Nature-loving kids in East Yorkshire will be kept busy all summer long at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, with cameras and critters, microscopic discovery and summer fete fun.
The award-winning nature reserve near Bridlington is running a jam-packed programme of activities and events to keep little hands and minds active throughout the summer holidays.
Budding young photographers will love Cameras and Critters, a hands-on activity running every Thursday and Friday from28 July to Friday 2 September. Using one of the RSPB's digital cameras, kids will be led by a guide along the nature trail, to snap photos of butterflies, bugs and birds. All their best photos will be saved to a disk for each child to take home as a souvenir.
Youngsters visiting the cliff tops will be able to see nature in all its minute glory in the new Discovery Zone. Peering down digital microscopes, kids will be amazed by the lace-like beauty of an insect wing or the delicate filaments of a feather - and these incredible sights will be shared on the Seabird Centre's big screens.
Active kids can burn off some energy following the Gannet Trail, which will explain all there is to know about the 25,000 gannets, the UK's largest seabird, that nest on the cliffs each year. Youngsters who enjoy a puzzle can put on their thinking caps to solve clues on Nature's Treasure Trail and be in with a chance of winning a pair of RSPB binoculars.
There is a whole week of fun planned from 25-31 August, when a mini summer fete will take over the reserve. There will be prizes on offer for those having a go at traditional fair games such as hoop-la, hook-a-puffin and coin tossing.
Sarah Aitken, Visitor Experience Manager, said: "We've got so much lined up for the summer, we're not sure one visit will be enough. Kids will be wide-eyed with wonder in the Discovery Zone and shrieking with delight at the Summer Fete. They'll certainly have lots to write about when they get the inevitable 'What I did during the holidays' school essay."
Booking is essential for Cameras and Critters; please call 01262 422212. Price for 5-17 year olds: non-members £6, RSPB members £5. Under 5's are free, and adults are free when accompanying a child.
Usual admission charges also apply: £3.50 adult, £1.50 child, £8.50 family (2 adults, 2 children). RSPB members are free.
For more information, visit rspb.org.uk/bemptoncliffs or like the Facebook page: RSPB North Yorks & East Riding.