11 things to do this summer at Lydford Gorge
Read on to find out about 11 things to do using the natural resources of the gorge. By taking part you also help us to look after this special place.
1. Follow wild animal tracks through the gorge
Tuesday 23 July to Sunday 8 September, 10am-4.30pm
Can your family discover which wild animals have left their footprints all around the gorge? Check sheets will be available for a donation from visitor reception.
2. Play pooh sticks
Where will you play? The suspension bridge at the bottom of Whitelady Waterfall is a good choice, with room for lots of sticks, but there are many other bridges to choose from in the gorge. Who will be the best stick picker?
3. Design a ‘Lydford explorer’ flag
Friday 26 July & Wednesday 7 August, 11am-1pm
Make your own natural paints and brushes to decorate your flag and let everyone know you conquered the gorge. £2 per flag, booking advisable
4. Launch a bottle rocket
Monday 29 July, Thursday 29 August & Monday 2 September, 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.
5. Design a den
Thursday 1 August, 1.30-3.30pm
Build a brilliant den in the orchard with the help of the rangers. £2 per child, booking advisable
6. Build a mini raft
Saturday 3 August & Wednesday 4 September, 1-3.30pm
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. £3 per raft, booking advisable
7. Make a home for wildlife
Friday 23 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
8. Invite in a pixie
Saturday 27 July, Tuesday 13 & Sunday 18 August, 12-3pm
Get creative and decorate a miniature door for a Lydford pixie, or any magical creature you like. £4 per door, booking advisable
9. Make a mini woodland face
Thursday 15 & Saturday 31 August, 12.30-3pm
Create a mini face sculpture for your garden or home using local wood and basic hand tools. All materials supplied with full instruction from the ranger team. £2 per sculpture, booking advisable
10. Play with paper
Monday 5 August, 12-3pm
Turn ordinary paper into boats, planes and games
11. Spot a fish
Take a breather on your way around the gorge and try to spot a brown trout swimming lazily against the current in one of the deeper pools.