Free family fun this half term in Nottinghamshire

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Crisp leaves, conkers and squirrels all make the perfect autumn day but head on down to the Idle Valley this half term to get closer to nature.

On Sunday October 25 Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will host a family friendly Autumn Festival to celebrate local wildlife and the best of the season.

Between 10am and 4pm the free event will feature a range of activities and demonstrations including bushcraft sessions and guided walks as well as have-a-go craft sessions. Species that will be featured include owls, hedgehogs, bats and birds.

There will also be an outdoor photographic exhibition, log splitting demonstrations and a conker tournament.

Families are also being encouraged to participate in a fundraising walks called the ‘Waddle for Wildlife’ and children will have the opportunity to make their very own ‘Harry Potter’ style besom broom or a mini hedgehog.

Groups attending the event will include North Notts Ringing Group, Nottinghamshire Bat Group, Lound Bird Club, Hedgehog Care, Retwords (Retford Creative Writing group), Retford Artists Society and Retford Photographic Society.

Speaking on behalf of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, event organiser Trish Evans said: “We are really excited about this year’s Autumn Festival. We’ve had tremendous support from local wildlife groups and other Retford based groups and we hope the event will be a real celebration of local wildlife and the changing of seasons.”

The Café will be serving a range of seasonal treats throughout the day including home-made toffee apples produced using apples from a local orchard, and spiced pumpkin soup.

The Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre is owned by North Notts College. Nottinghamshire Wildlife operates a café and visitor reception for the nature reserve from the centre as well as renting office space in the Centre for its North Notts operations. The centre acts as a gateway Idle Valley Nature Reserve and the wider landscape of the valley.

For more information about the Autumn Festival and other events at the Idle Valley visit