Kick-off the summer holidays in style at Saltholme's Woolly Weekend, 16 & 17 July.
Ever wondered about a sheep's summer coat, or what happens to a flock's fleece? RSPB Saltholme is inviting visitors to come and watch the annual spectacle of sheep shearing, where you can watch Saltholme's sheep lose their winter woollies and bare all for summer.
Venture around the reserve and families will find plenty to keep the kids entertained while they discover something new. Make your own lamb using Saltholme's finest wool, test your winning streak at the events field with family games, or dare to take the Saltholme family challenge around the lake. Visitors can put their spinning skills to the test and get hands on with Durham Spinners and Weavers, while learning more about how wool can be used once it has been removed from the sheep.
There will be prizes to be won including a framed picture of Moo, Saltholme's most famous lamb, and a picture mug. Children can also take a ride in our special all terrain vehicle (gator) for a warden's view of Saltholme.
Visitor Experience officer, Sarah Pearce, said: "Wild and woolly - that's how we like our sheep shearing weekend to be, and this year is set to be one of the woolliest with over 70 sheep to shear. The weekend is going to be jam packed - it's the perfect way to start the summer!"Normal admission prices apply. Free for members. Charges may apply for some of the activities offered. Call 01642 546625 or visit www.rspb.org.uk/saltholme for more information about events and activities at the reserve this summer.