Things to do at Daventry Country Park

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Daventry Country Park offers something for the whole family to enjoy - from strolls around the reservoir, to a fun-packed afternoon in the adventure playground. We also run a programme of great activities for children and families during the school holidays. 

Things to do at Daventry Country Park

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Spring/summer Foraging Courses

Dates: Friday 12 April & Saturday 18 May & Sunday 9 June 

Cost: £35 per person per session (all sessions run from midday - 3.30pm)

Learn about edible plants and fungi growing all around us in the UK with these sessions run by the Foraging Course Company.

This foraging course walk will help you discover how to identify some commonly growing foods to forage for, how to avoid poisonous lookalikes, and hints on where to look.

The course leader will go through the basics of foraging before taking you out to discover the edibles in the area. During the walk, you will be introduced to a number of edible species, given tips on harvesting and correct identification, and recipe ideas. 

You will also get to sample a range of pre-made wild food tasters and preserves along the way, which could include soups, cordials, jams, pickles, herb salts, syrps, ferments, pestos or vinegars.

Exact meeting location given a few days before event. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on the course. Participants on this course must be aged 18 years or older.

For more information and details of how to book your place please visit www.foragingcoursecompany.co.uk


Great activities you can enjoy at the park include:

The Adventure Playground

Daventry Country Park has an exciting adventure playground, with something for all ages. Please note that half of the playground is currently closed while we remove apparatus in preparation for the new-look play area coming in spring 2019. 

Picnic Areas

There are several designated picnic areas and benches throughout the park, positioned to provide rest areas in peaceful locations or affording relaxing views of the park.

Circular and Nature Trails

Stroll along one of the parks three circular trails including the 2.5 mile Reservoir Walk, 1.5 mile Meadow Walk and 1 mile stroll. Routes are marked around the park and on the information maps available at the park entrance and outside the Rangers office.There is also a nature trail created with help from pupils at  Falconers Hill School and volunteers from Cummins which features six information boards dotted around the park. Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre or download the activity sheets here

Orienteering

Orienteering is a fun outdoor sport which involves finding the quickest route between control points using a special map to navigate. Participants must exercise their brain as well as their body to complete the course.

The courses, which have been designed with the help of the Octavian Droobers Orienteering Club, include a 1.1km easy course and a 2.6km medium course. Maps cost £1 and are available from the café during opening hours. 

Fitness Equipment

A fitness trail is available in Northern Field consisting of eight pieces of gym equipment. The cardiovascular equipment includes a rowing machine, leg press, cross-rider, air walker, skier, cycle, body twist and horse rider. It is available for anyone to use for free (subject to age and specified restrictions).

Feed the ducks

The Park is home to many ducks and greedy geese who are always looking for some extra food from visitors. Packets of seed can be purchased from the Café, please ensure you dispose the packaging responsibly and do not litter the park or put wildlife at risk.

Watch the wildlife

Visitors can enjoy the parks wildlife at several quiet locations around the park, including a dedicated bird hide with disabled access. The park often sees many different specifies of wildlife passing through so you never know who you might see.

Walk the dog

The Park is a popular location for dogs to take their owners for a brisk stroll. We ask that all owners that any dog faeces should be picked up using a poop scoop bag and disposed of in one of the dog bin's located around the park. Please keep dogs under close control at all times within the park and on leads outside the visitors centre and café areas.

Community Sensory Garden

The Daventry and District Disability Forum helped to develop the community sensory garden for all visitors to enjoy, incorporating a variety of plants and flowers to awaken the senses and an area of calm for reflection. Work in the sensory garden is on going with additional plants and equipment planned for the next few years.

Try Geocaching

Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache anywhere in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache. To learn more and start log onto www.geocaching.com

The cache sites are spread throughout the Park, some are easy finds close to pathways others are more of a challenge! Goecaching is a great way to enjoy the Park and visit areas you may not have visited before!