Families are invited to enjoy an early taste of what will be on offer when Dartington’s Deer Park attraction opens to the public later this year.
A half-term Winter Warmer event (15 February) is to welcome families, groups and individuals to make and decorate their own winter lantern, make charcoal in the woods, sketch winter trees and keep warm with a treasure hunt. Visitors will also be able to view repair works to sections of the 18th century Deer Park Wall which has been underway since February 2016.
Lizzie Mee, Heritage Revealed learning and participation coordinator, says: ‘The Winter Warmer event is our first family event in the Deer Park. We are still developing the Deer Park, so not all the new trails and activities are yet available, but this will be an exciting opportunity to see how we’re progressing. It will start to get people to think about the woodland as a place of food, fuel and warmth, just as it would have been in medieval times. We hope people come and enjoy the day!’
Property director Jo Talling says: ‘The Heritage Revealed Project is a very important development for Dartington. It will secure the long-term future of one of our most important historic structures, and will open up more areas of our estate to more people through the new learning programme, accessible trails and volunteer opportunities. We are very grateful to the project’s funders and to everyone who has so generously supported the project so far.’
Look out for more family activity days – such as a Medieval Celebration and a Deer Park Explore day – after the launch of the Deer Park attraction on 1 June.
These family days are part of a full learning programme for the duration of the project that includes bookable school workshops and projects, heritage and conservation training for volunteers and work experience for LandWorks trainees.
No booking is required for the Winter Warmer. Participants should bring a jam jar to make a lantern out of recycled materials. All Winter Warmer activities will take place outdoors in woodland. While some shelter is available, participants should wear warm clothing and appropriate footwear.
(from a press release)