Most activities are included with garden admission. Nominal charge for some crafts - CASH ONLY.
Head down to the woods throughout the summer holidays for a wide array of fun activities where children can immerse themselves in nature.
This summer we have:
A beautiful rustic shelter nestling in the heart of Pearcelands Wood is the hub for this summer’s fun in the fresh air.
Calling all eco-rangers and nature detectives. Track the woodland’s small inhabitants to find out who’s about as you discover the signs of their secret world. Even a look at their poo will give you a clue!
Build a cosy home for dormice using materials gathered from the woodland floor.
Gather round the brazier to cook your damper bread for a taste of the wild. Throughout the week the team will demonstrate bread making in the newly built wood-fired earth oven. Time it right and you’ll get a nibble of fresh bread.
Make woodland perfumes and potions and see if you can invent your own recipe. Blend some herbs to experiment with your sense of smell. Collect, pound and stir them to create a woodland scented potion, then take your concoction home in a sachet.
Take a close-up look at the natural world by getting down on the woodland floor to examine spiders’ webs, the intricate patterns of leaves or the secrets of the woodland. Then take a picture challenge with a list of objects to seek out and snap—or simply draw. Make a rustic frame to fill with your creation.
Expert photographers will be on hand to share ideas and give tips. Bring a camera from home, or have fun on a smart phone. We’d love you to share your photos with us (parents will need to give consent for this for children under 13).
Let the sparks fly and try your hand at fire-lighting as you get stuck into some bushcraft skills.
Discover some of the magical and fiery properties of the trees in the woods, then get your hands dirty in gorgeous gooey clay and make a tile for firing in the woodland kiln.
This week we invite you to explore the colours of the woods and the magical effects that the light creates. Create a woodland palette and experiment with the alchemy of pigment and pick a quiet spot in the dappled glade to paint what you see.
Use pestles and mortars to pound leaves and berries to make your own colours, blend them and watch how they change. You can use them to create your own special woodland artwork.