Big Day Out: Fun activities in Rugby

Some of the events will be held at Draycote Water
Some of the events will be held at Draycote Water

Big Day Out is back this autumn and set to be bigger and better with activities planned across the borough.

The event, running from October 25 to 26, aims to get everyone out and about and enjoying the open spaces around them.

Rugby Borough Council has organised a gardening event at the Jubilee Recreation Ground from 10am until 2pm on the Big Day Out weekend.

The theme will be edible gardening and raised beds will be installed and filled with winter crops.

Draycote Water will be hosting a Halloween Half Term Trail, which takes place at the cafe and shop.

The event runs across the weekend, costs £1.50 and includes spooky prizes.

The Octavian Droobers have organised a free orienteering session for beginners, which will also held at Draycote Water.

There will be two short courses from 1 km-2 km.

More serious orienteers can also do the permanent orienteering course up to 5 km.

The event is free but a £5 deposit will be needed for the electronic timer.

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An array of organisations are supporting this month’s Big Day Out, including all of the county’s district and borough councils, the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Partnership and Severn Trent Water.

Dr John Linnane, director of Public Health Warwickshire, said: “Big Day Out is an opportunity for people to enjoy some activities in the great outdoors, improve fitness and general wellbeing.

“Many complex factors affect wellbeing - social, financial and family circumstances all play a part but lack of fresh air and exercise also has a negative impact.

“There are some very simple things we can all do every day. Things like walking, cycling, swimming or playing games are associated with higher wellbeing and Big Day Out should give people a good start.”

Cllr Bob Stevens, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for health, said: “The key to the Big Day Out isn’t suggesting that everyone starts jogging or cycling immediately, although that would be great, it’s simply getting people to enjoy the outdoors and to get out and enjoy our fabulous open spaces and parks.”

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