Monday, 5 August 2013

Avon Wildlife Safari Day 18 - Go on a family nature trail and plan an outdoor theatre trip

Dyrham Park, just off the A46 near Bath, is a wonderful 17th Century mansion, garden and deer park set in 270 acres of ancient parkland owned by the National Trust.

On some Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school holidays you can go on a guided family nature trail. This is a chance to get up close to nature, go pond dipping or bug hunting, track wild animals and explore some of the wildlife that lives on the estate. This is a free event (once you have paid the general entrance fee) and you don't need to book - just check the website for dates or phone the property office on  0117 9372501 or email

Alternatively you can go on your own nature trail. With wonderful wildflower meadows attracting the butterflies and bees, two big badger setts, great crested newts in the ponds, rabbits, hares and foxes enjoying the open grassland and, of course, the deer, there's plenty to see. You could even see if you can tick off a few things from the '50 things to before you're 11¾' challenge.
If you like a bit of Shakespeare you may want to return to Dyrham Park on 9 or 10 August to watch an outdoor performance of 'As You Like It' or you could learn how to build a dry stone wall on a 2 day course on 10/11 August. In fact there's lots of activities going on throughout the summer, so check out the website and get planning!

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