So another month comes to an end and the sun sets that little bit earlier each day, but it’s the weekend and we can’t let that worry us, so make sure you are prepared, not forgetting that all important spare pair of socks, and lets get outdoors and see what the country has to offer.

For starters the Corwen Walking Festival takes place this weekend. Corwen is a fantastic venue for this type of event and is a wonderful base for walking enthusiasts as it offers walks from the town that suit all levels of walking. From walks around Corwen itself finding out about the history of the town to a high level ridge walk along the Berwyn reaching over 800 metres in height the Corwen Walking Festival has it all. Also on offer are guided walks - on both days and you have the choice of doing a full day walk and with some of the shorter walks you could do one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There are also a couple of daytime skills lectures going on and some evening entertainment. The area around Corwen is in the Clwydian and Dee Valley Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and even from the main car park in the heart of Corwen you can see why. Just looking up you will see the Caer Drewyn hillfort looking down over the town. Corwen is situated on the A5 at one end of the magnificent and majestic Dee Valley.

Another great walking festival starts this weekend and continues until the 7th September, and that is at Pendle in Lancashire. Pendle is criss-crossed by a fantastic network of footpaths. This is why we can offer such a varied programme of walks. This year it is the 50thAnniversary of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walks celebrating this are clearly marked in the programme. If you want a challenge then why not try the Pendle Way and the country’s newest long distance route, the Lancashire Witches Walk. If you want something a bit easier we have plenty of Easy and Moderate walks too and in total there are seventy walks to choose.

For something a little bit different why not get involved in the International Bat Night, which runs over the 30th/31st August. This is the seventeenth year this event has been organised. Events are taking place all across Europe, in Worcestershire there is the opportunity to take a walk in the dark so you can learn about these often misunderstood creatures.

For the more laid back amongst us why not take a trip to Blackpool for the latest Switch-On Food and Drink Festival this weekend. From street food vendors to artisan bakers, from North America to Australasia there will be something here to suit everyone’s tastes. There will even be demonstrations from top chefs and some of the most skilful cocktail specialists in Britain. Plus a cake and bake area and a children’s cook school this is certainly a great way to spend a day at the seaside. You can even have a good walk along the prom to walk off the excess.

Meanwhile in Sheffield the latest of the Breeze Bike Rides takes place. The event starts at 10.30am and is aimed at improving riders on road using a mix of quieter and busier roads, plus local cycle routes. The route goes through the city centre before using cycle routes and quiet country roads to head around Bradfield and Dungworth before returning to the start via Stanington and the city centre on quieter roads. There will be a stop at Our Cow Molly. Helmets are compulsory to take part.

So make the most of your weekend and remember to stay safe and send us your pictures of any events you attend.