Wild half term events in Dorset
Thursday 18th October 2018
This October half term, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has some spooky wild events to get children out into nature at our visitor centres and nature reserves in Dorset.
The Kingcombe Centre is getting into the swing of Halloween with its ‘Spooky stories and Scary Bats’ event on Tuesday 23rd October from 6 – 8pm. Enjoy spooky stories around the log fire with professional story teller, Martin Maudsley before venturing outside to the meadows looking for weird and wonderful night time flyers, including ghostly moths and goulish bats! £6 per child, £4 per adult, includes hot dogs. Please call Kingcombe on 01300 320684 to book tickets.
Also on Tuesday 23rd October, join us for Forest School Fun from 10am – 12pm at Upton Country Park. There will be great nature-inspired activities for children from 5-11 years old, set in the wonderful woodland environment in the Park, just outside of Poole. £5 per child. Book on 01202 692033 / .
At the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, come along and get active with animal yoga for kids on Wednesday 24th October from 2pm – 2.45pm. Children can learn the different wildlife positions including the grey heron, the adder and the toad! £2 per child.
For a water-themed event, visit the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre in Kimmeridge for the ‘Creatures of the deep, dark ocean’ on Wednesday 24th October from 11am – 4pm. Find out about the bizarre and creepy creatures that live in the dark depths of the ocean such as the vampire squid, hatchet fish and dragon fish! Learn about their lives and make one to take home with you. £2.50 per child. Toll road charges of £5 apply. Phone 01929 481044 for more information.
Over on Brownsea Island, it’s not just the red squirrels scampering about and having fun. Every day during the holiday’s from 11am – 3pm join the Brownsea team for some art and craft activities. Make a pine cone bird feeder and take part in wildlife quizzes. There will also be ‘bird bingo’ and ‘wildlife explorers’ self-led trails available for all the family. Events are weather dependent, phone 01202 709445 to check events are running.
The Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth is running its ‘Spooky Spiders and Baffling Bats’ event on Friday 26th October from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Discover the secret life of bats and other spooky Halloween creatures and make bouncing bats and wonderful webs to take home. Children £3, must be accompanied. Booking essential on 01305 816546.
Notes to Editor
The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ. Phone 01300 320684 or visit www.kingcombe.org.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Beach Road, Portland, DT4 9XE. Phone 01305 206191 or visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/chesil.
The Fine Foundation Wild Seas, Kimmeridge, Wareham, SP20 5PF. Phone 01929 481044.
Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5HQ, phone 01305 816546.
Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Villa, Poole, BH13 7EE. Phone 01202 709445. Boats from Poole or Sandbanks from 10am. Normal boat fares and NT landing charges apply (unless you are DWT members and only visiting the reserve; if so, you'll need to show your DWT membership cards).
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre 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. Dorset Wildlife Trust registered charity number: 200222.
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