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Spooky half term fun at Disover Wistlandpound

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There is a range of fun spooky family events planned at Discover Wistlandpound near Barnstaple during the October half term. 

On Monday 25th October families with children aged between four and 12 can come and discover the bugs and beasties right under their nose at a Bug Hunt.  They will also be able to make a bird feeder on the day.  This event costs £6 per person and is on from 2pm until 4pm. 

For something fun and creative to do with the children why not come along to a paper lantern making session followed by a night walk.  Suitable for children aged seven and over the fun starts at 4.30pm with the evening walk finishing at 7pm.

Families can enjoy spine tingling tales round a campfire on Friday 29 October at a Strange and Spooky Story telling session with local storyteller David Heathfield.  There are two hour-long sessions, the first aimed at younger children (aged four and over) starting at 3.30.  The second, starting at 5pm is for children aged eight and over.  These sessions cost £5 per person.

Booking is essential for all events by calling 01598 763706.  Parking charges apply (£2 for the whole day).  For more information about things to do at Discover Wistlandpound call 01598 763706 or email

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.


  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.
  4. For further information, please contact Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.