Big Family Day Out in the Midlands
Swap the office for the great outdoors and lend a helping hand at a Big Family Day Out in the Midlands.
What do I do?
- Choose your activity
- Find out if your company is involved, here's the complete list (pdf). (If your employer isn’t on the list don’t worry, just email us and we'll help you get them involved.
- Book with your company representative (they'll need names of each family member, ages of children and activity you are interested in). They'll send your details to us and we'll contact you to confirm your place and provide further information (time to meet, directions, what to bring), a couple of weeks before the activity.
- Turn up for a day of worthwhile fun.
Fell and Conserve
Monday 27 October, full day 10am - 3pm
We need your help to take back in hand an area of woodland that hasn’t been actively managed for decades. For a day’s work of pruning, felling, slashing, burning and clearing, you will help us create a new wildlife habitat, enable the wonderful spring carpet of snowdrops to blossom and thrive, and to help us improve the conservation of our Grade II listed parkland. Eat lunch around the camp fire, roast marshmallows and spend the afternoon making woodland crafts from the materials you’ve just cleared.
Hot drinks, squash, water and marshmallows provided. Maximum of 50 people, no age restriction.
Brash and Burn
Wednesday 29 October, full day 10am - 3pm
Spend the day outdoors with the ranger team on the heath clearing brash cut earlier in the year. This will allow our cattle better access to graze the heath, helping to keep the habitat open and in favourable condition. Once you’ve got a good pile of brash, use it to build your own den and then sit around the bonfire toasting marshmallows and cooking jacket potatoes for lunch.
Tea, coffee, water, squash, biscuits, marshmallows and potatoes provided. Bring your own fillings for the potatoes. Maximum of 50 people, no age restrictions.
Wonderful Woodland Work
Tuesday 28 October, full day, 10am – 3.30pm
Help Hardwick to conserve its beautiful semi-ancient woodlands and keep them a special place for people and wildlife. By thinning the young beech, sycamore and willow you’ll create space for larger trees to grow and help ground flora plants get the sunshine they need.
It’s not all work though, as well as creating habitat homes from the wood we’ll light a fire where you can toast marshmallows and popcorn. There will also be the opportunity to explore our natural play trail and complete some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.
Marshmallows, popcorn, tea, coffee, water and squash provided. 20 - 25 people, no age restrictions.
Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 October, full day, 10am to 3pm
Head out into the woodlands, bowsaw in hand, and help remove small trees to thin out the woodland and enhance the pasture. Watch the rangers remove the larger trees with a felling demonstration too. After a morning’s hard work, help build a bonfire and while you cook your jacket potatoes, roast marshmallows and listen to stories about Kedleston.
Drinks and marshmallows provided. Maximum of 60 people, no age restriction.
A few notes
Bring a packed lunch – each property will provide drinks and snacks as part of the day.
All activities are outdoors and it is likely there will be no wet weather contingency - so please bring waterproofs.
Please wear comfy clothing and sturdy footwear.
All equipment including gloves will be provided for your activity.