The Corby Walking Festival will return later this month - with a new name and outlook.
The festival, now known as the Corby Outdoors Festival, will focus on not only walking but all things outdoors and will run from Monday, May 30, to Sunday, June 5.
It is in its eighth year and now a wider range of outdoor activities will be offered, including cycling and an unique outdoor cinema.
It’s hoped this will encourage more people to be involved with the festival and experience the health and social benefits that walking and general outdoor activity offers.
As in previous years, the walk programme will still form an important part of the week-long event and will celebrate the wealth of walking opportunities in and around Corby.
The festival will kick off with a free Family Fun Day on Monday (May 30) at East Carlton Country Park, organised by Lakelands Day Care Hospice.
On offer there will be archery, bouncy castles, face painting, falconry and a Lakelands Dog Show.
The walking programme continues to offer a diverse range of walking activities, which will include local history and evening walks.
There is also a chance for people to take in the amazing scenery at Fineshade Woods with a nature walk.
The festival continues its special connection with Lakelands Day Care Hospice as the event’s beneficiary charity.
They will be running their ever popular Wags and Wellies walk on Sunday (June 5), to help raise money for their continued work in Palliative Care and life limiting services.
Cllr Paul Beattie, Corby Council’s champion for cycling and walking, said: “I’m pleased to be supporting this event.
“Corby borough is rich in open spaces in the town itself and also has the magnificent Rockingham Forest and Welland Valley on its doorstep.
“The festival showcases the fact that you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a pleasant walk in one of our parks or woodland areas, like our medieval Kingswood.
“It‘s a great way to gain health benefits at the same time.”
The walk and events programme is now available and a copy of the programme can be obtained by visiting www.corbywalkingfestival.org.uk..
For more information on the work of Lakelands Day Care Hospice, visit www.lakelandshospice.org.uk.
For further information contact Corby Council’s rural pride officer Suzanne Preston on 01536 463177 or email.