Winter Woodland Festival at Skelton Grange

Winter is a wonderful time of year, with its sparkling frost, twittering of robins and colourful jumpers. What better way to celebrate its arrival than by joining the Friends of Skelton Grange Environment Centre for the Winter Woodland Festival on Friday (12 December 2014)?

Skelton Winter CraftsThe Friends of Skelton Grange Environment Centre are celebrating the end of an eventful year and embracing the onset of winter, by opening the centre doors and inviting people to the Winter Woodland Festival. This year has been packed with courses, events and volunteering opportunities such as willow deer weaving, wild food walks, bat surveying, amphibian surveying, fungal forays, terrifying zombie nights and of course lots of bushcraft fun for both adults and children. The centre has welcomed over 5000 people to take part in environmental education and play activities.

Jenny Holmes a Volunteer Officer at Skelton Grange said:

“It’s great to be able to wind down and celebrate such a busy year with the winter festival. We are already looking forward to another jam packed year, with an exciting array of events planned for 2015.”

The festival has been made possible due to funding secured by the Friends of Skelton Grange from the Community First – City & Hunslet fund and will feature a variety of free workshops including reindeer making with Richard Law of Flying Shavings, spoon carving, wreath making and green wood working plus the chance to try your hand at a range of other woodland skills. There will also be food round the fire! The event will take place on Friday 12 December 2014 from 10am till 3.30pm and is free to attend, just bring yourself, some warm clothes and a packed lunch for you to eat around the campfire.

To find out further details relating to the ‘Winter Woodland Festival’ event or other upcoming events, please visit or email, or call the centre on (0113) 243 0815.