Last modified: 17 July 2013
Image: David McHugh
The 250-acre nature reserve, near Barnsley, is home to all varieties of wildlife and the reserve is keen to show budding explorers all the different creatures that hop, walk, swim and fly there.
A new heritage game trail harks back to traditional school playground games, leading families around the beautiful ponds with hopscotch, a human sundial and even three giant leapfrogs. The family hide has received a make over, and now caters specially for families with numerous activities and games to inspire children about the wonderful lives of flowers, insects and birds. The playground has also been upgraded, thanks to a £50,000 grant from WREN, with new climbing frames for children of all ages.
Liane Holdsworth, RSPB visitor experience officer, said: “We’ve listened to what our visitors have told us and have created a place which will hopefully inspire generations to come. All our games and activities are designed to inspire and excite families, and encourage children to spend more time outdoors with nature.”
A full summer events programme has also been planned, and will kick off on 20 July with a unique outdoor performance of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox by Tin Pot Theatre Company. The fun continues throughout the holidays with favourites such as Tuesday Tales and Wild Wednesdays, while families can go pond dipping, bug hunting and even build dens on the lawn.
If children need a break from the sunshine, the activity classroom will be full of arts and crafts and visitors will be able to create their very own miniature wildlife gardens out of old cereal boxes, jam jar lids and anything else they can find.
Liane added: “We hope this classroom activity will encourage children and their parents to head out into their gardens when they get home and create real homes for nature. We have something for families whatever the weather here at Old Moor this summer.”
More information on all summer events can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/oldmoor or by calling the visitor centre on 01226 751593.
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