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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

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 or check their website for the next date at Avon Heath

 TBC  TBC

Saturday 6 – Tuesday 22 April

Easter Egg Springtime Trail

This family favourite will see you exploring the heath in pursuit of springtime clues and your prize at the end.

Anytime between 11am and 3pm £3 per trail sheet

Wednesday 10 April

Tree Climbing Experience

An exciting opportunity to climb trees using ropes and karabinors and get closer to nature at Avon Heath with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. The largest provider of recreational tree climbing in the country, offers a safe and fun way to enjoy the park’s trees from a new perspective. A thrilling and fun family activity for those aged 6 – adult.   Book through their website 

10am – 5pm - half hour slots throughout the day  £10
Friday 12 April Ladybird Box Building

A single ladybird can eat over 4000 greenfly… a gardener’s best friend!  Make a hibernation box to take home and learn about other insects using your garden.  All children should bring an adult.  Booking advisable.

Anytime between 11am & 3pm  £6

Monday 15 April

Sock Bunnies

Join John from Forest Arts and turn a sock into an adorable bunny – a perfect Easter pressie/keepsake. Suitable for 4 yrs plus. All children should bring an adult.   Booking advisable.

Slots available between 11.30am – 1.30pm £6

Tuesday 16 April

Pond Dip

An opportunity to explore the strange and shadowy pond world. Take a closer look with the rangers at some of the weird and wonderful creatures that dominate the water. All children should bring an adult.  Booking essential.

11:30am-12.30pm  £3.50

Wednesday 17 April

Pop up Pottery

Sculpt, create and decorate!  Make your own Easter decorations from air dry clay. Bring a small box/tub to take your masterpiece home in. Suitable for 4yr olds plus.  Booking essential.

11am-12.30pm & 1.30-3pm (1.5 hours per session) £8 per child

Friday 19 April

Meet a Bird of Prey

Come and meet our falconers’ majestic collection of birds.  Learn about their captivating lives. All children should bring an adult.

10am - 3pm £3

Saturday 20 April

Sheep Shearing + Baby lambs

Join our grazier,  meet the baby lambs (if available) and watch the sheep being sheared.  Find out more about grazing animals and their behaviour. Dependant on dry weather.

12.30pm onwards Free

Sunday 21 April

Peg Puppets 

Join artist Caroline Parrott and use wooden pegs to create your own unique animal puppets…. could it be a snake, a lizard, even a chick inside an egg!  All children should bring an adult.

Anytime between 11am-2pm £2.50

Monday 22 April

Archery

Join Wildway Bushcraft for this exciting opportunity to have a go at the ancient sport of archery.  Suitable for young to old. All children must bring an adult.  Booking advisable.

Anytime between 11am and 3pm £2.50 for 5 arrows

Tuesday 21 May

Sensory Memory Walk for Dementia Action Week

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.

11am-12.30pm  £3.50

Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June

Treasure Trail

Your treasure awaits you, but first you must 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 11am and 3pm £3 per trailsheet

Sunday 26 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

Wednesday 29 May

Pop Up Pottery

Sculpt, create and decorate! Make your own spring time decorations from air dry clay.  Please bring a small box/tub to take your masterpiece home in. Suitable for 4yr olds plus.  Booking essential.

11am-12.30pm & 1.30-3pm (1.5 hours per session) £8 per child

Thursday 30 May

Orienteering (Intermediate)

Develop your navigation skills to include compass reading and more.  Then take on the challenge that will exercise both mind and body as you explore the park with your map. Suitable for 7+ (with an adult).  Booking essential.

11am-12.30pm £4

Friday 31 May

Driftwood Hangers

Create your own hanging sculpture with artist Caroline Parrott, using driftwood plus branches collected from the park, and decorated with found and upcycled objects.  All children should bring an adult.

Anytime between 11am- 2pm £2.50

Sunday 2 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

Saturday 22 June

Ikarus Inc – Outdoor Theatre with The Rude Mechanical Theatre 

 

The acclaimed Rude Mechanicals are bringing their professional cast of actors and musicians for a full-on physical theatre experience. Set in the little town of Dreamville, Indiana, 1955, a travelling salesman, Daedalus H. Gildersleeves, and his son Ikarus, sell dreams from a suitcase. What can possible happen?!

Bring a picnic, rug or low backed chairs, and warm clothing. Suitable for 7 years plus.

Booking essential, tickets available from The Rude Mechanical Theatre or purchase at The Discovery Centre.

 7.30pm  

£17 per adult

£16 per senior

£13 per student

£10 per child, age 7-17 years

£43 per family

Sunday 7 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
Friday 26 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 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.

8.30 – 10.30pm £3.50 adults, £2.50 children

Monday 29 July

Driftwood Land/Seascape

Workshop with artist, Caroline Parrott - use driftwood, sticks  and natural finds from the park to create your own mini land/seascape, little lighthouses, animals, boats … lots of scope to use your imagination. Suitable for ages 5+.

11am-2pm £2.50

Tuesday 30 July

Discovery Tuesdays

Come and join the rangers in exploring some of the wildlife delights of Avon Heath. Unveil the moth trap, experience the Sand Lizards feeding time and explore the table of 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

Friday 2 August

Minibeast Hunt Become an intrepid explorer of the world of the mini-beasts. All children should bring an adult.  Booking essential.  11.30am- 12.30pm £3.50 per child

Monday 5 August

 Nature Bugs Join artist Caroline Parrott and use foraged finds from the park to create your very own fantastical bugs.  Add leaves for wings, twigs for legs, see what you can find and let your imagination run wild! Suitable for ages 4+.  All children must bring an adult.  11am – 2pm  £1.50

Tuesday 6 August

Discovery Tuesdays Come and join the rangers in exploring some of the wildlife delights of Avon Heath. Unveil the moth trap, experience the Sand Lizards feeding time and explore the table of 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

Thursday 8 August

 Archery

Join Wildway Bushcraft for this exciting opportunity to have a go at the ancient sport of archery.  Suitable for young to old. All children must bring an adult.  Booking advisable.

Anytime between 11am and 3pm £2.50 for 5 arrows

Friday 9 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.  7.30pm  

£3.50 adults, £2.50 children

Tuesday 13 August

Discovery Tuesdays Come and join the rangers in exploring some of the wildlife delights of Avon Heath. Unveil the moth trap, experience the Sand Lizards feeding time and explore the table of 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 14 August

Orienteering for Beginners

Maps, compasses and co-ordinates – feel lost already?  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.

 11am – 12.30pm  £4

Thursday 15 August

Spear Making

Make a primitive fishing spear and learn more about ancient hunting techniques and survival with Wildway Bushcraft. Suitable for 6 up (with adults supervision). 
Booking essential.

 11am-3pm  TBC

Friday 16 August

Driftwood Hangers

Create your own hanging sculpture with artist Caroline Parrott, using driftwood plus branches collected from the park, and decorated with found and upcycled objects.  All children should bring an adult.

 11am- 2pm

£2.50

Tuesday 20 August

Discovery Tuesdays Come and join the rangers in exploring some of the wildlife delights of Avon Heath. Unveil the moth trap, experience the Sand Lizards feeding time and explore the table of 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

Thursday 22 August

Bushcraft  Survival

Discover more bushcraft activities to help you survive the outdoors if left to your own devices, with Wildway Bushcraft. All children should bring an adult.  
Booking essential.

Anytime between 11am and 3pm  TBC

Friday 23 August

Den Building

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.

11.30am – 12.30pm  £4.50

Friday 23 August

Neolithic Huts

Create a miniature Neolithic hut from canes and leather with John from Forest Arts.  Learn about this fascinating time in the history of mankind, take your hut home and let your imagination run as wild as the era itself! All children should bring an adult.  Suitable for 5 yrs +   Booking essential.

Anytime between 1.30-3.30pm (book a slot)  £6

Sunday 25 August 

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 27 August

Discovery Tuesdays Come and join the rangers in exploring some of the wildlife delights of Avon Heath. Unveil the moth trap, experience the Sand Lizards feeding time and explore the table of 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

Friday 30 August

Minibeast Hunt

Become an intrepid explorer of the world of the mini-beasts. All children should bring an adult.   Booking essential.

11.30am- 12.30pm £3.50 per child

Sunday 15 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 24 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.

11am-12.30pm  £3.50

Sunday 13 October

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

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