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Mr Fox makes special nocturnal appearance

Last modified: 13 September 2013


The event signifies the change in the season.

Image: Mark Hamblin

A very different kind of fox will be making an appearance at RSPB Old Moor this month, when the nature reserve is ‘handed back’ to the animals of the night.

As the season changes and late night visitors disappear, the legendary ‘Mr Fox’ and his fire dance group will be performing an ancient dance, on Saturday 28 September, to symbolically return the reserve to the nocturnal creatures that call it home.

Liane Holdsworth, visitor experience officer at RSPB Old Moor, said: “We are honoured and privileged to welcome Mr Fox and his dancers to the reserve. The event signifies the change in the season; a time when the days get shorter, late night opening ends and the reserve once more becomes the domain of the nocturnal animals living here.”

The dancers, carrying flaming brands, are normally found performing the Langsett Fox Dance on the Hunters Moon - the full moon following the autumnal equinox - but are making a one-off special appearance at the reserve.

The performance will follow two music sessions, which are open for all visitors. From 2.30pm, there will be a chance to have a go at playing ‘boom whackers’, primitive percussion instruments, with a musician from local creative performance group, Qdos Creates. Then from 5.00 pm, local musicians will lead an acoustic drop in session, and anyone can come along with their own instrument to join in the fun.

Mr Fox will dance at 7.30 pm, just as the sun starts to set, using Old Moor’s beautiful 18th century courtyard as a backdrop.

Liane continued: “We are looking forward to seeing local musicians and families alike taking part in this musical celebration.  It has been a fantastic year for Old Moor that has seen our tenth anniversary celebrated with more visitors than ever, and this is a great opportunity to mark the end of the summer.”

The music sessions are free (reserve entry fee applies) and tickets for the Mr Fox performance are £5 for adults and £4 for RSPB members and children.  The cafe will be open for light refreshments on the night.

To book tickets contact the visitor centre on 01226 751593 or by emailing


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