February half-term fun at Lydford Gorge

Read on if you fancy a walk, a cuppa in the tea-room, an activity for all the family or to learn a new skill.


Sensory explorer trail

Are you up for exploring both Finch Foundry and Lydford Gorge with all five senses? Pick up an explorer sheet at whichever property you visit first, then tick off textures, sounds, sights, smells and tastes at each place to collect both stickers and win your sensory explorer badge.

Build your own bird box on Saturday 16 February, 12-3pm. Materials and guidance provided by the ranger team along with info on the best place to put it up in your garden. Make a box individually or make one as a family, the box can be tailored to suit a variety of different garden birds. Below is a video that explains how to make one for yourself.

Fun with fire

Drop in between 12 and 2pm on Monday 18 February to have a go at lighting a fire without matches. Then mix up some tasty dough to cook on a stick over the campfire.

Bug home making

Or drop in on Friday 22 February between 11.30am and 1.30pm to make a bug home out of natural materials and attract a range of different beneficial insects to your garden.

Apple pruning

On Saturday 23 February join a hands-on morning in the orchard to learn the art of pruning apple trees with the ranger team. The session will cover some of the theory of different apple pruning techniques and then let you get hands on with the trees in the orchard to practice using different tools. Booking is essential as the session is usually well attended.

Learn how to prune apple trees
A group learning about how to prune apple trees
Learn how to prune apple trees

For those wanting to stretch their legs the short walks to Whitelady Waterfall and the bird hide will be open every day. There are some lovely views out over the gorge at this time of year which are hidden in summer by the leaves of the trees.

Both tea-rooms and the shop will be open 11am-3.30pm, Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February. Get a take away hot drink to enjoy on your walk or grab a table in the warm to enjoy a tasty treat.

Devon cream tea
Devon cream tea
Devon cream tea