Swap TVs and Tablets for Tree Views and Den Building this Half Term

Children (and adults!) are invited to enjoy the great outdoors this May Half Term at Hawkstone Park Follies. The Follies, just north of Shrewsbury is a Grade I, 100 acre historical landscape that captures the imagination of both young and old. Full of stunning views, monuments, towers, bridges, gullies and clifftops, this magical hidden gem also includes an interactive Enchanted Trail, illustrated by local artist Emma Lawrence. Children completing the trail get a certificate at the end of their journey – if they have successfully crept past the dragon and avoided the trolls on route!

During May Half Term, The Follies aptly named Wilderness Week will include  additional opportunities for den building, bug hunting, outdoor crafts and wildlife spotting, all included in standard admission.

As well as a week full of added value activities the British Ornothological Society will be in carrying out bird ringing demonstrations in the Grand Valley on Monday 17th May as part of an ongoing bird study, plus local Wild Craftist Ben will be onsite on Tuesday 28th May offering sessions where children can paint their own log animals. These drop in craft sessions will be in the Glasshouse Classroom and will be available for visitors and non-visitors alike with no admission to The Follies required.

Park Manager, Caroline Talbot said: “Our Wilderness Week gives an opportunity to try out hands on activities as well as encouraging visitors to observe the beautiful wildlife all around them. The Follies is a truly magical place and it is wonderful to see children and adults so enthusiastic about exploring the great outdoors. If just one of two people come away with a new appreciation of the natural world, we have done our job. Fingers crossed it will be many more!”

This year’s Wilderness Week will be running daily from 25th May to the 2nd June, with all activities, excluding log animals, included in standard admission price of £5.75/child, £8.25/adult and 3yrs and under free of charge.

The Follies is open daily until 3rd November 2019. Gates open at 10am, last admission at 3pm, gates close at 5pm. For full information of events and visits see www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk.

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