Scavenger hunts and smashing leaves at Lodge Park

A child spotting wildlife

Make a bee line for us this half term. There’s a huge tipi springing up at Lodge Park and it’ll be brimming with nature-inspired activities for five year olds and older.

Come and join nature expert Britta Lippiatt. She’ll be showing us the Japanese art of ‘hapa zome’. Hitting leaves and petals with a hammer you release natural colours and leafy shapes into fabric. Leaves and petals are all different, so your art work will be special to you.


Join us for an adventure outside the tipi. Follow a scavenger hunt, explore a nature trail. What will you find – owl pellets, feathers, bones? What will you hear and see? Skylarks calling, tall trees whispering, or a newt wriggling in a muddy pool? 


Back at tipi chat about what you’ve spotted and found. Share stories around the fire bowl while toasting marshmallows.


Or meet local storyteller Fiona Eadie. She’s written some tales just for us. If the weather is good Fiona will take you on a story walk, and who know where you’ll go. The bugs and birds you meet might even join in.


Lisa Edinborough, Visitor Experience Manager, tells us: ‘This is the first time we’ve had family nature events at Lodge Park. I’m intrigued by hapa zome – the name means leaf dye – and I cannot wait to see what our young nature artists create. It’s also something children can do at home. So, together with our stories, trails and tipi we’ll be creating very special memories this half term.’


The nature activities run from Monday 28 May to Sunday 3 June from 11.30am to 3pm.
Storytelling takes place on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 May, and Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June.


Each activity costs £3 per child. Places are limited so it will be first come, first served. All the materials will be provided and children should have and adult with them at all times.