Dozens of youngsters enjoyed an energetic end to their Christmas holidays.
Kings followed stars, children sang by candlelight and a stable was built from willow deep in the heart of the Plantation Wood in Gaywood during the Kings and Camels themed event on Friday.
Around 40 children and adults enjoyed the session, which Nicola Marray-Woods, the Woodland Trust’s community co-ordinator for the area, hopes will encourage more people to visit the wood.
She said: “We do events all through the year and it’s very much aimed at getting families out to enjoy the wood and to make them aware there is a wood there on their doorstep.
“If it is being used it’s not being abused.”
The afternoon was organised by the woodland’s Friends group in conjunction with officials from St Faith’s Church in Gaywood.
The church also helped to fund the event, which was free to attend, alongside the Woodland Trust.
Mrs Marray-Woods said the theme for the event had been inspired by the church, who traditionally work with the group to hold a festive event, because of its connections to the Christmas story and the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus.
She added that it was a good opportunity for children to get out and about during the festive break.
“It was a really good afternoon. Everyone really get involved in it with kids rushing around, getting absolutely filthy in the mud and having a whale of a time. It was a very nice atmosphere.”
The Friends are keen to hear from any new potential volunteers who want to help them organise future activities or with routine maintenance of the site.
The group currently has around five regular volunteers, as well as many who help at events.
However, it now particularly wants to hear from anyone who is willing to help with things like risk assessments, or working to prepare the site ahead of future events.
Anyone interested should phone Mrs Marray-Woods on 07712 567479, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or search for the Friends of Plantation Woods page on Facebook.