Countryside events for children at half term

Countryside events for all the family in East Devon

The Countryside team is offering a fun range of activities in East Devon's beautiful green spaces during half term week (23-31 May). On Tuesday 26 May between 1-3pm there’s a chance to try some original woodland craft with the education rangers at Honiton Bottom Community Nature Reserve – suitable for children of all ages. Learn to make jewellery from branches, produce your own charcoal on the camp fire and create clay monsters. The cost is £2 per child and booking is essential for this event.

Find a plant bargain, while sampling delicious locally sourced food from the Countryside team’s plant sale and barbecue at Seaton Wetlands, from 4-6 pm on Tuesday 26 May. This is a free event with a small charge for barbecue food. Tea and coffee are available for donations. No need to book. Free parking through Seaton cemetery on the Seaton to Colyford road.

Take the opportunity to learn a new skill on Wednesday 27 May with willow weaving for beginners at Seaton Wetlands. There will be two half-day workshops, taught by Windrush Willow, where you can construct a support frame for sweet peas or beans, for you to take home. The cost is £22 per person, including materials and booking is essential.

On Thursday 28 May, at 10.30am, there will be a bear hunt at the Knapp Community Nature Reserve in Sidmouth. Bring your own teddy to join in the hunt and other games, and then stay for lunch - but don’t forget your picnic and something to sit on. The cost is £2 per child and booking is essential.

Calling all birdwatchers – fledgling or otherwise - to meet the birds at the island hide at Seaton Wetlands between 10am and midday on Thursday 28 May. Our volunteer guide in the hide will help you spot and identify the birds on the lagoon. This is a free event and there’s no need to book.

Find out all about the bugs living in and around the pond at Phear Park in Exmouth with the education rangers on Friday 29 May between 10am and midday – no need to book. This is a free event, but donations are welcome.

For more information or to book, call the Countryside team on 01395 517557 or email.