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Get beneath Grizedale Forest at the Big Draw event

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Family and young children walking on the Ridding Wood All Ability trail Grizedale forest

People are being invited to let their creative juices run wild at a Lake District event as the Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest joins an international art campaign.

Grizedale Forest is taking part in The Big Draw – which is run in more than 20 countries and is organised by the charity Campaign For Drawing.

People who visit Grizedale between Saturday, October 23, and Sunday, October 31 will be encouraged to look ‘Beneath the Surface’ and explore the hidden wonders that can be found in the forest.

There will be a self-led trail where people can walk through the trees and peer into nooks and crannies using mirrors.

Grizedale’s arts development officer and curator Hayley Skipper will lead guided walks between 1pm and 4pm on Thursday, October 28 and Saturday, October 30. She will give guidance and advice on how to discover new ways of drawing. Basic materials will be provided.

There will also be a ‘Beneath the Surface’ exhibition on display in The Yan building, by the Visitor Centre, between 11am and 4pm every day during the Big Draw event.

Kate Jordan, Forestry Commission assistant education ranger at Grizedale, said:

“We are really happy to be able to join the Big Draw this year and we hope that many people will visit Grizedale and take this opportunity to explore the forest in a completely new way – and then take the time to draw some of the things that they have seen.

“This is sure to be a fun and different way for people to get out into the outdoors and among the fantastic wildlife Grizedale has to offer, as well as unleashing the creativity that we all have within us.”

Hayley Skipper’s Walk and Draw costs £5 and is available to all ages. People must book in advance by calling 01229 860010.

The self-led trail costs £2.50 and the ‘Beneath the Surface’ exhibition is free.

Graeme Prest, from the Forestry Commission in North West England, said:

“This fun event is one of many that we hold throughout the year and people who come to Grizedale during the Big Draw will also have the opportunity to see, and draw, an array of wonderful wildlife that make their home in the forest and which the Forestry Commission is dedicated to protecting.”

For more information about Grizedale Forest please visit www.forestry.grizedalehome or alternatively check the Grizedale Facebook page.



The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain, with responsibility for more than one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. The North West England Forest District covers the Lake District in Cumbria, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The forests are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.

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