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NEWS RELEASE No: 1479614 JULY 2011

Step into summer at Discover Wistlandpound

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The Abacus, part of an all-ability activity trail at Wistlandpound, Exmoor

There are a range of fun events planned this Summer at Discover Wistlandpound near Barnstaple.  These outdoor and active events are perfect for keeping the children happy and great opportunities for families to spend time together in the great outdoors. 

Most events are suitable for children aged between four and 12 years, but some are suitable for children as young as two like the Teddy Bears Picnic and Natural Art.  All cost £6 per child.  Book your place now to avoid disappointment by calling 01598 763706 or email

Nature Detectives and Shelter Building, Sunday 17 July 2pm-4.30pm
Come and see what animal tracks and signs you can find in the forest and try your hand at building a shelter made from natural materials. 

Indian Tracking, Thursday 28 July 10am-12.30pm
Work as a team to lay a trail for another group to follow. 

Awesome Earth, Thursday 4 August 10am-12.30pm
See the earth in a different way by joining in a series of games such as ‘smelly cocktails’, ‘meet a tree’ and the ‘unnatural trail’. 

Five Minute Fires and Shelter Building, Thursday 11 August 2pm-4.30pm
Come along to Wistlandpound and see how you fare at our bushcraft challenges.

Teddy Bears Picnic, Friday 12 August 11.30am-2pm
Bring a packed lunch, your favourite teddy and come and join us as we follow the teddy bear trail to the forest!

Natural Art, Saturday 13 August 2pm-4.30pm
Come and create an Andy Goldsworthy-style piece of art in the forest and play some games.

Flaming Fire Pits and Shelter Building, Wednesday 17 August 10am-12.30pm and Saturday 27 August 2pm-4.30pm
Another chance to have a go at some bushcraft challenges.

Nature Detectives and Forest Games, Thursday 25 August 2pm-4.30pm
See what animal signs we can find in the forest and then play some animal games including camouflage and predator/prey!

Discover Wistlandpound is a partnership project between Calvert Trust Exmoor, the Forestry Commission and South West Lakes Trust. The project is based around the reservoir, managed forest and heritage buildings located at Wistlandpound, near Barnstaple.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at

  2. Established in April 2000, South West Lakes Trust is the South West's largest conservation and recreation charity. It was created to encourage, promote and enhance sustainable recreation, access, nature conservation and education on and around over 50 inland waters in the South West for the benefit of all.   The Trust is now listed in the top 3,000 of the country’s 190,000 registered charities, attracts some two million visits annually to its venues and visitors contribute around £30 million of much needed inward investment to the local economy. By developing key inland water sites, the Trust has enabled local businesses to grow and develop their own enterprises.

  3. Calvert Trust Exmoor provides challenging outdoor activities for people with disabilities to enjoy, together with their friends and family.  All activities are on site, we have our own riding stables and indoor and outdoor climbing walls. We also offer sailing, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, carriage driving, archery and a zip wire. Specialist equipment and highly qualified instructors make activities accessible for all ages and all abilities. In the evening guests use the pool and jacuzzi and there's a sensory room with equipment that's already a favourite.  Our accommodation is accessible to all, equipment such as hoists are provided and the food is home cooked. Guests have outdoor adventures that restore their confidence and self esteem. At Calvert Trust Exmoor we focus on what people can do rather than what they can't.

Medi Enquiries: Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.