Give kids the nature bug this summer

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Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is giving kids the chance to take a walk on the wild side during the summer holidays.

The charity is running Wildplay sessions at its Wolseley Centre HQ for eight-13 year olds.

A range of exciting activities is on offer including raft building, den building, games and much more.

Alexis Johnson, education officer at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said:

“The Wolseley Centre and its grounds provide the perfect setting for our fun nature-inspired activities these summer holidays.

“Our Wildplay sessions are a great way of not only keeping kids entertained, but opening their eyes to the natural world.”

Sessions take place on Monday 20th July, Tuesday 21st July, Monday 27th July, Tuesday 28th July, Friday 31st July, Friday 7th August, Monday 10th August, Tuesday 11th August, Friday 14th August, Monday 24th August, Tuesday 25th August, Friday 28th August, Tuesday 1st September and Friday 4th September. All sessions take place between 10am and 3pm and cost £9 per child. Children should wear outdoor clothes and bring a packed lunch.

The Trust is also holding a Wolseley Centre Playday this year, on Wednesday 5th August between 11am and 4pm. Playday is the national day for play in the UK – and this year the Trust is celebrating its nature reserves. Activities include a mobile climbing wall alongside staff from the Roaches, pond dipping sessions and mini-beast hunting, plus lots more. Entry is £4 on the door or £3 if ticket bought in advance.

Family Wildlife Watch sessions are also being held aimed at four to seven year olds at the Wolseley Centre on Wednesday 22nd July (2pm-4pm), Wednesday 29th July (10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm), Wednesday 12th August (2pm-4pm), Wednesday 26th August (2pm-4pm) and Wednesday 2nd September (10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm). Activities include pond dipping, den building, sensory exploration, and more, costing £2.50 per child per session.

Further dates for family and children’s activities can be found on the Trust’s website at www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk. Wildplay and Playday can be booked online atwww.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/whats-on.

The Wolseley Centre is located on the A51 between Stone and Rugeley.