Go wild this Easter

Thursday 29th March 2018

Blackbird eggs in a nestThree blackbird eggs in a nest of grass

An Exeter-based charity promises one of the wildest events this Easter holidays.

Devon Wildlife Trust will be opening its wildlife garden and historic mill for a special Easter event. Any Easter event would not be complete without an Easter egg hunt, so the charity will be running a wildlife egg ID trail around the garden and upon completion children will win a chocolate surprise!

The event is being held at Cricklepit Mill, on Friday 13 April, 10am - 2pm. Serving as Devon Wildlife Trust’s headquarters, Cricklepit Mill is recognised as an important part of the city’s heritage, with over 800 years of milling history and Exeter’s only functioning watermill.

A historic mill in action

Visitors will be given the opportunity to see the historic mill in action, as volunteer millers start the waterwheel turning and grind grain into flour.

Milling will run throughout the morning from 10am - 12noon with volunteer millers on hand to answer any questions and help people discover the fascinating process of flour production. 

Exeter once had many mills in the city that fuelled the economy, but Cricklepit Mill is the only watermill that survived and still mills today, making it an integral part of the city’s industrial heritage.

Explore the Cricklepit wildlife garden 

Families can go wild in the garden with spring themed natural arts and crafts. Visitors can also discover what hides in the grass with bug hunting throughout the day. The Cricklepit garden has been designed for wildlife with grasshoppers, colourful moths and flower beetles all making their homes here.

Devon Wildlife Trust’s Rosie Govier said: “We are really looking forward to opening our gates for this special Easter themed event. We’re running an Easter egg hunt with the aim of children learning about birds and their nesting habits – but of course, a chocolate egg will be the prize for completing the trail!

“This is a drop-in event so visitors can come anytime from 10am – 2pm; bring a picnic and make a day of it or pop in on your way to the Quay.”

A suggested donation of £3 is required for children wanting to take part in the Easter trail and craft activities, but milling is free.

To find out more about Cricklepit Mill or Devon Wildlife Trust visit www.devonwildlifetrust.org. Cricklepit Mill’s gardens are open 9am – 5pm weekdays throughout the year and regular free milling days are normally held on the second Friday of every month, check our website to see if an event is being run www.devonwildlifetrust.org/whats-on