Brockholes Nature Reserve

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    Zoos, Wildlife and Countryside

Contact Details:
Tim Burrows 01772 872000
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Preston New Road Preston

Brockholes is owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside and has hosted over 500,000 visitors since we opened in April 2011. Based on the site of an old q...

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Big Adventures in a Miniature World and Environmental Art
These activities introduce children to the exciting environment of the nature reserve, stimulating their creativity and awareness of the natural world. The first brings them closer to the natural world, seeing creatures they may never have noticed before, whilst the second encourages them to express themselves in relation to the natural world. Both aim to generate questions and develop problems solving skills. All activities are designed to stimulate the children’s interest in and understanding of wildlife and the natural world, which could potentially lead to further learning / engagement with activity at the reserve or similar places.
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Age Range: 5 - 14
Normal Number of CU Learning Hours: minutes
General Visit (1 credit per visit)
With over 250 acres to explore that plays host to a variety of different wildlife throughout the year you’re guaranteed to find something new here every time! Brockholes is one of the best sites in the UK for many species of bird and the Boilton Wood section of the reserve has one of the largest strips of ancient woodland in the county. We have several walking trails, while you can also take a stroll by the River Ribble or enjoy the many lakes on site, which have all been specially designed to attract all kinds of wildlife for you to see. We also have a fantastic natural adventure Play area too that will thrill children of all ages, with highlights including a climbing forest and a zip wire, while the Guild Wheel cycle way runs through the centre of the reserve too. Activities include interactive worksheets within the visitor centre, Seasonal Trails (small charge),Explorer Challenge (additional charge), Craft workshops and Walking Trails. Summer 2016 (25 March – 6 November 2016) 10am-5pm, 7 days a week. Winter 2016-17 (7 November 2016 – 3 April 2017) 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday. The Visitor Village is closed on Mondays during this period (except 26 Dec, 2 Jan & 13 Feb). We are also closed on 24 & 25 Dec 2016. The gates to the reserve are open at the following times: Summer 2016 (25 March – 6 November 2016) 6am-9pm, 7 days a week. Winter 2016-17 (7 November 2016 – 3 April 2017) 6am-7pm, 7 days a week. ** Car parking charge: Season Trail – small charge currently 50p; Explorer Challenge – currently £3 per pack
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Age Range: 4 - 18
Normal Number of CU Learning Hours: minutes
Wildside School Holiday Club (2credits per day)
Are your little explorers ready for a natural adventure during the next school holiday? If so, Wildside is the perfect place to keep them entertained this summer. Wildside is our school holiday club aimed at those youngsters aged 8-14 who are looking for an adventure filled time. Wildside is an outdoor school holiday club run under the guidance and supervision of our experienced education team and all activities are all based around natural play. Past sessions have included activities such as fire lighting, den building, boat making, camp fire cooking, woodland games and environmental art. Please ensure your children come dressed for the weather and bring a packed lunch. £17.50. 9.30am-4pm and pre-booking is required.
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Age Range: 8 - 14
Normal Number of CU Learning Hours: minutes