11 things to do this summer

Den building in the orchard

Read on to find out about 11 things to do this summer at Lydford Gorge from wild sculptures to wild sewing and generally all things wild.

1.    Build a mini raft
Saturday 29 July, 1-4pm
Make your own mini raft with the help of the ranger team then launch it on the river Lyd to see how well it sails. £2 per person, booking advisable

2.    Spot some wild sculptures
Thursday 27 July to Sunday 3 September, 10am-4.30pm
When you visit the gorge over the summer holidays see how many wild sculptures you can spot on your walk. 

3.    Build a den
Bush craft activities in the orchard
Thursday 3 August, 2-4pm 
This session will be all about dens, with some toasting of marshmallows for good measure. The rangers are on call to test your dens with watering cans, see if you can disappoint them.
Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years, £5 per child, booking essential

4.    Join in wild sewing
Friday 4 & 18 August, 10.30am-12.30pm
Learn how to use a vintage hand sewing machine with textile enthusiast Sarah from Just Sewn Stories. Create a mini work of art that expresses your thoughts about Lydford Gorge to be displayed for future visitors to admire.

5.    Make a pop bottle rocket
Monday 7 August, 10.30am-1.30pm
Bring along an empty fizzy pop bottle or borrow one of ours and see how high you can make it fly using just water and air.

6.    Light a fire
Bush craft activities in the orchard
Thursday 10 August, 2-4pm
This session will help you get to grips with several fire lighting techniques, and then we’ll make damper-bread to cook over the fire. 
Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years, £5 per child, booking essential

7.    Make a wooden mallet
Bush craft activities in the orchard
Thursday 17 August, 2-4pm
Learn how to safely use bushcraft knives and tools to make your own wooden mallet or cricket bat.
Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years, £5 per child, booking essential

8.    Make a home for wildlife
Tuesday 22 August, 10.30am-1.30pm
Build a bug home for all sorts of creepy crawlies and tick off one of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.
£2 per person, booking advisable

9.    Learn about cordage
Bush craft activities in the orchard
Thursday 24 August, 2-4pm
Make cordage, which involves some technical twisting, to hang a wooden pendant from, then make a simple bow and test it out on the targets.
Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years, £5 per child, booking essential

10.    Splash about in the river
Saturday 26 August, 11am
If you would like to help look after the beautiful gorge as well as have fun splashing about in the river, then join us for a wellies and wetsuits litter pick. We’ll be covering a section of river starting from the long and easy path up-stream to Whitelady waterfall, this does not include Devil’s cauldron for safety reasons.

11.    Join a guided walk
Thursday 31 August & Friday 1 September
Two guided walks in conjunction with Dartmoor National Park Authority following the river Lyd from source to the gorge. For more information and to book visit dartmoorwalkingfestival.co.uk and look for the Lydford Leg, booking essential