Festive fun to be had at wildlife charity’s annual Christmas event

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Children make natural craftNatural craft made at Cricklepit Mill

With Christmas just around the corner, Devon Wildlife Trust is inviting the public to get into the Christmas spirit at the charity’s annual festive event in Exeter.

As well as getting to meet Exeter’s only Father Christmas dressed in green, families can start celebrating the Christmas season while helping Devon Wildlife Trust to secure a brighter future for wildlife.

The event takes place on Sunday 10 December 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.

Devon Wildlife Trust’s Rosie Govier said:

“Every year we see hundreds of children having a fantastic day at Christmas at Cricklepit and hopefully this year will be even better! Families can get creative by making Christmas decorations out of natural materials that we’ve sustainably foraged. 

“We’ll also be setting up a fun Christmas trail around the garden, making nutritious wildlife treats, building bug hotels and kids will get the chance to find out what fascinating creepy crawlies survive throughout winter and how they do it. We’re also pleased to have friends from Dartmoor National Park Authority with us on the day.”

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. 

Meet Exeter's only green Father Christmas

The charity is excited to welcome Father Christmas in his traditional garb of green. Now recognised in bright red and white robes, Father Christmas used to wear a cloak of green and a wreath of holly, ivy or mistletoe until the colour was changed in the 1930s as part of a major drinks company’s marketing campaign. 

Father Christmas said: 

Child meets green Father Christmas“I can’t wait to welcome lots of local families to Cricklepit Mill! Boys and girls will have lots of festive crafts to take home and get their house ready for Christmas. I’ve also heard that the Trust will be making special reindeer food, so I might have a go at making a treat for Rudolph and the rest of the gang!”

With the weather turning colder, Devon Wildlife Trust will be encouraging children to make tasty bird feeders to take home, using seed kindly donated by Vine House Farm.

Mince pies, hot drinks and live seasonal music will be available to keep visitors refreshed and entertained, while the charity’s wildlife Christmas cards and calendars will be on sale.

Some of the activities will be held in gazebos in the gardens, so visitors are advised to wear warm clothing. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

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. 

For more information about this event visit www.devonwildlifetrust.org or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/devonwildlife and Twitter @CricklepitMill