06 April 2017
Partners at Kielder Water & Forest Park are encouraging everybody to get their family and friends together and discover their wild side this May.
At the ‘Wild at Kielder’ weekend, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May, individuals really will be able to experience the wilder side of life.
With a weekend full of wildlife themed activities happening all over Kielder Water & Forest Park, ranging from half and full day wild food foraging, dark sky and star exploration at Kielder Observatory, wildlife cruises, fieldwork and ecology to workshops on surviving in the wild, wild flower arranging and alpaca walking, there really is something to keep all ages enthralled and involved in nature for the rest of their lives.
There is a charge for a number of activities, although some activities are FREE including Gruffalo spotting, the Kielder Castle Craft Fair, bird and red squirrel watching across Kielder, not to mention the incredibly popular Osprey Watch.
The festival is being coordinated by Northumberland Wildlife Trust and is part of the Living Wild at Kielder project.
Katy Cook, Living Wild Project Coordinator at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “Kielder is a wonderful part of the world, so it goes without saying we are very excited to have this opportunity to share the wonders of the area including the wildlife that can be found there - from majestic ospreys to rare red squirrels, there’s something for everybody to excite people of all ages.”
For details of activities, times and prices visit: http://www.nwt.org.uk/wildatkielder or the Wild at Kielder Facebook event page.
Visitors on Sunday 14 May can also enjoy the annual Kielder Vintage and Classic Car Rally at Kielder Castle.
Living Wild at Kielder has all been made possible by National Lottery players and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It is delivered by Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency, with support from Newcastle University and Northumberland National Park Authority.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT)
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is the largest environmental charity in the region working to safeguard native wildlife. One of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK, Northumberland Wildlife Trust has campaigned for nature conservation for over 45 years. It aims to inform, educate and involve people of all ages and backgrounds in protecting their environment in favour of wildlife and conservation.
Supported by over 12,000 individual and 40 corporate members in the region, Northumberland Wildlife Trust manages and protects critical species and habitats at over 60 nature reserves throughout Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.
Kielder Water and Forest Park (KWFP)
KWFP, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was awarded the number one tourism experience in England by Visit England 2013, and the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Together with Northumberland National Park, it was granted gold tier Dark Sky Park status in December 2013. For more information see www.visitkielder.com.
Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place. It aims to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability, provide public recreation and leisure facilities, and facilitate education in all aspects of the natural environment and advance art and architecture in the Park. The Trust works with the range of communities to benefit from these activities.
Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland National Park Authority and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.
Fiona Dryden, Communications Officer
Tel: (0191) 284 6884