Winter activities at Skelton Grange

A Winter’s Trail and other special events at Skelton Grange Environment Centre

With the magic of midwinter approaching, the wildlife that lives at Skelton Grange has been joined by a variety of specials guests. If you look closely in the woods you might see one of the woodland imps, fairies, and even goblins, who have set up camp amongst the ivy.

Skelton Grange TCV Winter Festival Elves

An early evening, lantern lit, winter woodland trail, including crafts for young ones, and snacks around a campfire on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December 2015.

Sophie, a Volunteer said:

“I have enjoyed imagining and creating a world of woodland creatures, and I am excited to see the magic of winter brought to life in the Skelton Grange woodland”

The Friends of Skelton Grange are also celebrating another eventful year by opening the doors of the centre to visitors for a winter celebration. With the winter’s trail under a week away, they will be getting the woodland ready for Christmas visitors, finishing off some habitat management work and warming up with some hedge-laying and some cocoa! The event will run from 10am until 3pm and is free of charge: wrap yourself up and bring a packed lunch! Freya, a new volunteer, said:

“It will be great to celebrate winter and wind down from a really varied year; we have met lots of new people, played games and done drama with children, and built many hedges and we are looking forward to a lot of new things in 2016”

In the new year the centre is planning a new season of Bushcraft events in the February half term: Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 February 2016. As well as Teacher Training courses: coming up are Environmental Games and Activities on 28 April 2016 9:30am-4pm, and Nature Play for Early Years on 17 March 2016 9:30am-4pm. For more information and to book please visit the website.

Skelton Grange, a partnership project between The Conservation Volunteers and National Grid, has been offering inspiring outdoor learning and play for 3-11 year olds and a range of environmental, conservation, food, craft and festival events to adults since 1992. The centre has welcomed over 6,000 people to take part in environmental education and play activities in 2015 alone. This has been made possible by Big Lottery funding.

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