Children’s cookery, animal tracking and learning to identify all sorts of wildlife are among the activities on offer at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre for the new season. The latest programme of events, courses and holidays at the west Dorset environmental and education has just been announced, offering everything from singing to environmental learning or pure enjoyment of Kingcombe’s locally-sourced food and deep rural setting.
Engaging with nature is possible for everyone
Nick Tomlinson, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre Manager, said: “I am both proud and excited by the events and courses captured in the new brochure. The diversity of the programme highlights the reality that engaging with nature is possible for everyone. To ensure we are at our best for the new season, the centre will be closed during January to allow improvement works to get underway. As part of these improvements we are launching our ‘Futures Fund Appeal’. With your support we plan to improve our education facilities to maintain the prominence of The Kingcombe Centre as a go-to learning establishment.”
The new programme, starting this November, has a strong emphasis on education and enjoyment for all, with Kingcombe’s beautiful wildlife-rich meadows and woods providing the ideal setting to get up close with nature. From just three farm buildings and a handful of acres in 1988, the Kingcombe Centre and the adjacent nature reserves now extend to almost 1,000 acres of unspoilt rolling countryside and continue to build on the centre’ s national reputation for delivering outstanding courses run by the country’s leading experts.
Events for every season
The new season includes both day and residential courses, including the opportunity to stay on Brownsea Island. Day courses coming up before Christmas include making willow decorations and festive singing workshops. Residential courses from yoga to fossils, calligraphy and living with livestock are also on offer in November.
There is a chance to see Kingcombe for yourself, taste the famed home-cooked mince pies, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and buy seasonal and wildlife gifts on 4th December with the Christmas Caper, from 11am to 4pm. Free entry. The Kingcombe Centre is at Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0EQ. For your copy of the new season’s brochure, ring 01300 320684 or visit the Kingcombe Centre page of the website.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sophie Franks at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre on 01300 320684.
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Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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.
Kingcombe in snow by Jeremy Powne
Kingcombe in November by Tony Bates
Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve by Jeremy Powne