(Above) Photo © Tony Bates (Below) photos © Nicky Hoar
Schools are out, and the Kingcombe Centre is the place to be this summer, with a fun-packed timetable of creative activities for kids and splendid summer strolls! The Kingcombe Centre promises to put a smile on your face and give you an experience to remember.
Have you ever pondered a pile of poo and wondered who it came from? Have you ever thought about what lurks beneath a pond’s surface, or wanted to delve into the world of creepy crawlies? Well, if you have, then the Kingcombe Kids Club is the place to find all the answers!
Through a range of activities, we help children explore and experience nature first hand by teaching them about food chains, farming and respecting wildlife.
Kingcombe Kids Club
The Kingcombe Kids Club runs every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school holidays and it’s sure to captivate young minds through engaging events like ‘Poo, Prints, Fur and Feathers’ to ‘Bugs and Beasties’ and ‘Stick Day’, where we promise to open your eyes to the fascinating world of sticks the possibilities are endless!
Or, why not join us on one of our Sunday Strolls. Led by Dorset Wildlife Trust staff and local naturalists, these walks showcase and spotlight the diverse wildlife that adorns the beautiful reserve at Kingcombe. The walks are leisurely, at around 1-2 miles between 10am and 12pm and there’s no need to book!
Each Sunday Stroll has a theme, such as Fungi Forays or a Ramble through the Rushes, so you can keep coming back assured of a fresh and exciting walk to enjoy. Prices are £6 for adults and £3 for children; this includes the guided stroll as well as a hard earned cup of tea or coffee and a cake when you kick off your walking boots back at the centre!
If you can’t make any of these events then why not pop down anyway. We can show you where to go and send you on your way with a trail guide and some ID charts so you can explore the reserves at your own pace.
Alternatively, you might want a quiet and peaceful place to spend time whilst enjoying some fantastic food! The Conservatory Café at Kingcombe offers refreshments including light lunches, teas and coffees, and delicious homemade cakes for tired tykes and starving strollers alike. It’s open 10am-4pm every day during the summer holidays.
Kingcombe bustles with wildlife
Kingcombe Centre Manager, Nick Tomlinson said: “We have some fantastic activities and walks planned this summer, to help you get the most out of the holiday period. Whether you join us on a guided walk, a family event or head off to explore the reserves at your own pace, we are sure you will enjoy the wonderful countryside around us. There are lots to see, such as butterflies flitting over the flowers, bees busy buzzing or the swifts screaming over-head. Or if you prefer the quieter pace of life, you can simply sit back and enjoy the peace, quiet and tranquillity of a landscape that has not changed significantly in hundreds of years. However you choose to enjoy the magic that is Kingcombe, we look forward to seeing you over the summer holidays!”
Please phone: 01300 321409 or visit www.kingcombe.org/events for more information.
Kingcombe Kids Club events from 10am to 12 noon, booking essential, £3 per child, to include refreshments, no unaccompanied children please:
Tuesday 30th July Poo, Prints, Fur and Feathers
Thursday 1st August Stick Day
Tuesday 6th August Catchers and Dippers
Thursday 8th August Bugs and Beasties
Tuesday 13th August Summer Scavenger Hunt
Thursday 15th August Pond Plungers
Tuesday 20th August Clay Animal Masks
Thursday 22nd August Meet a Tree
Tuesday 27th August Webs and Chains
Thursday 29th August Butterflies and Dragons
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.