National Parks Big Picnic

70th anniversary of the 
1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act

On the 17th July 2019 Exmoor hosted the National Parks Big Picnic with Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

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The ‘National Parks Big Picnic’ saw more than 500 people gather to enjoy a picnic and a cream tea in the beautiful surroundings of Simonsbath’s riverside meadows at the heart of Exmoor’s former Royal Forest for a special celebration marking 70 years since the ground-breaking 1949 Act of Parliament that established UK National Parks. Read the full press release here.

In a foreword to the event programme His Royal Highness wrote with regard to National Parks that:

"These places of exceptional landscapes and precious natural habitats provide opportunities for us all to find peace in beauty, enhance our health and well being and explore our links with nature. They offer the chance to experience some of the United Kingdom's most extraordinary and diverse scenery and attract millions of admiring visitors from near and far each year. My own visits never seem to last quite long enough and I will always leave yearning to return as soon as possible."

Read the whole foreword in the souvenir programme (PDF).

Event photos

Visit our online galleries to view and download images from the day - a few highlights can be viewed below.
(You are free to use these yourselves crediting Exmoor National Park Authority). Images should not be resold or used in a saleable product without our permission).