Wildlife investigations, pond dipping and a quiz trail are just some of the activities on offer to children during May half-term at Lydiard Park.
The Swindon Borough Council-owned park is hosting a number of workshops and activities between Saturday, 28 May and Sunday, 5 June to keep all the family entertained.
Pond dipping sessions will run from Wednesday, 1 June to Friday, 3 June between 11am and 12 noon and 1.30pm and 2.30pm, and are an ideal opportunity for children to find larvae, snails, pond skaters, beetles and frogs under the surface of Lydiard’s lake and ponds.
The cost of the pond dipping is £3 per child and booking is required as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Children who are interested in crafts can take part in an activity to create an animal sculpture using wood and other materials on Tuesday, 31 May between 2pm and 4pm. The session costs £3 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Inside Lydiard House, children can follow a new quiz trail to hunt out the hidden details in the paintings. The quiz trail is included as part of the admission cost to the house and will be a fun way to entertain young “detectives” as they tour round the State Rooms.
On the final weekend of half term, Lydiard Park is working with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust on a series of mass participation events to record the park’s wildlife. The events are part of a Bioblitz in the park, with the aim of the event being to record as many species as possible over a 24-hour period.
On the evening of Saturday, 4 June at 9pm, visitors to the park can join a moth trapping event and at 9.30pm a bat walk is taking place. Both events are free, but booking is required.
And on the afternoon of Saturday, 5 June, Bioblitz activities will again be on offer with free pond dipping taster sessions, butterfly and small mammal walks and other activities designed to seek out, identify and record the species found in the park.
Cllr Nick Martin, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetsmart & Parks, said: “These fun, hands-on activities are part of a programme of events at Lydiard Park for all the family to enjoy. Practical sessions like pond dipping are always popular and offer children the chance to discover more about the wildlife around them.
“The Bioblitz events are also a fun way of involving the whole community in a really important exercise in recording the species in the park and children will enjoy the chance to find the hidden wildlife in the park on Sunday 5 June.”
Lydiard House & Walled Garden is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 11am to 5pm and is also open on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May. Admission charges apply.
The grounds of Lydiard Park are open every day until dusk – parking and entry is free. More information on events at Lydiard Park can be found on the website www.lydiardpark.org.uk – to book a place on a event, please call 01793 770401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org