Having fun in the woods

Words and photos by Dave Barry 

Dozens of children and grown-ups enjoyed a family fun day in Raincliffe woods during the school holiday.

A slack line was tied between two tree trunks, with an extra rope a couple of feet above, for children to hold on to.

Activities included bushcraft, games, guided walks, mask-making, whittling branches to make wooden instruments, leaf art, bug hunts, making fires and toasting bread and marshmallows.

“It was all about teaching new skills and had an environmental theme so we went litter picking”, said Louise Bairstow, who helped run the event.

It was organised by Hidden Horizons in partnership with Raincliffe Enterprises.

The next activity for children in the woods is a bear hunt walk which will involved making woodland homes for teddies.

It is on Saturday 2 September, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Anyone who would like to take part should meet at Raincliffe Gate carpark at 10.30am.

Website: www.raincliffewoods.co.uk