Swing through the trees at the Big Woodland Adventure
It’s time to get your hands dirty at this year’s Big Woodland Adventure – a fun-packed day of nature and wildlife in one of Exmoor’s most beautiful woodland settings. There’ll be games, activities and creepy crawlies galore – the perfect day out for little adventurers and their families.
Where: Nutcombe Bottom just outside Dunster (TA24 6TA)
When: Wednesday 1 June, 10am-4pm
Lynmouth Boat Trip
Admire Exmoor’s towering sea cliffs aboard one of Lynmouth’s longest-running boat trip companies. You’ll visit hidden bays and river gorges and spot birds nesting in the cliffs, and catch lobster and mackerel as you drift along. Be regaled with fascinating anecdotes about the fishermen’s seafaring history and the area’s coastal heritage!
Where: Meet at Lymmouth quay, no need to book
When: Tuesday 31 May, 3.45pm
May Fair at Arlington Court
Held over two days, this annual May Fair at National Trust’s Arlington Court is a celebration of rural arts and crafts and promises to be the best yet, with archery, falconry demonstrations, den building, bunting making and lots of yummy local produce on sale and craft stalls to wander round.
Where: Arlington Court, National Trust
When: Sunday 29 & Monday 30 May, 11am-4pm
Hestercombe Gardens Express
Board a steam train at Minehead and whistle through the countryside to Bishops Lydeard, where you’ll hop on a vintage bus to Hestercombe. End the day with a wander round 50 acres of gardens – all on the same ticket.
Where: Starting point, Minehead station
When: Wednesday 1 June, 10.20am
Discover Dunster’s poetry boxes
Encourage your child’s inner Wordsworth with a bit of creative writing this half term. Hidden around Dunster is a collection of poetry boxes – hunt for them around town and write your own prose, or simply take some time to read what others have written.
When: From 1 June til end of August
Take part in Exmoor Wild Watch
Now in its third year, the Exmoor Wild Watch encourages families to help spot some of Exmoor’s most precious species of wildlife and record them online. Species to look out for this year include glow worms, the Common Blue butterfly, hedgehogs and kestrels.
More info: www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/Whats-Special/exmoor-wildwatch-2016