Release your inner wild thing this October half-term

Emily Kench

Monday 16 October 2017

The RSPB is calling on families in the East to get outside and release their inner wild thing this October half-term.

  • RSPB’s Top 5 Wild Things to find in October

  • Wild Things happening on RSPB reserves this half-term 

  • Share your #wildthings photos on social media

  • Watch the #wildthings video

The RSPB is calling on families in the East to get outside and release their inner wild thing this October half-term.

As Halloween approaches, creatures are hunkering down and hibernating, but across RSPB nature reserves, in the depths of enchanted forests, mystical marshes, frightening fens, and haunted heathlands there remain many beasts that go bump in the night.

Families won’t have to go far to experience the wild things. RSPB wildlife experts will be on hand to showcase beasts that creep, crawl, flap and slither, in a range of wild-thing-themed events across RSPB nature reserves.

Chris Andrews, RSPB Visitor Experience Manager at Frampton Marsh said: “Whether you’re a wild child or a big kid at heart; whether you choose to wear fear-inspiring fancy dress, your weirdest wellies, or just turn up as yourself, it is important to visit your local nature reserve this half-term and let your inner wild thing roam.

“With the amount of time children and their families are spending outside in nature declining, unleashing your inner wild thing will provide the perfect opportunity to get out and discover the wild things that surrounds us all. The chance to take a step closer to the wonders of nature and embrace our local wildlife in all its forms, should be a part of every child’s life. The RSPB is here to help every family start their own wild adventure”

A recent RSPB research survey has revealed that an overwhelming number of children want to turn off the TV, put down their devices and spend more time outside exploring nature (note 1). Don’t worry if the thought of leaving your smartphone at home this Halloween gives you the heebie jeebies though. Take it with you and share your photos or videos of your #wildthings with the RSPB on Twitter @RSPBintheEast or your local county Facebook page (note 3).

 #WildThings events:

 Halloween for Children at RSPB The Lodge, Bedfordshire

An event of spooky activities awaits you! Come along and carve a pumpkin, bob an apple, bowl a witch and scare us in your ghoulish Halloween outfits. Make a small birch broom to fly home on with birch sticks from the reserve and finish with a spooky story. Will the wicked witch of Sandy be with us again?

When: Sunday 29 October, 2 pm - 3.30 pm, Booking essential, call 01767 693333

Price: Adults free, non-member children £10, RSPB Wildlife Explorers £8 (costs include story-telling, a small birch broom and pumpkin to take home). Car park and entry charges apply to non-RSPB members.


Den building and hibernation challenge at RSPB Rye Meads, Hertfordshire

Come along and work in teams to build an amazing den, suitable for you to hibernate in.  Who will win the challenge? Find out all about hedgehogs as they begin their hibernation and finish off making your very own clay and twig hedgehog to take home!

When: Wednesday 25 October, 10.30am - 12pm, Booking essential, call 01992 708384

Price: Members £4, non-members £5 per child.


Trick or Treat Treasure Trail at RSPB Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire

Come learn the legends of local wildlife! You will take a gentle stroll around the surfaced paths, finding out some spooky stories about our furred and feathered friends. Answer the questions and you can win a tasty treat. But watch out for the Shuck, our local ghost dog!

Suitable for ages 4 and above, sorry no dogs. No need to book. Please allow 1 hour to do the trail.

When: Saturday 21 October to Monday 30 October, 10 am - 3 pm

Price: £2.75 per child (RSPB members 20% off)


Creatures of the night at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk

Are you brave enough to venture into our woods in the dark?  There’s nothing to fear, just the wonderful sounds of the creatures of the night.  Find out what goes crunch in a barn owls lunch before venturing out on a spooky, family walk you won’t forget in a hurry!  Return to the campfire to toast marshmallows and enjoy a hot chocolate.

When: Saturday 28 October, 5pm - 7pm. Booking essential, call: 01603 715191

Price: Adult member £8 Child member £4 Adult non-member £10 Child non-member £5


Wild Things Halloween Adventure at RSPB Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk

Escape to the land of the Wild Things this Halloween and have an epic adventure at Titchwell Marsh reserve. Grab a treasure map from the Visitor Centre and find your way through shadowy woods, enchanted reedbeds and spooky trails. Solve all the clues to break the spell that binds your Halloween prize.

When: Monday 23 October to Sunday 29 October, 10 am - 4 pm

Price: £2 per child


Bangers and Bats at RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

Join us on a guided walk at dusk to spot some of the emerging nocturnal autumnal wildlife. We'll use bat detectors to help identify these fast moving creatures. The cafe will be serving a special menu of sausages with mash potato and onion gravy at lunchtime and hot chocolate with Hallowe'en sweet treats until 4.30pm (food not included in price of event).

When: Wednesday 25 October, 4.30pm - 6pm, Booking essential, call 01728 648301

Price: Adults £10, RSPB members £8, children £7, RSPB Wildlife Explorers £5


Flatford Autumn Activities at RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden, Suffolk

We've got some great FREE nature activities planned for half-term!  Come and plant a crocus bulb to take home to support the bees in the spring, make a bird feeder, follow a nature trail, play a game of conkers.......................

When: Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October, 10.30am - 3.45pm

Price: All activities are free but small donations of around £3.00 will help us to continue our vital Giving Nature a Home work. Parking at the National Trust car park costs £4 per day, or is free for National Trust members.


 Top 5 #wildthings to find this autumn: 

  1. Spooky spiders – head out into the garden first thing in the morning and witness these eight-legged creatures weave glistening dew-dropping webs.
  2. Fabulous fungi – look out for mushrooms and toadstools in enchanted forests. If you’re very quiet you might see fairies resting there. Look, don’t touch!
  3. Bursting berries – admire the colours of berries against autumnal leaves on tremendous trees. If you’re confident forage blackberries and sloes for free and make potions in nature’s kookiest kitchen.
  4. Creeping critters – after jumping in and out of squelching puddles, look at the crunchy leaves on the woodland floor. All kinds of creepy crawlies will be setting up an autumn home down on the ground.
  5. Shore-borne shells – following an autumnal storm take a trip to the coast. Look for the shells that marine wild things call home, left behind after high tides. You might even find a crab sheltering under rocks.



For further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Emily Kench, Communications Officer, 01603  697591 or 07730 194490  

Rupert Masefield, Communications Officer, 01603 697595 or 07872814878 


Photographs and video:

A selection of images to accompany this story can be viewed and downloaded from Dropbox here: 

The #wildthings video can be viewed on YouTube here, and you can download from the Dropbox.


Editor’s notes:

  1. The RSPB and Aldi conducted a Connecting Children with Nature research survey evaluating the impact of the schools’ outreach project on children and teacher’s attitudes and behaviour towards nature after participating in an activity. The independent survey was conducted by Family Kids and Youth social research agency, interviewing 1,231 children between the ages 6-11 and 201 teachers, between November 2016 and July 2017. 
  2.  The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
  3. To keep up to date with all RSPB news in the Eastern Region:

Last Updated: Tuesday 28 August 2018

Tagged with: Country: England Topic: 4-8 years Topic: 8-12 years Topic: Flatford Wildlife Garden Topic: Frampton Marsh Topic: Minsmere Topic: Rye Meads Topic: Strumpshaw Fen Topic: The Lodge Topic: Titchwell Marsh