Whatever the weather – family events this autumn at Moors Valley (Oct 2017)

Whatever the weather – family events this autumn at Moors Valley (Oct 2017)

An exciting programme of events will keep families happy whatever the weather at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood this autumn.

As the light changes and the leaves turn to gold there’s never been a better time to enjoy the park’s mix of evergreen conifers and broadleaf trees. And the crisp autumn air also provides the perfect opportunity to boost your wellbeing before the onset of winter.

To help you enjoy the season at its best Moors Valley has just opened a new autumn walking trail. Meandering along its 3km route you’ll find plenty of fallen leaves to kick as well as activity points highlighting things of special interest.

Special events also pick up on the autumn theme with trees, birds and fungi all receiving special attention this year.

All events at Moors Valley take place ‘whatever the weather’ and this autumn they include a ‘Family Fungal Foray’ on Sunday 15 October from 10.30 – 12 noon. Led by Phil Budd it’s perfect for beginners and you’ll take home heaps of fun facts about fungi to amaze your friends. A more advanced, adult fungi walk runs in the afternoon of the same day, from 1.30 – 3pm. Booking for each event is essential and the cost is £4 per person.

‘Feed our Feathery Friends’, focuses on looking after garden birds in the run up to winter. This drop in session runs on 24 October from 11am – 1.30pm and the only cost is £2 for each natural bird feeder you make to take home.

You can find out more about autumn trees on the aptly named ‘Tree Walk’ on Friday 27th October from 10.30am – noon. Expert Andy Beale will be on hand to answer questions and help you have a go at leaf and bark rubbing. The ‘Tree Walk’ costs £2 and booking is essential.

October also brings the thrills of Halloween. The Moors Valley Halloween Family Night Ride takes cyclists into the spooky forest for some fun on Tuesday 24 October from 5 – 6.30pm. Children must be 8 years+ and accompanied by an adult, and the cost is £10. Bike hire is available.

Younger children can also get involved in the Halloween fun. A story session on Thursday 26 October from 10.30 – 11.30am will be followed by the opportunity to make a witch’s broom to take home. Booking is essential and the cost is just £4.50.

You’ll find more information and booking details for events at www.moors-valley.co.uk  or call the Rangers on 01425 470721.

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