Discover ‘Fantastic Beasts and how to care for them’

Delve into the magical side of Devon’s wildlife at a unique charity family fun day - ‘Fantastic Beasts and how to care for them’.
Making bird feeders at at Devon Wildlife Trust event

Another wizarding event 

After a successful ‘Harry Otter’ event last year, this half-term local nature charity Devon Wildlife Trust, are inviting wizarding families to take part in another magical Halloween event, discovering the fantastic beasts from both the mythical and real life world.

Families are encouraged to dress in their favourite witchy and beastly costumes whilst taking part in a number of nature-themed activities, from magical and wild crafts to making something to help the wildlife in your own garden.

Children will be able to create their own beastly companion and have a chance of winning a sweet treat if they complete the mythical beasts trail. Like last year, there is also another chance to make your own wand.

Magical wands made at a Devon Wildlife Trust event

Event takes place 23 October 

The event takes place on Tuesday 23rd October at Cricklepit Mill, opening at 10.30am and finishing at 15:30pm. The charity is asking for a £5 donation per child (payable on entry) – accompanying adults and under-2s go free. There’s no need to book.

Located close to Exeter’s historic quayside, Cricklepit Mill serves as the headquarters to Devon Wildlife Trust and boasts of an impressive wildlife garden, often described as an urban oasis in the heart of the city.

Education Assistant Emily Bacon is running the event which has been kindly supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery. Emily said:

A normal working day involves me engaging children with wildlife, through Forest schools or using the curriculum to learn outside on their school grounds.

By creating this magical themed event during half term means families will be able to immerse themselves in nature together. Last year our Harry Otter day was a great success and as a keen Harry Potter fan, I couldn’t resist another instalment.
Emily Bacon
Education Assistant, Devon Wildlife Trust

“There will be lots to do and see, from craft and wand making, to having the opportunity to learn about some fantastic creatures. Children will also be able to make magical ‘seed bombs’ so that wildflower meadows can be sown in their own back gardens to help a number of creatures flourish next spring.”

The event is being organised by Devon Wildlife Trust as part of its work with children in Exeter supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Cricklepit Mill and its garden can be found at Commercial Road, Exeter, EX2 4AB, close to the Bishop Blaize pub and the city’s quay.

For more information about this event visit the event webpage