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About the Day

A full day of exploring Brogdale and discovering fantastic bugs & mini beasts 

Orchards Full of Bugs!

1 Hour

Hunt for and collect bugs in the orchards and see where they live in the wild! Learn all about these interesting creatures and why they are important to us! You will be led by our performing leader who will help you find the best beasties in the orchards!

Close Encounters with the LIVE BUGS!

1 Hour

Meet an impressive collection of Mega Bugs, including giant cockroaches, millipedes, devil stick insects and epic moths!

Visit the Orchards

Go on a self guided walk and explore the National Fruit Collection orchards with the children. See if you can spot anything interesting on the way.

Get Crafty & Creative!

Visit the Brogdale learning lab and find out more about nature in the orchards. Then get crafty and make your own bug inspired souvenir to take home!

Lunchtime

There will be time in the middle of the day when everyone can eat their picnics together, so bring something tasty to enjoy.

Review

“I would just like to say a huge thank you to all who were involved in organising your bug day on June 1st. I took my 5 year old and 2 year old girls, and they loved it! Despite the weather all involved remained cheery, and kept both children engaged the whole day. Billie was great with the children, and Heidi my 5 year old was amazed by all her facts, especially about slug teeth. She spent a good half hour telling my husband so many insect facts the following morning- she took every bite of information in and is now fascinated with bugs, spending the following day pointing out every snail and spider she sees. She is now nagging for a stick insect rather than a puppy (something a bit more achievable we hope!). My 2 year old even sat still for an hour in the afternoon listening to Tony and she won’t even do that with Peppa Pig!”

“You truly managed to engage and educate my two, and me (usually a squirmer at the sight of bugs!) and enthuse us all into learning more. I have a feeling our family will be out regularly shaking trees and lifting up stones in search of creepy crawlies, and I will certainly be recommending your day to other mums I know!”

“Thanks again for a fabulous day.”

Details

Dates
TBC

Times
Start – 10:00
Finish – 15:00
THE DAY WILL START PROMPTLY SO PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

Tickets
1 Adult & 1 Child: £7.50
Additional adults : £7.50
Additional Child: £1.50

Review

“A huge thank you to everyone involved in the beastie day today – my 5 year old bug lover and 2 year old insectophobic both had a fantastic time getting up close to the bugs and hunting around the grounds. To be able to appeal and adapt to children of all ages (and keenness of bugs) is a gift and I can’t wait to bring my children again.”

“I stumbled across the Beastie day at Brogdale on the Internet. Having been there a number of times I thought it would be something different to do with the kids in half term. The total cost was £15 and was told to bring a packed lunch. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much. We turned up and were split into 2 groups: Spiders and Grasshoppers and that’s when the fun started. Each child was given a bug pot and bag to collect objects in. Kelly was excellent with the kids as we walked through the orchards hunting for bugs. The kids loved it as did the adults! Then there was a talk by Tony and his BIG bugs which the kids could hold. It was great. After lunch was a creative session making bugs. Would recommend this to anyone with kids looking for something a little different. We had a fantastic day!!!!”

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About the Day

Animal Hunt

1 Hour

Discover nature with our Brogdale explorers and get face to face with the amazing custom made bug habitats.

Explore the orchards looking for signs of native animals. hunt for clues and find out what creatures have been out in about. Look for signs of rabbits, hedgehogs, foxes, birds and more.

Meet the Animals

1 Hour

Get up close to a variety of native animals. Meet the creatures including hedgehogs, mice, rabbits, frogs and more. Find out all about their habitats, special features and the ways these animals are adapted for our environment.

Visit the Orchards

Go on a self guided walk and explore the National Fruit Collection orchards with the children. See if you can spot anything interesting on the way.

Get Crafty & Creative!

Visit the Brogdale learning lab and find out more about nature in the orchards. Then get crafty and make your own nature inspired souvenir to take home!

Lunchtime

There will be time in the middle of the day when everyone can eat their picnics together, so bring something tasty to enjoy.

Details

Dates
TBC

Times
Start – 10:00
Finish – 15:00
THE DAY WILL START PROMPTLY SO PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

Tickets
1 Adult & 1 Child: £7.50
Additional adults : £7.50
Additional Child: £1.50

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Have a hoot at Brogdale!

About the evening

Spend a fantastical evening meeting owls at their most active and nosiest time of the day.

Start the evening with a warm drink in Brogdale’s Apple Barn then it’s onto the wonderful owl display. Watch as the owls swoop and fly through the air in the barn in 2 display sessions.

Visitors will then have a chance interact and get up close to the owl, you might even get to hold them to! Plus the chance to ask the expert falconer any questions about the owls.

The Owls

There will be six species of owls on Show ranging from Native Owls to owls from the Brazilian rain forests and more! Visitors are welcome to take photographs throughout, so don’t forget your camera.

There will be a Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Asian Brown Wood Owl, European Eagle Owl, Spectacled Owl & African Eagle Owl

Details

Dates
Further Dates TBC

Times
Start – 17:00
Finish – 19:00

Tickets

Child (ages 6+) £5.00
Adult (18+) £10.00

Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £27