Join us from 12 pm on Saturday 16th June at Coombes Valley to celebrate hay meadows and how they are benefiting the wildlife of the Churnet Valley. With activities ranging from family
crafts to guided walks there will be something for everyone to join in and have fun. Learn lots about our fantastic diversity of plants with the help of our expert ecologist during one of our guided walks. Starting at 12:30 pm, 2pm and 3:30 pm, this is an amazing opportunity to discover all of the amazing species of flowers that Coombes has to offer, including our outstanding Greater Butterfly Orchids. Relax by the Yurt with an ice cream whilst enjoying live music from The Idioms, a fantastic local folk band. We will also be serving traditional Staffordshire oatcakes on the day. Scything demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day as an example of traditional hay meadow management.
Join us in the craft barn for fun family activities, such as making bug bungalows, butterfly and bird feeders, seed bombs and more, and then pop over to the pond for a spot of pond dipping and get up close to some amazing meadow mini beasts. Then let your senses take over on our interactive sensory trail.
There’s plenty to see and do on the day, not forgetting our beautiful woodlands, perfect for a peaceful walk, spotting wildlife or enjoying the play trail and canopy walkway.
This event is taking place thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) helping us to acquire our new meadows in the Churnet Valley, Bellpit meadows. Although we won’t be visiting Bellpit on the day, Hay Day will celebrate the importance of these meadows and other hay meadows to the Churnet Valley.
12 noon – 4pm, £5 per adult, £2.50 per child and 20% off for members (parking included in price).