Autumn fun at Moors Valley

WHATEVER the weather there are family event for all ages this autumn at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood.

As the light changes and the leaves turn to gold there’s never been a better time to enjoy the park’s mix of evergreen conifers and broadleaf trees. The crisp autumn air also provides the perfect opportunity to boost your wellbeing before the onset of winter – take the new autumn walking trail which meanders through the woods for three kilometres, with activity points highlighting things of special interest.

Other events pick up on the autumn theme with activities focusing on trees, birds and fungi. There is a Family Fungal Foray on Sunday 15th October from 10.30am to noon. Led by Phil Budd it’s perfect for beginners and you’ll take home heaps of fun facts about fungi to amaze your friends. In the afternoon there is a more advanced, adult fungi walk, from 1.30 to 3pm.

On 24th October, from 11am to 1.30pm, Feed our Feathery Friends focuses on looking after garden birds in the run up to winter.

Find out more about autumn trees on the Tree Walk on Friday 27th October from 10.30am – noon. Expert Andy Beale will be on hand to answer questions and help you have a go at leaf and bark rubbing.

The Moors Valley Hallowe’en Family Night Ride takes cyclists into the spooky forest for some fun on Tuesday 24th October from 5 to 6.30pm. There is Hallowe’en fun for younger children with a story session on Thursday 26th from 10.30 to 11.30am followed by the opportunity to make a witch’s broom to take home.

Looking further ahead, the exciting Christmas programme includes Hawks in the Forest on December weekends, decorating the Fairy Godmother’s Christmas Tree, Santa Specials to visit Santa in his railway grotto, Bumblefly Theatre with a Christmas pantomime, The Frog Prince, a Christmas Family Night Ride, Family Festive Quiz Trail, and the Christmas Tree Shop.

Booking for events is essential – for more information and booking details visit www.moors-valley.co.uk  or call the Rangers on 01425 470721.