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Pensthorpe nature reserve offfers Alice in Wonderland themed nature trail for kids this half-term





Pensthorpe is planning an assault on the senses this May half-term, with a new nature trail across the reserve designed to stimulate smell, touch, sight and sound.

Taking place from tomorrow until Sunday, June 4 the Wildlife in Wonderland pays homage to the classic children’s novel, Alice in Wonderland.

Guests will be grinning like Cheshire cats as they use their senses to find the March hare, the caterpillar and other wildlife in the reserve’s five gardens, woodland tracks and family attractions, including award-winning indoor play area Hootz House and the Discovery Centre.

Pensthorpe is offering an Alice in Wonderland themed half term for families Picture: Richard Jarmy
Pensthorpe is offering an Alice in Wonderland themed half term for families Picture: Richard Jarmy

The literature theme continues in Wild Rootz, with a second trail designed by bookstore, Bookbugs and Dragon Tales.

Families at Pensthorpe. Picture: Richard Jarmy
Families at Pensthorpe. Picture: Richard Jarmy

A family bookshop supported by actor Russell Crowe and others, the sensory trail for the littlest family members features the shop’s popular dragon character and encourages imagination and helps with reading skills.

Natalie Douglas, head of marketing for Pensthorpe said: “It’s been lots of fun organising the Wildlife in Wonderland sensory trail as there’s lots of different elements and creative ideas that have been written.

“We all learn through our five senses and by combining the creativity of Lewis Carroll’s iconic children’s story and sensory learning, we’ve prepared a trail that’s unique, full of fun and appeals to children’s love of adventure.”

WildRootz at Pensthorpe. Picture: Steve Adams
WildRootz at Pensthorpe. Picture: Steve Adams

The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea is available at the courtyard café where families can enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and jam tarts with plenty of hot and cold drinks too.

Once nature enthusiasts have completed the trails, they can listen to flamingo talks and get involved in pond dipping and free arts and crafts activities

Leanne Fridd, owner of Bookbugs and Dragon Tales said: “It is wonderful to collaborate with other likeminded organisations.”

Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe. Picture: Mike Powles
Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe. Picture: Mike Powles

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