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Secrets of the Heath 2023 – Saturday 15 April

Secrets of the Heath 2023 – Saturday 15 April

Discover the horrible histories and wonderful wildlife of our Lowland heath on Saturday 15 April 2023 as the Secrets of the Heath festival returns to Whitehill and Bordon.

Join a Saxon shield battle, come face-to-face with the Bronze Age and meet the snakes & lizards who call the heath their home.

As well as re-enactments, a medieval camp and storytelling, visitors to the free annual festival can search for weird and wonderful insects with South Downs rangers and bring your dog and have a go at the Countryside Dog Agility Challenge, pledge to #TakeTheLead and be in with a chance of winning some dog treats for your four legged friends.

On Saturday morning join us bright and early for an expert led dawn chorus walk (booking essentional) and a stargazing session with SDNPA (subject to weather).

The festival is organised by the Heathlands Reunited SAMM project – a partnership of 12 like-minded conservation and community organisations led by the South Downs National Park Authority.

There will be tasty treats and light bites to purchase from a variety of food providers across the site over the weekend.

Heaths are rare habitats, rich in wildlife and fantastic open space for families to explore.

But they are under threat and would disappear completely without active management.

Secrets of the Heath is a chance for people to find out how people have lived and worked the heath over thousands of years and how you can play your part today to help your heaths through the Heathlands Reunited project.

For more information email heathlands@southdowns.gov.uk

More information on Hogmoor Inclosure can be found here: www.princephilippark.co.uk/community/spaces/hogmoor-inclosure

Event Programme

View the event programme below or alternatively follow this link.


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