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Taster day for over 55s at Haldon Forest Park

Grandparents enjoying the forest

Calling all over 55s, the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park is working with Age UK to host a taster day aimed at people aged 55 and over.  On 21 September, between 10am and 4pm, there will be a range of low cost or free taster activities for people in this age group to try out and the café will be offering some delicious titbits taste. 

Try something new or rekindle a past hobby with a range of activities including guided bike rides, Nordic walking, guided walks and much more.  Some activities are free and others are being offered a vastly reduced price and there will be qualified instructors on hand to help. 

Louise Cornish, Haldon Forest Park Manager says:

“There really is something for everyone at Haldon.  We know that around 36% of the local population are aged over 55 but this doesn’t reflect our visitor profile.  We are working closely with the range of businesses we have operating on site and Age UK, as well as other partners such as Active Devon to put on this event and we are keen to show people from this age group that Haldon is a great place for them to visit, maybe to get active and spend time with friends, or maybe just for some peace and tranquillity.  We will also be asking people that come on the day for feedback on the kind of activities they enjoyed and what else they might like to see here so we can understand more about these customers. 

We are also keen to highlight the fact that mid-week can be a great time to  visit as the forest is less busy.  We hope people come along and see what Haldon has to offer and that they then go on to become regular visitors.”  

Trish Warren from Age UK Devon adds:

“This is an ideal opportunity for people aged 55+ to come along to the event and enjoy a diverse range of activities on offer. It will have something for everyone to enjoy, whether it is taking a walk and learning about the wildlife at Haldon Forest or enjoying a bike ride on one of the many trails. This promises to be a great day out for people to try something new.
There are also plenty of activities for those with mobility issues as there is wheelchair access and Countryside Mobility will be attending on the day.”

Visitors unable to make the taster day, can still visit at any time throughout autumn to experience the incredible displays of autumn colour. To make the most of the season, Forestry Commission England has named its top ten walks to boost your mood before the winter months, as well as a series of autumn themed adult colouring-in sheets to download and enjoy at home.

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Media Contacts:
Kirstie Smith, Forestry Commission, tel 0300 067 5824