Beginning Friday 11 April through to September
Gruffalo activity Trail - Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!
Come and enjoy the Gruffalo trail at Bedgebury. Built around Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular Gruffalo story, you and your family and friends are invited into the deep dark wood at Bedgebury where you can join Mouse along with other characters from the stories on an activity trail that will lead children through the trees , learning about woods and forests as they go. You may also find our very own Gruffalo sculpture along the way!
Bedgebury Family Holiday Activities 2014
Come on one of our family activities this summer
We have a wide range of activities where children can get close to nature, and this year they can meet a real life plant hunter! Find out how Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees.
For further details and booking call in to the Visitor Services Information Office or call 01580 879820
All events involve spending time outdoors, so please wear sensible shoes and clothing for long grass, and come dressed for the weather. Have fun learning in beautiful surroundings.
14 to 15 August Forest Schools Experience Time 10am-3pm Cost £52 Run by Kent High Weald Partnership, come to Bedgebury for two amazing days of fire lighting, wild cooking, green woodworking and natural arts all with no parents allowed! This is not an overnight activity, so parents will need to drop off their children in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. For more information please download the Forest Schools Welcome pack or contact Saul Fajerman Tel 01580 212 972 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
19 August - Meet a modern day plant hunter - Come behind the Scenes at the Pinetum and meet one of Bedgeburys plant hunters to find out how he travels the world to get the best seeds to bring back to Bedgebury to try and ensure the survival of rare species. You will see how he climbs trees and you will have a chance to ask him about his work. Why not come dressed as a plant hunter yourself? Cost £6 per child 10.00am – 12.00pm Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. Pre-book your place for free car admission for the rest of the day in the main car park.
21 and 26 August - Drop in summer trail - Drop in and pick up a plant collectors bag, then follow our self guiding summer trail where wooden activity boxes are laid out along the trail for the children to find. Collect cones and leaves from the forest floor as you go, and bring your collection back and try some drawing or make a collage to take home. Cost £2 per child (plus admission fee per car) 10.00 am – 3.00 pm for all ages Booking is not required for these events. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.
28 August -Native American trail - Join us on a walk that will take in many of our magnificent Native American trees, and try some face painting, and make a feather headdress to take home. Bedgebury Pinetum collects conifers from all over the world to help save them from extinction. Many of our mature trees would have been known to Native American peoples as they gathered food and hunted in the vast forests. Cost £6 per child 10.00am – 12.00pm for all ages Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. Pre-book your place for free car admission for the rest of the day in the main car park
26 to 31 August - Living Symphonies
Composed and realised by artists Daniel Jones and James Bulley, 'Living Symphonies' is a musical composition which grows like a real forest ecosystem and it promises to be a truly unique experience.
"Even if you were barely aware of the complexity underpinning the music it would still be a fascinating listen" The Quietus
Based in a small area of the Pinetum at Bedgebury, around a ten minute walk away from the Visitor Centre, the installation itself will be almost invisible – you will see just the natural landscape of the forest, but will hear the thriving activity of the Pinetum's wildlife, plants and atmospheric conditions, come alive with a piece of orchestral music written in synergy with the ecology of the surrounding area, creating a never-ending symphony, heard amongst the Pinetum itself.
The installation will be open each day between 10am to 5pm and entrance is free. Standard admission fees for Bedgebury will however apply.
'Living Symphonies' artists Daniel Jones and James Bulley will be in the Pinetum each day to answer any of your questions.
A partnership between Sound and Music, the national agency for new music, and Forestry Commission England has been awarded support through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund to create a remarkable new way for audiences to explore forests with their ears as well as eyes. Further details are available on the Living Syphonies website www.livingsymphonies.com/