Storybooks and Fairytales this Easter

Thursday 17th March 2016

Brambly Hedge (c) Jill BarklemBrambly Hedge (c) Jill Barklem

Families attending Easter activities at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will enter a world of fairytales and storybooks.

On Tuesday March 29th Lower Smite Farm will become a fantasy land of fairytales and on Wednesday 6th April, families will be able to follow in the footsteps of Wilfred and Primose of Brambly Hedge.  The activities are aimed at children aged 5 to 12 years and will help them uncover the magic of the countryside whilst enjoying the spring sunshine during the Easter holidays.

Hannah Thomas, Engagement Officer for the Trust explained “Our activities are about encouraging young children to let their imaginations run free and explore the natural beauty of their surroundings whilst uncovering nature's curiosities.

“We’ll have the chance to scour the ponds, swish through the long grass and rustle our way through the woodland in search of all things spellbinding and mythical.’

Fairytale Creatures

Common frog (c) Betsy DiggerIn Fairytale Creatures on March 29th, young fairytale fanatics will be encouraged to take part in pond dipping and bug hunting to seek out dragons (newts) and frog princes (frogs and toads) and will be given a magic bean to grow their very own beanstalk.

They will then get creative and build homes for their new fairytale friends before taking part in the Fairytale Olympics. So whether they’re creative, athletic or just love exploring, the event offers every child a chance to get outside and discover the wonders of nature this spring.

Wilfred & Primrose's Wild Adventure

Jill Barklem’s popular children’s series ‘Brambly Hedge’ will be brought to life with the help of young explorers joining curious characters Wilfred and Primrose on their wild adventure around Lower Smite Farm on Wednesday 6th April.

Exploring (c) Emma BradshawThe books, originally published by Collins in 1980, are based on the lives and adventures of a community of mice who live in Brambly Hedge. The Wildlife Trusts and Brambly Hedge have recently joined forces to champion the stunning countryside and wildlife that surrounds us, encouraging youngsters to explore the beauty of their surroundings and get closer to wildlife.

The Wild Adventure is based on the ‘Spring Story’ chronicle and will include a trail and scavenger hunt in search of all things wild and wonderful.  Families will prepare a wild picnic in the spring sunshine for Wilfred Toadflax’s secret birthday celebration before taking part in small mammal trapping in the hope of finding the Brambly Hedge mice in their natural habitat.

All participants will be advised to take care as character Wilfred Toadflax has a mischievous reputation and is known for firing grass seeds with his catapult and banging his drums loudly!

Hannah added “This is a fantastic opportunity for children to appreciate the local countryside and make new friends whilst focusing on a literary classic that brings an educational element to our activities.”

Both events take place between 2pm and 4pm.  They cost just £3.50 per child and booking is essential on 01905 754919 or by email.

Other Easter events are also taking place during the holidays.  Visit our Wild About....holidays page for more information.

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