Things to see & do

Explore the garden and woodland

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Colby's Food and Craft Winter Fair 2014

Colby's Winter Fair

Saturday 15 November to Sunday 16 November  - 10am to 4pm - free entry

Local foods and crafts, jewellery, woodcraft, pottery, photographic prints, hot food, decorations.

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What can I try at Colby?

  • Climb a tree - we've picked out the best ones for you to climb
  • Build a den - there's a special area in the woods for this activity
  • Play on the rope swings at the bottom of the meadow
  • Dam a stream - be prepared to get wet and muddy
  • Take a look inside a tree - who knows what you might find?
  • Discover what's in a pond - pick up your kit when you arrive
  • Make a mud pie - don't wear your best clothes to do this

Stepping stones, ford or both?

null © Ian Hextall

There are three footbridges, a ford, at least six sets of stepping stones and a very long home-made log bridge to get you from one bank of the stream to the other. Why not try them all?

Have fun on an activity day

Learn and have fun on our activity days. Experts will show you some of our amazing wildlife and you can draw, paint, make things and catch things.

See what lives in the stream or among the tall grass in the meadow. Search for the tracks and trails of our resident badgers in the woods, or look for bats with an electronic bat detector. Top it all off with food from the Bothy tea-room.

Play a tune?

50 things to do before 11 3/4 - Make a grass trumpet © Carla Maloco

Why not get all the family to make a grass trumpet?

It's great fun to try and play a tune.

There's plenty of grass in the meadow for you to play with.

Go on a bug hunt

50 things to do before 11 3/4 - Make a grass trumpet © National Trust / David Almond

What's the creepiest crawly you can find?

There are plenty of places to search at Colby - under stones, in the mud, in the bark of fallen trees.

Find a geocache

Children geocaching © NTPL/John Millar

If you fancy a treasure hunt with a difference, pick up a geocache kit from reception and have a go. We've got five caches for you to find in the woodland garden.

 

Trompe l'oeil, or trick of the eye

Trompe l'oeil painting in the gazebo Colby Woodland Garden

Peter Chance, who gave Colby to us, commissioned an American artist Lincoln Tabor to paint the interior of the Gazebo in the walled garden. It's a fascinating piece of trompe l’oeil or 'trick of the eye'.

Did you know?

  • Pembrokeshire once had an active coal industry
  • John Colby helped defeat the last French invasion in 1797
  • Water shrews and dippers live along the stream
  • Colby has the tallest Japanese Redwood in the UK
  • A rare Bechstein's bat was discovered in the woods in September 2009
  • The nearest Bechstein's bat before that was in the Forest of Dean

A chance to meet some real owls

Children meeting a barn owl

Young wizards might like to come and meet some real owls and other birds of prey at one of our many activity days. This magnificent barn owl is from the Tinker's Hill Bird of Prey Centre.

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