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Landscapes for Life Week

Landscapes for Life Week

Events happen in AONBs throughout the year – see their individual webpages to find out what is happening near you.

But once a year the AONB Family gathers together in celebration of the UK’s outstanding landscapes.

We call it Landscapes for Life Week, because we’re committed to our iconic national landscapes forever. And those landscapes are so much more than a view – they are landscapes for living. They are a place for nature – which AONB partnerships are actively working to conserve and enhance. They are a place for industry – they are the living, breathing factory floor of our British food industry. They are a place of tranquillity, rootedness and wellbeing, treasured by generations of people seeking peace, exercise and leisure; truly our Natural Health Service.

Landscapes for Life Week is the AONB Family’s week (and a bit) long programme of events to help people reconnect with nature by enjoying and being inspired by the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). This year it takes place from Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th September 2019.

North West

Arnside & Silverdale AONB – Saturday 21 September – hearts in the Landscape on Arnside Knott, poetry reading by poet laureate Simon Armitage.
Saturday 28 September – Woodland Family Fun Day – fire lighting, mud kitchen, rope swings, slacklining, species identification.

Forest of Bowland AONB – all week – Foodie Foray – foraging, pickling, herbal medicine, fine dining.

North East and Yorkshire

Lincolnshire Wolds AONB – Saturday 21 September - guided walks, history of Lincolnshire Wolds AONB and ‘Be part of the heart’

Nidderdale – Monday 23 September - Autumn Star Gazing


Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB – all week – Guided Walks (Sunday 22, Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 September). Saturday 21 September – Topiary Training

Gower AONB – all week – Beach Cleans, Guided Walks and Hedgelaying Training

West Midlands

Shropshire Hills – 21 September – Enjoying the Shropshire Hills – listen to the pop-up choir, bring a picnic, be part of the heart.


Norfolk Coast AONB – Sunday 22 September – Dark Skies Celebration

Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast and Heath AONBsFriday 20 – Monday 23 September - Great British Beach Clean

Wednesday 25 September - Guided walk for Suffolk Refugee Support group – taking a group out via public transport from Ipswich to Dedham Vale AONB, for a walk on the Stour Valley Path (25th anniversary this year)

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September - Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - AONB stand - come and meet us!

South West

Dorset AONB – all week – Landscapes for Life festival – over 20 events including: forest bathing, guided walks, myths and legends storytelling, fingerpost restoration, river detectives session, have a go at dry stone walling, tramper try-outs,

Cornwall AONB – Saturday 21 September – national moment – sand art labyrinth

Blackdown Hills AONB – Saturday 21 September – Mushroom Foray

Cranbourne Chase AONB – Wednesday 25 September – Don’t be afraid of the dark – day of Night Sky investigation, planetarium and star gazing

North Devon Coast AONB – Wednesday 25 September – Coastal and Marine Wildlife Adventures talk

Mendip Hills AONB – Saturday 21 September – Fossil Fun. Wednesday 25 September – dry stone walling competition and Guided Geology Walk. Thursday 26 September – Volunteer Ranger Recruitment evening. Saturday 28 September – Banwell Bone Cave Tour.

South Devon AONB – Saturday 21 September – national moment, mown heart with historic tractor and plough display. Wednesday 25 September – Mobile Planetarium show. Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 September – Bioblitz


Chichester Harbour AONB – wildlife boat rides all week, canoe safari on Saturday 21 September, guided walk on Sunday 22 September

South East

Surrey Hills – all week – Heathland Artwork to explore. Sunday 22 September – Surrey Hills Challenge – walking and running challenges. Sunday 29 September – Harvest 2019 – One Moon arts and performance celebrating harvest, the moon landing anniversary and the stunning landscape of Surrey Hills

Kent Downs AONB – all week – guided walk and volunteering opportunities, children’s night-time walk and breakfast with the moths

High Weald – 21/22 September High Weald Walking Festival final weekend

Northern Ireland

Ring of Gullion AONB – Saturday 21 September – Volunteering Opportunity

During the week follow us on Twitter, @naaonb @AONBFamily #LoveL4L, #NaturalHealthService for more ideas.