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Half Term fun at Discover Wistlandpound

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If you are looking for something fun and active to do with your children this half term then head to Discover Wistlandpound near Barnstaple.

Discover Wistlandpound manager Nicola Yeo has organised some fun activities for children on the beautiful reservoir site.

On Wednesday 17 February children can become Nature Detectives. Armed with magnifying glasses and binoculars they will be taken on a woodland walk to find out all about the many animals living at Wistlandpound.

Alternatively on Thursday 18 February there will be some orienteering and shelter building sessions for kids to enjoy. They will follow the ‘Wisty the Woodmouse’ orienteering trail and then have a go building a shelter using natural materials they will have picked up along the way.

On both days there will be a session from 10am until 12 noon aimed at children between four and eight years old. The second will be for children aged between eight and 12 and will start at 2pm, finishing at 4pm.

All sessions cost 6 per child and accompanying adults go free.

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.

Parking charges apply (2 for the whole day) and people should wear sturdy waterproof footwear, coat and trousers. Booking is essential by calling 01598 763706 or emailing

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.