Date for the Diary: This year’s final BIG Adventure


enpaFree event, amazing location, great games and activities – it must be this year’s Big Autumn Adventure on Wednesday 28 October from 10am-4pm at Webbers Post, near Wheddon Cross in Exmoor National Park.

National Park Ranger Adam Vasey says: ““It’s the last Big Adventure of the year and, with the help of The National Trust, it’s going to be a good one. Get your wellies on, have a go at orienteering, help us make a giant den or keep warm by the campfire and toast some marshmallows. 

“There will be lots to do with the usual range of fun family-friendly games and activities, so come and join us – we look forward to seeing you there!” 

This is the sixth Big Adventure event this year and hundreds of people have enjoyed the free family days out courtesy of Exmoor National Park Authority, The National Trust, Heart of Exmoor and a variety of other organisations and volunteers.

There is car parking and toilet facilities on site – for more information please contact the National Park Centre at Dulverton, phone 01398 323841.


Media Release: Free family event to start off the summer holidays

ENPAAnother great BIG Adventure Day is planned for Wednesday 24 July, the beginning of the summer holidays thanks to Exmoor National Park Authority and the Heart of Exmoor scheme. This free family event will take place at Haddon Hill, near Wimbleball Lake on the B3190 (there will be signs up on the day) from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a fantastic mix of games and activities suitable for all ages including a chance to learn bush craft skills, have a go at crafting a dormouse box, join in the fabulous Wild Wellies Story Walk, meet Tom the Exmoor Pony and learn more about this ancient breed.

National Park ranger Adam Vasey says: “The Big Adventure Days have been a great success this year with hundreds of people coming along to enjoy fun activities on Exmoor. Once again, there will be plenty of things to see and do including an opportunity to join in the dry stone wall challenge with local expert Russ Liversidge and of course go on the famous Exmoor Beast Hunt.”

There is car parking and toilet facilities on site – for more information please contact the National Park Centre at Dulverton, phone 01398 323841.

A limited number of Tramper all-terrain mobility buggies will be available for hire at this event for free. For more details contact Countryside Mobility on07841 204397 and 01392 459222, or visit

Media Release: Adventurous families wanted for Exmoor Discovery Week

Exmoor Discovery Week is four days of environmental adventures, conservation challenges and moorland expeditions. The course is organised and led by local nature experts from the Field Studies Council at Nettlecombe Court, the Heart of Exmoor project and Exmoor National Park.

Families will take part in a series of adventures, including exploring ancient trees, barefoot bog walking, bracken bashing and butterfly surveys. Activities are designed around achieving the John Muir Discovery Award, an environmental award focusing on discovering, exploring and conserving wild places.

Lucy Hellier from Nettlecombe Court says: “Exmoor Discovery Week is always a great few days and an absolute bargain at £25 per family, thanks to support from the Heart of Exmoor project. If your family loves getting muddy and enjoying the great outdoors then this week is definitely for you”.

Exmoor Discovery Week runs from Monday 12th to Thursday 15th August at various locations around Exmoor. It is suitable for children 7 and over, who must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to book please contact Lucy Hellier on 01984 640320 or email Only 25 places are available, so anyone interested should book now to avoid disappointment.

Press Release: Summer Fun in Exmoor National Park


Summer is here at last and there’s plenty to enjoy out and about on Exmoor in the next couple of weeks, including:


A Wild Night Out in Simonsbath – 12th June 2013 8:30pm-10:00pm

Everyone is welcome for a Wild Night Out in Simonsbath. Join the Heart of Exmoor team as we venture out on the lookout bats, stars and moths. Hear the bats with our detectors and see them in flight. Please bring a torch, warm clothing and stout footwear. ‘Bat Burger and a Pint’ and other food deals available pre event at the Exmoor Forest Inn, and lots of lovely local accommodation.  Children must be accompanied by adults. Food, toilets and parking are available locally.

Meet at Exmoor Forest Inn. TA24 7SH, on the B3223.   Ring 07875 565823 to enquire about accessibility. For more information visit:

Location: Exmoor Forest Inn, Simonsbath, Somerset. TA24 7SH

Booking not essential for this free event, but would be helpful. Contact: 01398 323841 / 07875 565823

Twilight on Dunkery: Tuesday 11 June, 4.30pm.  Everyone is welcome, including four legged friends,  for a gentle Dunkery potter discovering more about the Moorland Classroom resources covering the site. David Rolls, Education and Outreach Officer for the Heart of Exmoor scheme says: “We have now had over 4000 young people accessing the Moorland Classroom. All the resources are free and there is travel bursary to support schools and community groups. Just Google Moorland Classroom! All are welcome at this event, but we would especially be pleased to see teachers and educators. Please book for free event by ringing Tel: 01398 322164. Mobile: 07875 565823.

Everyone is Going Wild on Grabbist!  Saturday 15 June from 10am to 4pm

Go Wild on Grabbist 2013. This free, action packed fun day for all ages is based at the Dunster National Park Centre and on Grabbist Hill, Minehead.

This year will feature ‘Iron Age Re – enactors from the  ‘Dumnomika’ tribe, Exmoor ponies, story tellers, face painters and  bush craft, with lots more all weather options.

David Rolls, Education and Outreach Officer for the Heart of Exmoor scheme says:  “Grabbist is an amazing place. Everything is free and can even help with transport costs for community groups to attend. This is also the best time of year for spotting the extremely rare heath fritillary butterfly. Please wear outdoor clothing for this event”

“There is also Go Wild Bunting competition this year.  We are asking people to produce a producing a piece of paper bunting with a drawing on it following the theme of ‘Butterflies and Bugs’. Anyone who brings along their bunting to the event will also receive a small prize, with additional prizes for the winners”.

Admission is free, with toilets and refreshments available in Dunster.  Free welcome activities and guided eco walks to Grabbist departing from Dunster National Park Centre, TA24 6SE, throughout the day. Please ring 01643 821835 / 07875 565823 to enquire more about this event. More information at

For more information about events on Exmoor throughout the year visit:


Ice cream anybody?

101 LivingTheCream Treborough


This photo shows Somerset based Lovington Ice Cream at Treborough Woodlands – you can follow them on Twitter @LivnTheCream.

Treborough Woodland combines opportunities to get involved in sustainable woodland management with a unique camping holiday venue. The 56 acre site in the Brendon Hills includes two disused slate quarries, areas of deciduous and evergreen woodland, a waterfall & spring and views over the Bristol channel to Wales. There is variety of wildlife and flora including several protected species.

You can experience Treborough Woodland at their open day on 16 June 2013.