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It’s that time of year again, where we start to have those winter blues.

There is nothing better than family time spent outdoors in the fresh air and the fun to be had exploring and discovering. As the depths of winter begin to gradually fade, there is a lot to be discovered in Upton’s woods with the family this February.

As part of the journey of reconnecting kids with nature,  this half term promotes the campaign “Getting Outdoors and Closer to Nature”. Our natural play is being developed and revamped, encouraging kids to go outdoors, get mucky and discover nature’s offer.

Natural Playtime

The gardeners and a wonderful team of volunteers have been working hard on restoring and developing the natural play here at Upton. Natural play allows children to respond to their own personalities and interests. It is not about traditional play grounds, but taking a rounded approach and offering younger visitors a really exciting and enjoyable playtime.

The garden team taking a break from woodland work

The garden team taking a break from woodland work

Explore Kitty’s Walk and discover the “Secret Life of Trees”. February’s nature trail is designed to encourage children to get creative, interact with nature and explore the natural environment. There are rabbit runs and badger setts to explore, as well as deer jumps and frog leaps to be had, whilst discovering uniquely designed tree faces – can you tell what the tree is feeling? All the signs are there. Maybe you will find your own hidden in a trees bark.

Leap like Holly Deer

Leap like Holly Deer

50 things – Wild time

Half term is the perfect time for signing up for completing some of those 50 things activities – how about number 18, create some wild art? Whilst searching for those tree faces, encourage kids to design winter homes from the natural materials they find on the ground, build twig towers or explore one of our dens! As well as encouraging their creative side, take a closer look at nature by exploring inside a tree, or have fun finding creepy crawlies. Wildlife can be found in the most unlikely places.

All kids have a wild side. So this February, get outdoors and back to nature.

The trail will run everyday of half term (we are closed on Thursdays) and costs £2 (inlcudes prize). With high winds over the last few days, please ring the property on 01295 670266 to find out if the trail in running.