Thursday 2 August 1 – 3pm
Sensory Detectives
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Have you got a good nose? Join the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)’s People and Wildlife team and come along to Jesmond Dene. Put all your senses to the test, make a woodland mask and some perfume plus lots more. Contact NWT on (0191) 2846884 for more information.

Monday 6 August 11am – 12noon and 1 – 3pm
Animal Antics
Pets’ Corner – Jesmond Dene
Find out about the animals in Pets’ Corner and take part in a trail and animal crafts. At certain times throughout the day there will be an opportunity to meet some of the smaller animals. This is a drop in event. For more information phone (0191) 281 2082

Tuesday 7 August 1- 2pm and 2- 3pm (drop in for one of two sessions)
Minibeast Safari
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Come and discover more about the creepy crawlies that live beneath your feet with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)’s People and Wildlife team. Recommended minimum age 5 years. Free to all members or suggested donation £2.50 per child for non members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact NWT on (0191) 2846884 for more information.

Wednesday 8 August 1 – 3pm
Minibeast Madness
Heaton Park – meet at the pavilion.
Come and uncover the weird and wonderful creatures that lurk beneath the trees, under logs and in the grass. Be amazed by some fascinating facts and get up close using magnifying pots. Children must be accompanied by an adult and please come prepared to get a little bit muddy! This is a drop in event. Please contact the Rangers on (0191) 2812082 for more information.

Thursday 9 August 10.30am – 11.30am
Tree Tots (for under fives)
£2.50 per child
Ouseburn Parks visitor centre – Jesmond Dene.
Join us for our under 5’s session in Jesmond Dene. Sessions will consist of a story, a variety of fun outdoor activities and sometimes a trip to Pets’ Corner. This is a drop in event. For more information phone (0191) 281 2082.

Thursday 9 August 1- 2pm and 2- 3pm (drop in for one of two sessions)
Arts and Crafts
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Join the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)’s People and Wildlife team and let help you release the creativity within! Recommended minimum age 5 years. Free to all members or suggested donation £2.50 per child for non members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact NWT on (0191) 2846884 for more information.

Monday 13 August 11-12pm and 1 -2pm (come for one of two sessions)
Earth Walk
Heaton Park
Explore your senses on this walk through the woodland of Heaton Park. You may find a rainbow, watch a leaf slide show or make a smelly cocktail! Children must be accompanied by an adult and please come prepared to get a little bit muddy. Suitable for families, recommended minimum age 6 years. Booking essential. Sorry this event is not accessible for buggies or wheelchairs. For more information please contact the Rangers on (0191) 2812082.

Tuesday 14 August 1- 2pm and 2- 3pm
Water Safari
Jesmond Dene – Nature Area Pond
Join the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)’s People and Wildlife team and explore the murky depths of Jesmond Dene pond to discover what creatures live there. Free for all members or £2.50 suggested donation per child for non-members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact NWT on (0191) 2846884 for more information.

Wednesday 15 August 11am –12noon and 1 – 3pm
Animal Antics
Pets’ Corner – Jesmond Dene
Find out about the animals in Pets’ corner and take part in a trail and animal crafts. At certain times throughout the day there will be an opportunity to meet some of the smaller animals. This is a drop in event. For more information phone (0191) 281 2082

Thursday 16 August 1- 2pm and 2- 3pm (drop in for one of two sessions)
Minibeast Arts and Crafts
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Cast, mould and paint your very own mini beast with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)’s People and Wildlife team. Recommended minimum age 5 years. Free to all members or suggested donation £2.50 per child for non members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact NWT on (0191) 2846884 for more information.

Friday 17 August 10 – 4pm
Backpacks and trails
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Pick up a family activity bag from the Visitor Centre to help you explore the parks. Availability may be limited but trails will be available all day. A £10 deposit will be required for the backpacks. For more information phone (0191) 281 2082

Tuesday 21 August 1- 3pm
Animal tracks and trails
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Discover animal tracks and trails and see if you can identify the skins and skulls with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)’s People and Wildlife team. Recommended minimum age 5 years. Free to all members or suggested donation £2.50 per child for non members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact NWT on (0191) 2846884 for more information.

Wednesday 22 August 1 – 4pm
Minibeast Madness
Paddy Freeman’s Park – (next to the Café)
Come and uncover the weird and wonderful creatures that lurk beneath the trees, under logs and in the grass. Be amazed by some fascinating facts and get up close using magnifying pots. Children must be accompanied by an adult and please come prepared to get a little bit muddy! This is a drop in event. Please contact the Rangers on (0191) 2812082 for more information.

Thursday 23 August 1- 3pm
Minibeast Safari
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Come and discover more about the creepy crawlies that live beneath your feet with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)’s People and Wildlife team. Recommended minimum age 5 years. Free to all members or suggested donation £2.50 per child for non members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact NWT on (0191) 2846884 for more information.

Friday 24 August 10 – 4pm
Backpacks and trails
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Pick up a family activity bag from the visitor centre to help you explore the parks. Availability may be limited but trails will be available all day. A £10 deposit will be required for the backpacks. For more information phone (0191) 281 2082

Tuesday 28 August 1 – 3pm
Minibeast Safari
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Become a wildlife explorer as you trek through Jesmond Dene with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)’s People and Wildlife team. Recommended minimum age 5 years. Free to all members or suggested donation £2.50 per child for non members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact NWT on (0191) 2846884 for more information.

Wednesday 29 August 1.30 – 3.30pm
History Ramble for families
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Join us on a walk around Jesmond Dene to explore the history of the park, find out about industry in the valley, Armstrong’s influence on the parks and much more. There will be activity sheets for children to complete during the walk. Booking is essential. To book and for more information please phone (0191) 281 2082.

Thursday 30 August 1- 2pm and 2- 3pm
Water Safari
Jesmond Dene – Nature Area Pond
Join the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)’s People and Wildlife team and explore the murky depths of Jesmond Dene pond to discover what creatures live there. Free for all members or £2.50 suggested donation per child for non-members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact NWT on (0191) 2846884 for more information.

Friday 31 August 10 – 4pm
Backpacks and trails
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Pick up a family activity bag from the visitor centre to help you explore the parks. Availability may be limited but trails will be available all day. A £10 deposit will be required for the backpacks. For more information phone (0191) 281 2082

Wednesday 5 September (Evening – Time to be confirmed)
Bat Walk
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Learn about the different species of bats that live in the UK, then we’ll set out for a walk and see which ones we can find. Suitable for adults and older children(12+). There will be a charge of £2.50 per person. Booking essential. Please contact the Rangers on (0191) 2812082 to book your place and for more information. Disabled access is limited.

Thursday 6 September 6 – 8.30pm
Past Present and Future Walk
Ouseburn Parks
Explore the history of the Ouseburn Parks – Jesmond Dene, Heaton and Armstrong Park, on this guided walk in the company of volunteers who are passionate about the parks. Booking essential. For booking, meeting place and more information phone (0191) 281 2082

Friday 7 September (Evening – time to be confirmed)
Let’s Go Batty!
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene
Learn about the different species of bats that live in the UK, then we’ll set out for a walk as it gets dark and see which ones we can find. Don’t forget your torch! Suggested age 8+, children must be accompanied. There will be a charge of £2.50 per person. Booking essential. Please contact the Rangers on (0191) 2812082 to book your place and for access details.

Friday 14 September 10 – 1pm
Volunteer Taster Session
Ouseburn Parks – Jesmond Dene
Are you looking for a new way to keep fit or just spend more time outdoors? Do you fancy volunteering in the Ouseburn Parks? Come along to this taster session to find out more. All equipment will be provided for the session but please wear old clothes and sturdy footwear. Contact the Rangers on (0191) 2812082 for more information and meeting point.