First Swindon appearance for free family event Country Comes to Town

By Barrie Hudson - 25 March 2024


Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has announced that its free Country Comes to Town family-friendly event will take place in Swindon in May.

On Saturday 18 May between 10am and 4pm, Lydiard Park will be a hive of activity as Wiltshire Wildlife Trust hosts its annual family-friendly event all about nature and living sustainably.
It is guaranteed to be an educational fun day out for all the family, where visitors can enjoy a host of interactive wildlife experiences and activities. It will showcase the vital work that Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is doing to achieve landscape-scale nature recovery by restoring diverse habitats in Swindon and across Wiltshire, from chalk downlands to woodlands. 

Families can learn how the trust and its partners are protecting threatened animal and plant species that call Wiltshire home. Experts will also be on hand to give inspiration and offer advice on wildlife-friendly gardening and sustainable living.
Activities for the day will include the popular birds of prey display ‘Walk with Hawks’; the opportunity to meet some of the trust’s sheep that help improve their reserves for nature through grazing (sponsored by Ewe Move); craft activities such as making flower crowns; animal face painting; a children’s swap shop; Morris dance performances and more. 
There will even be a smoothie bike, so visitors can make their own smoothies whilst keeping fit and using pedal power as sustainable energy.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust will be joined by experts from organisations the trust works closely with, such as Butterfly Conservation and Wiltshire Ornithological Society. 
There will also be a chance to have a taste of country life, with Lydiard Turkeys bringing their one-stop farm shop for local, sustainable food and their tractor.
Kirstine Bowen, Marketing and Communications Manager for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Country Comes to Town is an enjoyable, free day out for all the family, and we are thrilled to bring this event to Swindon for the very first time. 
"Please do come along for what promises to be an educational and fun experience, whether you are coming from Swindon or further afield. We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages and showing how we can make wild connections through some fun nature-based activities.”

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