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Events and Activities

Wild in the Woods Family Festival

22 October 2017

Go Wild in the Woods with us this autumn half term. Start off by making yourself a leaf crown to wear and then have a go at some of our fun woodland activities – go on a bug hunt, try out some den building and help us to create a village for woodland fairies (and […]

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Wild Families – Mousehunt!

24 October 2017

Find out how to become a wildlife detective and help us to track down some of the amazing mammals who live on our nature reserve. We’ll be looking for poo, prints and nibbled nuts, and will check some some special mammal traps to see if we can get a closer look at these lovely creatures. […]

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Young Bohemians: Memory Boxes

24 October 2017

Adorn a wooden keepsake box with your own designs and put memories on paper to keep inside. With artist Mary Macmillan Sloan.

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Halloween Activities

25 October 2017 to 27 October 2017

Visit West Dean Gardens for spooky fun this Halloween. With a Halloween Trail (with chocolate prize), Face painting, craft activities including making Halloween hats, spooky masks and Halloween lanterns.

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Spooky Storytelling & Spirit Hunt at Butser Ancient Farm

25 October 2017

Join us in the great roundhouse for an afternoon of storytelling with Fayebles! In the past we have heard all about Fairy Bigtoe and her adventures… What will she get up to this time? You can also take part in the Spirit Hunt around the farm – suitable for all the family! Please note that […]

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Pondemonium

25 October 2017

Come and meet some of the wonderful creatures lurking at the depths of our ponds (with the help of a net!)

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Wild Families – Halloween Hootenanny!

27 October 2017 to 28 October 2017

Make some bat bunting to take home then follow our spooky wildlife trail out into the woods. Will you be brave enough to hunt for creepy crawlies and create a twig skeleton? You can also make a birch broom to ride home in time for Halloween!

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The Big Community Work Party at Ambersham Common

28 October 2017

Love your community? Enjoy the outdoors? Want to try a day’s volunteering? Bring friends and family to help clear scrub on the Common and make a spooky decoration with the scraps. Drop in any time between 10am and 2pm and have a go! Gloves and tools are provided.

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Learn how to lay a hedge

28 October 2017 to 29 October 2017

Join treewright Darren Hammerton to learn the ancient craft of hedge laying. Over the weekend you will learn to cut and lay in the Southern English style using locally-sourced stakes and binders. You will create a stock-proof barrier from a mixed species hedge. Tools will be provided but please wear stout footwear and thick and […]

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Painted Furniture at Charleston

30 October 2017

Take inspiration from the painted interiors at Charleston. Learn about paint effects and antiquing techniques, glazing and waxing, and transform a wooden jewel box into a work of art.

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