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NEWS RELEASE No: 1343125 MARCH 2010

Easter events at Haldon Forest Park

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Ranger led explorer event for families

There is lots of fun events planned this Easter at Haldon Forest Park.  These start with the Easter Trail, which will run from Friday 2 until Monday 5 April. 

Children are challenged to solve the clues hidden along the Play Trail by the Easter bunny to claim a special prize.  There is no need to book – just pick up a clue sheet from the ranger’s and get started – clue sheets cost £2 each.   

In addition, Junior Rangers is back.  On Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 April children will get the chance to build shelters, light fires and track wildlife.  This is a ranger led event and is aimed at children aged between eight and 12.  Children can be left unaccompanied but parents/guardians are also welcome.

The cost of Junior Rangers is £12 per child and the event will run from 1.30pm until 4pm on both days.  Booking is essential by calling 01392 834233.

Haldon is open every day over Easter and there are a range of walking and cycling trails available for people to enjoy.  Bikes suitable for all the cycle trails are available to hire from Forest Cycle Hire, based at Haldon. It is also home to Go Ape, the exciting high wire adventure course

The Ridge Café is also open every day serving a range of delicious, locally sourced, fresh drinks and snacks.

The Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World (CCANW) is also based at Haldon Forest Park and is open over Easter.  On Easter Monday it will be holding a fundraising event on the outdoor stage from 1pm until 3pm.  A group of poets, performers and musicians will be entertaining people with an unmissable afternoon of performance poetry, storytelling, music and more.  The event has been organised to raise money for this innovative educational arts charity.

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Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.