Norton Common Winter Solstice Educational Walk

Join a Winter Solstice Educational Walk in Norton Common for families

To mark the Winter Solstice, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation’s educational initiative Letchworth Learning will run a free family walk through Norton Common on Monday 21 December.

Join in with other families for a Shinrin Yoku (Japanese for forest bathing) inspired walk. Participants can immerse themselves in nature and discover more about how many cultures in the past celebrated this special time of year and how these became part of the Christmas festivities today. The walk will focus on taking time to experience being outdoors using all the senses. The walk will also create an opportunity for families to spend time together and for children to look and listen to the natural world.

The walk is ideal for families with younger children aged 4-10 and are being run in line with the government’s COVID-19 guidelines. The tour will start at Norton Common Car Park by the bowling green, in separate groups at 9.30am, 11.15am and 1pm and will take around 30-45 minutes.

The Heritage Foundation's Learning and Engagement Manager, Vicky Axell said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for families to learn more about why this time of year is so fascinating and beautiful, while also connecting with nature and seeing a new side to Letchworth. It’s also a great way to boost wellbeing and concentration. We felt this was a safe way to create something engaging and educational for families under the current restrictions.”

Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the time of year. The event will be cancelled if the weather it is too wet or windy. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a maximum of three family households only can take part per walk. When booking, please register one name for your household and details of your full group will be taken at the start of the tour. Groups will be required to remain two metres apart during the walk and there will be no shared handling. Please do not attend if you feel unwell in line with government advice. As this is an outdoor event, masks are not mandatory. 

For more information and to book your place on this enchanting walking tour of Norton Common, please click here.