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Experience the Wild Woods of the Eastern Moors

Last modified: 24 July 2013

Children around camp fire

Join us for a campfire and toasted marshmallows!

Image: Philip Lee Harvey/Imagesource

Get back to basics on the Eastern Moors, in the Peak District National Park, this summer and find out how to make everything from nettle string to grass trumpets, with the Wild Wood Experience weekend.

The Eastern Moors Partnership, a venture between the RSPB and National Trust, is inviting visitors to join in with a host of fun activities from den building to atmospheric woodland walks, from Friday 9 – Saturday 10 August. The event links in with both the National Trust’s 50 Things to do before you are 11 ¾ years campaign and the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout, and is open to all the family.

Katherine Clarke, Visitor Services Manager for the Eastern Moors, said: “This is set to be a great event, with lots to do for people of all ages. It’s a chance for people to get back to basics and enjoy spending time outdoors, and this is a perfect opportunity for all the family to get involved.”

From 6pm – 9pm on Friday evening, the Eastern Moors team is inviting visitors to join them for an Edges to Embers evening, which starts with a wildlife wander through Curbar Woods, looking out for red deer roaming to their evening’s resting place, before topping out at twilight on the spectacular gritstone edge of Curbar. Using bat detectors to find out which bats are out hunting their night’s feed, participants will finish in the meadow, settling by a welcoming campfire with toasted marshmallows and popcorn. Visitors will then be encouraged to continue discovering wildlife at home, by camping out in their gardens.

The Woodland Antics event on Saturday, between 11am and 3pm, will see visitors build their own den, meet a grubby bug, build a bird box, make nettle string, mix a mud pie, whittle a whistle or simply remember how to blow a grass trumpet. Starting at 11am, people can turn up anytime until 3pm and have a go at as many woodland activities as they fancy during this hands-on event in the Peak District National Park.

As part of the National Trust’s 50 Things to do before you are 11 ¾ years campaign, the event offers an opportunity to tick off many activities in the activity booklet, which will be handed out on the day for those people who don’t have them.

Katherine said: “The ‘50 Things’ campaign is a great reminder to all families that some of the best times are the simplest ones. Showing your children how to blow a grass trumpet and mixing mud pies is simplicity at its best.”

“Meanwhile, the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout is encouraging people to reconnect with the great outdoors by spending a night in nature’s home and sleeping out in the garden. I think a lot of people will be amazed at the wildlife right on their doorstep.”

Participants in BWSO can also have a go at raising money to help give nature a home, by gaining sponsorship for their Big Wild Sleepout activity.  Sponsorship forms can be obtained from All funds will go back into giving nature a home on the Eastern Moors.

Edges to Embers on Friday 9 August, will start at 6pm meeting in Curbar Gap car park (grid reference SK263747) and finishing by 9pm.  The cost will be £4 per adult and £3 per child, paid in advance. Booking is essential.  To book a place, please contact the team via or by calling 07738 738844.

Woodland Antics on Saturday 10 August, will start at 11am and run until 3pm.  Visitors are welcome to turn up anytime with no need to book.  The cost will be £3 per child and £1.50 per adult paid on the day.  There will be an extra charge if participants wish to take home a bird box.  Parking is in Curbar Gap (grid reference SK263747), following the signs to the event in Curbar Woods. 

For both events, please wear appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather, long trousers and sturdy footwear. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please be aware that there are no toilets on site.  This event is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

How you can help

Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines. We can all help by giving nature a home where we live.

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