Discover ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Otter’

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Devon Wildlife Trust Harry Otter event Discover the world of Harry Otter

Uncover the magical side of Devon’s wildlife at a unique charity family fun day - ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Otter’.

This half-term local nature charity Devon Wildlife Trust, is inviting families to don their favourite witchy outfits and take part in an unusual Halloween event that combines everyone’s favourite wizarding story and wildlife activities.

The event will feature a host of nature-themed things to do, from magical and wild crafts to learning about fantastic mini-beasts and where to find them. 

Make your own wand! 

Children will be invited to make their own wand, learn how to help toads (every witch’s friend!) and even have the chance to win a sweet treat if they crack the code of the tricky horcrux hunt. 

The event takes place on Thursday 26 October at Cricklepit Mill, opening at 10.30am and finishing at 4pm. The charity is asking for a £5 donation per child (payable on entry) – accompanying adults and under-2s go free. There’s no need to book.

Located close to Exeter’s historic quayside, Cricklepit Mill serves as the headquarters to Devon Wildlife Trust and boasts of an impressive wildlife garden, often described as an urban oasis in the heart of the city.

Emily Bacon is organiser of the event which has been supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery. Emily said:

“A normal working day involves me cycling to schools to take children’s learning out of the classroom, but our Harry Otter event in half-term will bring the children to us at Cricklepit Mill. It’s great to run an event in a different location as it shows that it doesn’t matter where you are – you can always engage with wildlife and nature, even if you’re in the centre of the city!

“As a keen Harry Potter fan, I can’t wait to put on my fancy dress and show children how much fun they can have when they’re learning about wildlife. We’ll be doing all sorts of craft – making batty creations, bird feeders, toad homes, even wands! To top it off we’ve even made our own delicious concoction of butterbeer, which children can purchase on the day.”

Feed the birds

Make a bird feederWith the weather turning colder and winter just around the corner children can also make bird feeders to take home, using seed kindly donated by Vine House Farm, in partnership with the Wildlife Trusts. 

The event is being organised by Devon Wildlife Trust as part of its work with children in Exeter supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Cricklepit Mill and its garden can be found at Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AB, close to the Bishop Blaize pub and the city’s quay.

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