20 April: Easter Bunny Adventure, Cressing Temple

Follow the clues to find the costumed characters and a chocolate Easter egg. Child ticket price: £5.95. Booking available.

21 April: Easter Ori-Eggteering, Hadleigh Country Park

Navigate your way around the park to find all the eggs and chickens. Child ticket price: £4. No need to book.

Where necessary booking is available by calling 0845 603 7624.

The Country Parks survey also revealed that 75 per cent of parents with children aged 18 or under who agree that children should be playing outdoors more in their spare time also think children spend too much time on computer games, 69 per cent think they don’t exercise enough, 65 per cent think they spend too much time watching TV, 53 per cent think they spend too much time on social media, and seven percent stated “other reasons”.

County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “If parents agree that their children should be playing outdoors more, then it proves how essential it is for our Essex Country Parks to offer so many fun Easter events for all the family.”

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