Big Day Out

Big Day Out is back – returning again for an entire weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2016.

BIG-DAY-logo-blueThis follows the huge success of the previous events and the autumn’s whole weekend format will be repeated, giving two packed days of activities around the county.

You were great in sharing your favourite Big Day Out locations earlier this year, and we’d love to hear from you again, sharing where you like to go most to get a breath of fresh air in the great outdoors?

Warwickshire has some amazing outdoor spaces, canals, parks, and views, and we’d love you to share some of your favourites with us.

Simply tweet a photo using the hashtag #bigdayout or post the photo on our Facebook page here, and we’ll add the photo to our growing gallery – remember to tell us where you are!

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Quite often we can all take for granted the fabulous open spaces around us, so we’ve decided to have a day where we all get out and enjoy what’s around us.

It might be something strenuous like a run, or game of frisbee in the park, or perhaps just a leisurely wander along the canal. It doesn’t really matter.

All we ask is that you get out and enjoy the fresh air, and take a moment to explore these great outdoor spaces.

The Big Day out aims to get everyone to realise the benefits of the outdoors and with it the health benefits that come with getting out and about more often.

Did you know that the recommended amount of exercise for adults is 150 minutes a week?! One way to do this is to do 30 minutes on 5 days a week.

Physical activity and physical health:

portrait of a mid adult woman jogging in a parkExercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.

Exercise, particularly outdoors, is free, easy to do, and can have an immediate positive effect.

People taking part in exercise in green spaces are more likely to continue the programme than if it is based inside in a gym or leisure centre.

Nearly one quarter of all car journeys are less than one mile, if you walked or cycled you could save yourself money and get healthier at the same time.

In Warwickshire, one in four adults is estimated to be obese and one in three children are overweight and obese by year 6 age.

Is its estimated in Warwickshire that only 20% of the Warwickshire population are currently physically active.

Mental health and wellbeing:

RBC_Flower Cake Culture Trail02Physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy.

Physical activity can also reduce blood pressure and your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Supervised programmes of exercise can be equally effective as antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression

Simple activities like taking a stroll in the park, or gentle outdoor exercise can have big benefits for our mental wellbeing.

A walk in the park can help clear the mind.

Access to green spaces can produce improvements to stress levels in a relatively short space of time.

91% of people believe that parks and public spaces improve peoples’ quality of life.

Social benefits:

Green spaces are free to use, easily accessible and open to everyone.

Volunteering in green spaces empowers local people to take more control of their environment and gives them opportunities to become more active in their community. You can meet new people, support the local community and conservation, and learn new skills such as tree planting, running events or leading walks.

Green spaces can connect communities, bringing people together and increased pride in their local community. They can also lower crime levels and encourage visitors to their area.

Parks and green spaces are great places to meet and celebrate with family and friends, or meet new people through activities.

They provide a great opportunity to learn new things e.g. orienteering, food growing, bird box making or pond dipping.

Other information:

canalsGreen spaces can come in many forms including parks, woods, canals, recreational pitches and playgrounds.

There are 1,700 miles of Public Rights of Way in Warwickshire. This is the same distance as Warwick to Amsterdam and back – twice!

Warwickshire in the main is a fairly flat county and as such is generally suitable for walking for most people.

Across England the total number of visits to parks per year is estimated at between 2.5 and 3 billion.

Walking is the most popular sporting activity (in parks) with over a third of men and women in the UK participating regularly. (Taking Part: The National Survey of Culture, Leisure and Sport, National Statistics (2006)

Going for a walk was the most popular leisure activity of visitors to parks (75%), followed by taking children to a play area (43%) and sitting and enjoying the surroundings (28%). (The Use of Public Parks in England, Sport England (2003)


4 thoughts on “Big Day Out

  1. As a resident of Atherstone I run and cycle in the area and at work (In Birmingham) I organise fortnightly “Parkacise” events for colleagues at Birmingham City University in the local parks at lunchtime. I plan to do a “Parkacise demo” with friends and anyone else whose interested for Warwickshire’s ‘BDO’ on the 14 September, Kingsbury Park TBC. Good initiative!

  2. We run our 5km course at Kingsbury Water Park, every Saturday at 9am. We are currently attracting around 200 runners per week. All ages, all abilities. Participants can run with family, friends, on there own, with their dog, they can even run pushing a buggy. It’s a real family event, and it’s free.

    There are few barriers to participation. People trying us for the first time should register at This is a simple process, with the minimum of information required. They should then print off their personal barcode and bring it when they run. Children under 11 years old MUST be accompanied around the course by a parent or guardian. The rest we explain in a brief before the run.

    You can also find us on Facebook…

  3. Kids Run Free host regular, free running events for children across the Midlands and have monthly events in both Nuneaton, at The Jubilee Sports Centre, and Bedworth, at The Miners Welfare Park held on the first Saturday of every month. Distances the children run range from 50 metres for the 2 years and under, through to 1KM for the 9 year old’s and above.

    It’s free, it’s fun and what’s more, it’s getting active!
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