11 things to do this summer at Lydford Gorge

Making a mini raft with sticks and string

Read on to find out about 11 things to do using the natural resources of the gorge in 2019. 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.

A bottle rocket soaring high
A bottle rocket soaring high
A bottle rocket soaring high

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

How well will your raft sail?
Floating a mini raft on the River Lyd
How well will your raft sail?

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.

Brown trout swimming in River Lyd
Brown trout swimming in River Lyd
Brown trout swimming in River Lyd