The Courtyard teams up with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust for a summer of events at Queenswood Country Park
This summer, The Courtyard are bringing a teddy bear’s picnic-theme to Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum for a series of trails and events for children of all ages.
The Courtyard’s summer show, Down to the Woods, is produced by their Senior Youth Theatre and will run in Hereford from 19th to 22nd July. The show is an immersive experience created especially for 2 to 7-year olds but can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The theme then comes to Queenswood Country Park, starting with The Porridge Trail, perfect for ages 2 to 7 and running every day from the 8th to the 23rd July. Families can follow the trail to find six audio points to hear the bears from The Courtyard’s Down To The Woods. The bears will give out the clues you need to find your way around the woods. All participants receive a reward sticker at the end of the trail and are entered into a competition to win a family ticket to this year’s children’s Christmas show at The Courtyard.
Queenswood’s Summer Story Trail starts on 24th July and runs through the summer holidays, for children aged from 4 years. Join us on a journey into a world of imagination and creativity and help the woodland animals fill in the missing parts of the story!
Queenswood’s big summer event, Bears, Beasts and Tales is being held on National Play Day, 2nd August. There will be activities for children of all ages running throughout the woodland including: live performances by the Senior Youth Theatre group from The Courtyard; magical story tellers; flag and wand making with Hereford Community Arts; Wild Play activities; hunt the bear in our woodland play park and a journey into a world of imagination on our Summer Story Trail.
Ellen Dorsett, Participation Manager from The Courtyard said: “The Courtyard love teaming up with Queenswood, and with our ‘Down to The Woods’ production it was the perfect fit. The Youth Theatre are thrilled to be performing on location, giving them the opportunity to develop valuable skills in site specific performance and Promenade Theatre. The programme of events at Queenswood over the Summer looks great and we are really excited to be a part of it.”
Max Smith, manager at Queenswood said: “We love to inspire people to get outside and enjoy the woodland and collaborating with the Courtyard gives us a whole new way of doing that. We hope that trails and events running over the summer inspire a new generation to fall in love with the woodland. Queenswood is always popular with families but it is great to be able to offer people different, creative activities to experience too.”
The Arboretum and Country Park lies between Leominster and Hereford and offers woodland walks for all abilities as well as a Gruffalo Trail, audio trail, woodland playground, visitor centre and shop and café. Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum is open from dawn to dusk with facilities open from 10am to 3.30pm.
See www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org for details of all events, trails and visitor information.