Majjistral Nature & History Park to celebrate 10th anniversary with action-filled open weekend – Festa Natura.
To mark the 10th year anniversary of the Majjistral Nature and History Park, a week-long celebration geared towards all the family is being organised at the park between the 3rd and 9th December.
On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December, the park will be open to the general public and converted into an adventure park with a variety of outdoor activities and educational seminars geared aiming to garner further public appreciation of what our land has to offer and how to safeguard it. During the week the park will also be hosting educational outings for school children.
Founded on three factors, ‘learn, explore and sustain’ Festa Natura promises to be a celebration of nature’s bounty and the raw beauty of Malta’s protected landscape.
The activities will include:
- Adult and family yoga sessions;
- Trekking for both beginners and adventurers;
- Zip-lining for children and adults;
- Guided cycling tours;
- Clean-up hours;
- Landscape and wildlife photography;
- Bird watching;
- Guided walks.
All activities are free, view schedule of activities here
To further emphasise the event’s sustainability factor, over 1,000 trees will be planted at the park throughout the week to help commemorate this celebration.
The educational aspect will be strengthened by expert-led talks on various subjects. Alfred E. Baldacchino will be leading a talk on butterflies, Peter Gatt on wormeries, Shark Lab on Marine Life and Greenhouse on Conservation. For archaeology and history enthusiasts, Dr Keith Buhagiar will delve into the cultural landscape of the park pre-1530 and Ghislaine Calleja will talk about the National and Natural History of the Majjistral Nature Park. Festa Natura will also strive to promote local produce. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of the natural environment by visiting educational stalls set up by various NGOs.
Majjistral Park extends from Golden Bay to Il-Prajjet and Ix-Xagħra l-Ħamra. With 6 km of coast, sites of historical and archaeological importance dotting the area, agricultural activities, and vibrant natural habitats, the park was designated a Special Area of Conservation of International Importance within the Natura 2000 network of sites. With so many areas to explore and activities to participate in, Festa Natura guarantees an active and filled week immersed in Malta’s precious natural heritage.
A full programme of activities is available at www.festanatura.org. Reservations for the activities is also possible via the portal. Participation in the event and its activities is free of charge for all, but voluntary donations will be welcome. Stalls and activities will be open to the public on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December from 9am till 6pm.
Festa Natura is being organised by the Majjistral Nature and History Park, in collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change and the Environment and Resources Authority.