Lines Traced by Angels!

Delight in the fantastic interwoven tracery of Celtic Art at Castle Drogo on Tuesday 24 May.  Judith Richardson-Dawes is running a Celtic Illumination Workshop at Castle Drogo between 11am and 4.30pm.  You will create a unique design inspired by the Book of Kells and create your own greeting using the Celtic Uncial Script illuminating it with raised gold!

No previous experience is needed.  The day includes coffee, a light lunch and afternoon tea.  Expert tuition and specialist materials are provided.  The workshop costs £35 per person and booking is essential on 01647 434144 or 01647 433306 or email

If you can’t make this workshop there are lots of others throughout the year at Castle Drogo.  Take a look at for more information.

Full Bloom Festival – Parke

Sunday 8 May, 11am – 4pm
Join us to celebrate the new apple season in Parke’s charming orchard. There will be lots going on underneath the beautiful apple trees, so why not bring a picnic and make a day of it. Med Theatre will be holding a ‘Trees for Life’ interactive workshop; there will be children’s activities in the orchard – make a pot and plant a pip for your own apple tree, learn about bumble bees and make an insect house, trail …… and the Grimspound Morris dancers will be with us too.

Call 01626 834748 for information (weekdays only)

Easter & Birthday Celebrations at Plymbridge

Over a hundred children descended on Plymbridge Woods to take part in the National Trust’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year the trail was set along the old canal tow-path and the finish was at Carpenter’s Meadow. After the children completed the trail and collected their Cadbury’s chocolate egg, we had lots of activities for them to enjoy.

Easter Bonnet making (pictured) proved very popular; as did the Bumble-bee game, created by Plym Valley’s volunteers.

The event was combined with the Plym Valley Peregrine project’s 10th birthday celebrations. At the peregrine stall, children made bird-feeders using empty milk bottles and we had to bring in an additional bag of bottles to meet the high demand! Plym Valley’s bird expert, John Randall, led some free guided walks and the viaduct received over 500 visitors, all keen for a glimpse of a peregrine through one of the project’s telescopes.

The Herald took an interest in the event, their article can be read here.

Well done to all the volunteers and staff who made the day such a success!

Wild Woods ‘n Willow at Castle Drogo


Castle Drogo on Dartmoor

Join Chagford based Wild Woods ‘n Willow for a day of family bushcraft on Sunday 1 May at Castle Drogo between 10am and 4pm.  (The last session starts at 3.30pm.)

Families can have a go at weaving fish shapes with willow and rush, create fire by making sparks with firesteels onto various tinders and cooking wild foods on an open fire.  Each activity costs £5 per child.  All children need an adult with them.  Ring 01647 433356 for more information.


Wild Woods ‘n Willow are a team of enironmental educators who aim to inspire awe, wonder and respect for nature in young people through practical, sensoryand playful acitivties outdoors.

Castle Drogo is celebrating its 100th birthday


Castle Drogo - the last castle in England

Castle Drogo is celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend with a Country Fayre. Throughout the weekend there will be a display of vintage tractors along the drive, Punch and Judy shows, morris dancing, Dartmoor broom dancing (Sunday only), rural skills with the Dartmoor rangers, stone masonry display, traditional games to try your hand at such as quoits, pick-up sticks, table skittles and marbles, coconut shy and skittles.  There will also be a beer and cider stall and a hog roast.

At 2pm on Saturday the new orchard at Castle Drogo will be officially opened by Julius Drewe’s great-granddaughter. On Sunday at 2pm a specially carved piece of granite originally meant to be used in building Castle Drogo, from Blackenstone Quarry will be unveiled outside the Castle by Julius Drewes great great great grandchildren.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the festivities.


Going wild!

On Sunday the 6th March, we held the first of our “Wild Tribe” activity days at Fingle Bridge. The purpose of these days is to allow families to take part in various activities ranging from Bushcraft, Green woodwork and rural skills, Forest school and countryside management. Around 50 people turned up to our first event which was held at Fingle Bridge near Drewsteignton. Families tried out den building, fire lighting, nature walks, two-person saws, axes, green woodwork and more.

Wild Tribe will take place on the first Sunday of every month right through until October. Activities run from 10am until 3pm, costs are £2 for adults and £4 for children. Places can be booked by calling 01647 433356. Go wild with us!
Wild Tribe Fingle Bridge

Wild Tribe

Wild Tribe is a chance to experience, explore and learn about the countryside its wild life, traditions and pastimes.

On the first Sunday of every month in 2011, starting on the 6th March, there will be a Wild Tribe event on and around the Fingle Bridge meadows.

The vision is to help and guide families and young people who wish to develop their own relationship with the countryside. We can over time provide a wide range of activities all based around the National Trusts estate which will excite, stimulate and educate and be guided by the interests of the Tribe members themselves.

Woodland dayA group may have with a particular interest in say traditional woodland skills, another in natural history, another in wildlife watch, either live or by setting up web cams, families with young children may enjoy forest school, older children may like to set up a mountain bike course. Each group would be a part of the Tribe and could come together to share their experiences on Wild Tribe days. People will be encouaged to move between groups to widen their experience and enjoyment.

Over the first few months we will be setting up a number of activities for you and your family to try we hope then if we get feedback to tailor the events to the needs of the families attending.

There is no compulsion to ‘join’ anything and it will be fine to come to just occasional days, however if you want to make a regular commitment to attending Wild Tribe events then much more can be achieved over time. This will be especially true for children who can grow into areas of interest and develop new skills and experience.
To book places at the Wild Tribe day or to get further information please ring 01647 433356 and ask for Tom or 01626 834748 and ask for Mick. Or email

Scarecrow Day: Parke

Wednesday 23 February – 11am-3.30pm:

Make your own scarecrow – sessions start at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. The winner of each session will win a prize and their scarecrow will work in the walled garden. Child £2.

Booking essential on 01626 834748.
Scarecrows at Parke