A local nature reserve is stepping back in time this summer with new experiments on animal evolution.
Pensthorpe has created the new Beast and Beak Trails so families can learn about mammoths, elephant birds and the transformation of dinosaurs into modern birds.
The first trail will see explorers search for clues across the 700-acre park and uncover fascinating facts about prehistoric animals and insects, including Archeopteryx, the first known bird, and their similarities to the flying dinosaur descendants of today.
In the second trail, visitors can discover where real mammoth tusks have been discovered in Pensthorpe and learn more about these gigantic trunked creatures.
Running from Saturday, July 23 through Monday, September 5, the nature reserve is adding additional activities throughout the summer, including free arts and crafts, dinosaur activity workshops with Dodo and Dinosaur, wildlife and fossil talks, swimming in ponds and mini bestial discoveries.
The youngest can have fun following two courses created by internationally renowned toy manufacturers, Orchard Toys.
The Mammoths Maths Hunt and Creature Hunt take place in the award-winning, eco-friendly outdoor playground, WildRootz, where kids can climb through tunnels and splash around in the creek.
As part of the collaboration, the Wymondham-based organization will provide activity sheets and promotional prizes to visitors to Pensthorpe every day during the summer holidays.
Ali Brown, Marketing Manager at Orchard Toys, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Pensthorpe.
“It has an exciting program of activities for the summer, with so many offers for families and young children.
“It’s great to be able to enhance this experience through our collaboration through the delivery of an Orchard Toys trail throughout the WildRootz area.”
As part of its prehistoric summer program, the park is also home to a 2022 GoGoDiscover mammoth, named Quercus, which was created by local artist Phil Daniels and Sam Vellana and is also a key sponsor of the learner’s program. charity BREAK, which is a free county-wide trail for the summer.
Natalie Douglas, Head of Marketing at Pensthorpe, said: “As I’m sure parents know, the question of where things come from is a common question asked by children, and we want to tap into their minds even more. questioning with our new paths.
“Collaborating with Orchard Toys for the summer is truly exciting as a local company with a global mission respected by parents and professionals around the world, its bespoke trails will combine the best of education and natural play, which which matches the values of Pensthorpe wholeheartedly.
“With more activities than ever before, we are offering families an exceptional day out and with the 50% off ticket prices on a return visit during the summer holidays, visitors have the opportunity to do more another day.”
The Pensthorpe Explorer will race for an off-road adventure in some of the remote areas of the estate that aren’t accessible on foot, and there’s also the park’s shop and cafe which will sell gigantic burgers for you to explore.