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Events at Avon Heath Country Park

Join in the fun at Avon Heath Country Park by taking part in our events.

Avon Heath Events
DateEventDescriptionTimeCost

Fridays from April

Workout and Explorer Walks

Enjoy sociable Nordic walking with a mixed ability group. Led by accredited instructors, these walks are both an energising and relaxing way to enjoy being active outdoors. Call Lucie on 07768 873156 for information/to book or visit theNordic walking website

8am Workout Walk

9.30am Explorer Walk

From £4.80

Regular Fridays

Nordic Walking Taster Sessions

Did you know Nordic walking burns 20-40% more calories than walking alone and provides a work out for the whole body. Find out more at one of the regular taster sessions. Call Lucie on 07768 873156 orcheck their website for the next date at Avon Heath.

 TBC TBC
  Wellbeing Walks

A gentle way to walk yourself fitter including exercises that help flexibility, balance and strength, whilst using poles improves general fitness and increases joint mobility. Call Lucie on 07768 873156 for information/to book or visit theNordic walking website.

9.30 - 10.30am From £4.80
 Saturdays Yoganature

Stopping in April and restarting again in August. Come along to Avon Heath’s Kids Love Nature Kindergarten and enjoy Yoga designed especially for children. For dates and more information contact Gemma on 07706 233932.

  £5
Monday 17 February Pop up Pottery

Make and paint a pinch pot animal. Workshop using air dry clay. Please bring a box to take creations home. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

11am - 12.30pm and 2 - 3.30pm £8
Wednesday 19 February Birdbox Building

Springwatch has shown us the magic you can bring to your garden by putting up a nestbox.  Why not construct your own in this fun and constructive workshop? All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

time slots between 11am and 1pm £8.50 per birdbox
Friday 21 February Tree Climbing Experience A thrilling and fun adventure, scaling one of the park’s trees using ropes and karabinors with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. 6yrs+. All children should bring an adult. Book through the Big Tree Climbing website. 10am-3.45pm (half hour slots throughout the day) £10
Sunday 1 March Volunteering at Avon Heath Put on your work boots and join Avon Heath’s volunteers and rangers clearing pine, to conserve the heathland and its unique inhabitants. Finish off with refreshments by the fire. All children must bring an adult. For more details contact 01425 478082. 10.30am – 4pm (approx.) FREE
Saturday 14 March

“Rubbish Heap Rising” with Yak Pak Theatre Project

An exciting opportunity to join the Yak Pack for this interactive story adventure. Appealing to 3yrs plus, this story celebrates friendship and community. It reminds us one person’s rubbish is another’s treasure while exploring the worldwide problem of plastic pollution. Help us raise funds for the Yak Pack Theatre Project as they take this story to the Indian Himalayas in 2021. Find out more via the Yak Pack website.   

11 - 11.45am £4.50 per child, one adult free per family group, additional adult £2
Saturday 4 - Sunday 19 April

Easter Egg Trail 

Our ever popular Easter Trail will see you exploring the heath in pursuit of springtime clues and your prize at the end.  anytime between 10am and 3pm £3 per trail sheet
Monday 6 April Ladybird Box Building Encourage these enchanting beetles and other valuable insects into your garden by making a hibernation/nesting box.  All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082. half hour time slots between 11am and 2pm £6 per box
Tuesday 7 April

Jesmonite Terrazzo Workshop 

Join local designer Carey Ellis (Instagram @ateliercarey) in crafting this amazing material into eye catching and innovative products. Carey will introduce you to the medium and guide you on how to mix, colour and cast in moulds.Then sand by hand to reveal the magic beneath. Children can create their own unique pendant / brooch / badge (suitable for 6-14 year olds). Adults get to play too if they want and make coaster / plant stands. All children need to bring an adult and wear old clothes/aprons. Booking and payment through paypal to careyellis@hotmail.co.uk, quoting 'Avon Heath Workshop' PLUS the names and number/s of children / adult spaces.  10.30am - 12.30pm £10 children - pendant/broach/badge £30 adults – coasters/plant stands
Wednesday 8 April

Orienteering for Beginners

Maps, compasses and co-ordinates – feeling lost?  Decipher the language of maps and directions through games and exercises, then put your new skills to the test.  All children should bring an adult. Children must be 7yrs+. Booking essential on 01425 478082. 11.00am – 12.30pm  £4
 Thursday 9 - Saturday 11 April

Climbing Wall + Axe Throwing

The Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team invite you to come and have a go at our 7.2m high climbing wall and some axe throwing. Pay as you play, no booking required.

  £3 for 10 mins on the climbing wall or for 9 axes, or £5 for both activities
Tuesday 14 April Seedbomb Workshop

Join #Bee Wild Seed Bombs for this popular workshop and help rewild your area. The seed bombs you make will contain 24 species of native wildflower seeds from the RHS ‘Plants for Pollinator’ list helping create a diverse environment to suit bees, butterflies and others. Decorate a plant marker to go with your bombs. All children must bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

half hour time slots between 11am-12.30pm

£4.50

Wednesday 15 April

Pond Dip

Ever wondered what makes the ripples or blows the bubbles in our pond, or even who lurks in the mud at the bottom? Join the rangers and find out. All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082. 11.30am – 12.30pm  £3.50
Friday 17 April

Pellet Picking

An absorbing workshop enabling you to have a close look at the diet of a bird of prey. A pellet contains the remains of their meal that they are unable to digest. Pick a pellet and you may find skulls, feathers, bones etc. All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082. 10am - 10.45am  £3 per pellet
Friday 17 April

Meet a Bird of Prey

Go on an adventure into the woods to meet the Falconer and his Birds of Prey in our very own Owl House. An unique opportunity to get up close to these majestic birds, have a selfie with them, learn about their captivating lives and marvel at their flight displays (weather dependent). All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082. half hour slots between 10.30am and 12.30pm £2 per person
Tuesday 19 May

Sensory Memory Walk 

Join the rangers for a gentle walk exploring Avon Heath’s springtime treasures through the senses. Smell the coconut fragrance of the gorse flowers, hear the spring birdsong and more. All welcome including those with dementia and their carers. Including free hot drink. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

11am - 12.30pm

£3.50

Saturday 23 - Sunday 31 May

Spring Treasure Trail

Embark on an adventure across the heath and through the woods in search of clues to unravel the wildlife riddles for your prize at the end.  anytime between 10am and 3pm £3 per trailsheet
Sunday 24 May

Sheep Shearing 

Come and meet our grazier and watch the sheep being sheared.  Find out more about grazing animals and their behaviour. Dependant on dry weather.

12.30pm onwards FREE
Monday 25 May

Seedbomb Workshop

Join #BeeWildSeedBombs for this popular workshop and help rewild your area. The seed bombs you make will contain 24 species of native wildflower seeds from the RHS ‘Plants for Pollinator’ list helping create a diverse environment to suit bees, butterflies and others. Decorate a plant marker to go with your bombs. All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

half hour time slots between 11am-12.30pm £4.50
Wednesday 27 May

Sheep Shearing 

Come and meet our grazier and watch the sheep being sheared.  Find out more about grazing animals and their behaviour. Dependant on dry weather.

12.30pm onwards FREE
Friday 29 May Pond Dip

Ever wondered what makes the ripples or blows the bubbles in our pond, or even who lurks in the mud at the bottom? Join the rangers and find out. All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

11.30am – 12.30pm £3.50
Sunday 31 May Reptile Walk

Meet Avon Heath’s very own reptiles (weather permitting). You have a good chance of spotting one of the UK’s six reptiles on this walk.  Learn expert tracking and ID skills. Weather dependent. Children should be 6yrs + and with an adult.  Booking essential on 01425 478082.

10.30 - 11.30am £3.50 adults, £2.50 children
Sunday 31 May Sheep Shearing Come and meet our grazier and watch the sheep being sheared.  Find out more about grazing animals and their behaviour. Dependant on dry weather. 12.30pm onwards FREE
Sunday 28 June Sheep Shearing Come and meet our grazier and watch the sheep being sheared.  Find out more about grazing animals and their behaviour. Dependant on dry weather. 12.30pm onwards FREE
Monday 20 July - Friday 4 September

Summer Treasure Trail

Intrepid explorers unite and scour the heathland in search of clues to help you complete the trail and win the prize at the end.

anytime between 10am and 3pm £3 per trailsheet
Friday 24 July Wonders of the Night

An enchanting evening meander exploring the park and hopefully meeting some of the twilight visitors to Avon Heath. Join the rangers, Dorset Bat group and others in a pursuit of nightjars, bats, moths, woodcock, roe deers, owls and more. All children should bring an adult. Bring your torch. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

8.30 – 10pm Adults £3.50, children £2.50
Sunday 26 July Sheep Shearing Come and meet our grazier and watch the sheep being sheared.  Find out more about grazing animals and their behaviour. Dependant on dry weather. 12.30pm onwards FREE
Tuesday 28 July Discovery Tuesdays

Join the rangers and exploring some of the wildlife delights of Avon Heath. Unveil the moth trap, experience the Sand Lizards feeding time and explore wildlife objects found on the park from skulls to skins. All children should bring an adult.  

10am: Moth Trap Unveiling

11-12.30pm:  Discovery Table

1pm: Sand Lizard Feeding

FREE
Wednesday 29 July Dibber Day

Use a map and your wits to find your way around this orienteering trail through the heath. Add the thrill of timing your ability with the electronic dibbers. Suitable for beginners and children 7+.

anytime between 10am and 3pm Map pack £3
Dibber hire £3 per dibber or £7 per family (up to 5)
Friday 31 July Minibeast Safari

Enter the fascinating world of the mini-beast - from the blood-sucking assassin bug and ferocious dragonfly to the maternal woodlouse and industrious ant.  Prepare to be captivated as you explore. Suitable for children 4+. All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

11.30am – 12.30pm £3.50
Tuesday 4 August Discovery Tuesdays Join the rangers and exploring some of the wildlife delights of Avon Heath. Unveil the moth trap, experience the Sand Lizards feeding time and explore wildlife objects found on the park from skulls to skins. All children should bring an adult.   10am: Moth Trap Unveiling

11 - 12.30pm:  Discovery Table

1pm: Sand Lizard Feeding
FREE
Wednesday 5 August Dibber Day Use a map and your wits to find your way around this orienteering trail through the heath. Add the thrill of timing your ability with the electronic dibbers. Suitable for beginners and children 7+. anytime between 10am and 3pm Map pack £3
Dibber hire £3 per dibber or £7 per family (up to 5)
Friday 7 August Family Bat Walk

Explore the park in search of these delightful masters of the dusk sky with Dorset Bat Group. A batty activity, followed by the captivating walk. All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

7pm £3.50 adults, £2.50 children
Tuesday 11 August

Tree Climbing Experience

A thrilling and fun adventure, scaling one of the park’s trees using ropes and karabinors with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. 6yrs +.  Booking through the Big Tree Climbing website. All children must bring an adult.

10am – 5pm - half hour slots throughout the day £10
Tuesday 11 August Discovery Tuesdays Join the rangers and exploring some of the wildlife delights of Avon Heath. Unveil the moth trap, experience the Sand Lizards feeding time and explore wildlife objects found on the park from skulls to skins. All children should bring an adult.   10am: Moth Trap Unveiling

11-12.30pm:  Discovery Table

1pm: Sand Lizard Feeding
FREE
Wednesday 12 August Dibber Day Use a map and your wits to find your way around this orienteering trail through the heath. Add the thrill of timing your ability with the electronic dibbers. Suitable for beginners and children 7+. anytime between 10am and 3pm Map pack £3
Dibber hire £3 per dibber or £7 per family (up to 5)
Friday 14 August Den Build

From log cabins to leafy shelters – let your imagination run wild and get stuck in. Children must be 6+years. All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

11:30am-12.30pm  £4.50
Tuesday 18 August  Discovery Tuesdays Join the rangers and exploring some of the wildlife delights of Avon Heath. Unveil the moth trap, experience the Sand Lizards feeding time and explore wildlife objects found on the park from skulls to skins. All children should bring an adult.   10am: Moth Trap Unveiling

11-12.30pm:  Discovery Table

1pm: Sand Lizard Feeding
FREE
Wednesday 19 August Orienteering for Beginners Maps, compasses and co-ordinates – feeling lost? Decipher the language of maps and directions through games and exercises, then put your new skills to the test. All children should bring an adult. Children must be 7yrs+. Booking essential on 01425 478082. 11am – 12.30pm  £4
Wednesday 19 August Dibber Day Use a map and your wits to find your way around this orienteering trail through the heath. Add the thrill of timing your ability with the electronic dibbers. Suitable for beginners and children 7+. anytime between 10am and 3pm Map pack £3
Dibber hire £3 per dibber or £7 per family (up to 5)
Tuesday 25 August Discovery Tuesdays Join the rangers and exploring some of the wildlife delights of Avon Heath. Unveil the moth trap, experience the Sand Lizards feeding time and explore wildlife objects found on the park from skulls to skins. All children should bring an adult.   10am: Moth Trap Unveiling

11-12.30pm:  Discovery Table

1pm: Sand Lizard Feeding
FREE
Wednesday 26 August Minibeast Safari Enter the fascinating world of the mini-beast - from the blood-sucking assassin bug and ferocious dragonfly to the maternal woodlouse and industrious ant. Prepare to be captivated as you explore. Suitable for children 4+. All children should bring an adult. Booking essential on 01425 478082. 11.30am – 12.30pm £3.50
Wednesday 26 August Dibber Day Use a map and your wits to find your way around this orienteering trail through the heath. Add the thrill of timing your ability with the electronic dibbers. Suitable for beginners and children 7+. anytime between 10am and 3pm Map pack £3
Dibber hire £3 per dibber or £7 per family (up to 5)
Sunday 13 September Volunteering at Avon Heath

Put on your work boots and join Avon Heath’s volunteers and rangers clearing pine, to conserve the heathland and its unique inhabitants. Finish off with refreshments by the fire. All children must bring an adult. For more details contact 01425 478082.

10.30am – 2.30pm (ish)    FREE
Tuesday 22 September Sensory Memory Walk

Join the rangers for a gentle walk exploring Avon Heath’s autumn treasures through the senses. Smell the fruits of autumn, see the varied fungi, maybe even taste the berries. All welcome including those with dementia and their carers. Including free hot drink. Booking essential on 01425 478082.

11am - 12.30pm  £3.50
    

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