(Above) Children playing by Rachel Janes (below) Children rookpooling by Emma Godden.
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has some egg-citing events for children to get their teeth into this Easter, with a jam-packed programme of wildlife-themed activities for all ages at our Lorton, Kingcombe, Chesil and Kimmeridge visitor centres in Dorset.
From 10-3pm on Easter Sunday (20th April), join the Epic Easter Expedition at the Kingcombe Centre near Dorchester, for a family Easter hunt with special prizes, and children can also weave their very own Easter chick to take home. There will be plenty of culinary treats in the Kingcombe Centre café, including seasonal lamb hotpot, home-made hot cross buns and vegetarian options too.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre and Kimmeridge Marine Centre has plenty of coastal-themed activities, giving children the chance to explore the coastline, rock-pools and find out what lurks beneath the waves.
Come and search for shark and ray eggcases on our ‘Great Chesil Eggcase Hunt’
Chesil Centre Manager, Emily Brown said: “We are inviting families to make the most of the nicer weather, discover what lives underneath the Fleet Lagoon on our ‘Seashore Detectives’ activity; learn how to track mammals, or come and search for shark and ray eggcases on our ‘Great Chesil Eggcase Hunt’. You might event find some of the chocolate variety too!”
Get closer to nature and make the most of our picnic area at Lorton Meadows, and then follow our egg trail
For those wanting to keep their feet dry, Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth is holding an Easter Egg Trail from Wed 16th April to Sat 19th April (1-4pm and all day Saturday). Community Conservation Officer, Sam Dallimore said: “We are inviting families to get closer to nature and make the most of our picnic area, and then follow our egg trail. Just pick up a trail guide at the centre, follow the clues and collect your prize! You may also see some interesting wildlife along the way.”
For more information about all DWT’s Easter events, please click here
Notes to Editor
- Epic Easter Expedition at Kingcombe Sunday 20th April from 10-3pm , £5 per child. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0EQ. For more information and to book your place, phone 01300 321329 or click here.
- ‘Seashore Detectives’ at the Chesil Beach Centre Wednesday 16th April at 1.30pm 3pm. Adults £3, Children £2.
- ‘Great Chesil Beach Eggcase Hunt’ at the Chesil Beach Centre on Friday 18th April 1.30-3pm. Meet at 1.30pm. £2 per person. For more information about the events and the Chesil Centre, phone 01305 206191 or click here. The centre is half way along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland on the A354 DT4 9XE.
- ‘Rock pool Ramble’ at Kimmeridge Fine Foundation Marine Centre on Wednesday 16th April from 2pm -3.30pm. Meet at WW2 Pillbox, Kimmeridge Bay (map ref SY907792). Children £1.50, Adults £3. Short walk involved. For more information about the centre click here or phone 01929 481044 or email .
- Easter Egg Trail at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre Wednesday 16th April to Saturday 19th April 1-4pm and all day on Saturday. £1 per child, family event. No unaccompanied children.
- 16th April Caterpillar Kids Tiny Tadpoles Lorton Meadows NR (£2/child, Family Event) 10.30am to 12.30pm
- Explore the ponds, and discover the lifecycle of amphibians frogs, newts and toads. Plus games, art and more with the Community Conservation Officer. No unaccompanied children
- 17th April Wildlife Detectives Creatures of the Wild Woods Lorton Meadows NR (£4/child, 8 11yrs) 10.30am to 12.30pm. Use your detective skills and essential equipment, to uncover the creatures lurking in the woods, learn their secret tricks to avoid predators and get creative. Plus games and more with the Community Conservation Officer. Children must be aged between 8 and 11 years and can be unaccompanied.
- 18th April Caterpillar Kids Sticks!! Lorton Meadows NR (£2/child, Family Event) 10.30am to 12.30pm What can you turn a stick into? Use your imagination and explore the reserve you never know where it might lead you. Plus games, art and more with the Community Conservation Officer. No unaccompanied children.
- 19th April Lorton Meadows Open Day (Free) 10am 4pm The Wildlife Centre is open for visitors, come along for a walk around the reserve, follow our Easter Egg Trail (see above for details) then drop in for a hot drink, and peruse our selection of gifts and wildlife books. Plus watch birds nesting around the reserve on screen, and purchase nest boxes and bird food suitable for birds during spring.
- 19th April Spring Wildlife Wander Lorton Meadows NR 2pm 4pm £1 per person. Discover the sights and sounds of Lorton Meadows in the spring on a guided walk with the Community Conservation Officer. Refreshments afterwards.No unaccompanied children. Booking for all Lorton events is essential. For more information about Lorton, click here, or phone 01305 816546 to book your place. Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre is at the end of Lorton Lane, Upwey, DT3 5QH.
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.