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NEWS RELEASE No: 1363227 MAY 2010

Half term events at Discover Wistlandpound

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There are a range of activities on offer this half term at Discover Wistlandpound near Barnstaple.

Kids can learn basic survival skills including shelter building and how to light a fire using fire steels and natural tinder’s on Wednesday 2 June. 

On Thursday 3 June why not bring the kids along to a Bug Hunt Extraordinaire to discover the bugs and beasties living at Wistlandpound! Bug pots and magnifying glasses supplied. 

Each day has 2 sessions: 10.00am – 12.00noon suitable for 4 - 8 year olds and 2.00pm – 4.00pm suitable for 8 – 12 year olds.  The cost is £6 per child and accompanying adults go free.  Booking is essential by calling 01598 763706.

Plant enthusiasts may want to come and join a local herbalist on a walk at Wistlandpound to find out about the plants there and their medicinal uses.  There are two walks the first on Sunday 20 June from 2pm til 3.30pm and the second on Wednesday 23 June from 6pm til 7.30pm.  Again booking is essential by calling 01598 763706 and the cost is £3 per head (50p for children under 13).

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.

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