Spooky stories, scary bats & the wild woods: it's half term in Dorset!
Thursday 19th October 2017
Children can go wild this Halloween at DWT’s visitor centres and reserves around Dorset with some great outdoors events to keep them active and entertained this half term.
At the Kingcombe Centre in west Dorset on Thursday 26th October from 6pm – 8pm, enjoy an evening of spooky stories around the log fire with professional story teller Martin Maudsley. Then venture outside into the meadow looking for night time flyers such as moths and bats. Round-off the evening with delicious Halloween hotdogs at the centre by the fire. £6 per child.
On Tuesday 24th October from 10.30am – 12.30pm, get set for Halloween and design your very own spooky pumpkin. Have fun creating and carving your pumpkin to take home. £6 per child, includes a pumpkin and refreshments around the log fire. Booking is essential for both events, Phone 01300 320684 or visit www.kingcombe.org. Fancy dress welcome!
In east Dorset, enjoy some Forest School Fun with The Great Heath team on Tuesday 24th October from 10am – 12pm on the Happy Bottom Nature Reserve in Corfe Mullen for fun activities, crafts and games. Suitable for children aged 5-11. £5 per child including snack and drink. Booking essential on 01202 692033 or email
DWT’s Brownsea Island Nature Reserve is celebrating autumn wildlife from Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th October (10am-4pm) for families to discover Brownsea’s wildlife with guided walks, moth traps and pond dipping. Enjoy self-led trails and visit the Villa Wildlife Centre for art & craft activities, bug hotel building and making bird and squirrel feeders. No need to book.
At Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre in Weymouth on Thursday 26th October from 1.30 – 3.30pm, join us for a hedgerow hunt. Discover shiny shield bugs, wonderful webs and secret mammal paths and explore the Withy Woods. Make wildlife inspired artwork and play games.
On Friday 26th October at Lorton from 10.30am-12.30pm discover the secret life of baffling bats and other spooky Halloween creatures, then make bouncing bats to take home. For both events, booking is essential on 01305 816546, both events are £3 per child.
At the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, join us for Wildlife Yoga on Wednesday 25th October from 2pm – 3pm. Get active and have some fun with kids’ animal yoga! Learn the different wildlife positions including the grey heron, the adder and the toad. Children £2. On Saturday 28th October learn how to help your garden birds over winter and make Halloween bird feeders from 11am – 3pm. From £1 per item. No need to book.
At the Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge on Monday 23rd October from 2.30-4pm learn about the stories the sea has to tell and discover the stories behind some of our common and more unusual beach treasures. What does a mermaid keep in her purse? Why do some sea shells have tiny holes drilled through them? Find out these answers and more!
On Thursday 26th October from 1-3pm our ‘Creatures of the dark ocean’ event will help you find out about the bizarre and creepy creatures that live in the dark depths of the ocean. Vampire squid, hatchet fish, dragon fish and other weird wildlife inhabit the most inhospitable parts of the planet. Learn about their lives and then make one to take home with you. Phone 01929 481044 to find out more, no need to book.
Find out more about our events
For all Dorset Wildlife Trust events click here. All children must be accompanied.
Notes to Editor
All children must be accompanied for DWT events.
The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ. Phone 01300 320684 or visit the website here.
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 Marine Centre, 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 Marine 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.
The Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
Sites include land at Hampreston and High Mead Lane, Award Road, Ferndown Common, Delph Wood, Arrowsmith Copse, Dunyeats Hill, Corfe Lodge Road, Upton Heath, Beacon Hill, Cottage Farm (Happy Bottom), Ashington Paddock, Barrow Hill, Wimborne Road, Rushcombe Bottom, Parley Common, Tricketts Cross, Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay.
The full Great Heath Living Landscape project will cost will be £4.7 million, we have already secured £2 million and have been awarded £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and need to raise further funds by public appeal.
The Great Heath Living Landscape is a partnership project involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Partners also include Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Natural England.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with £6bn across the UK. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.
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