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February half term activities at Elmley

We are excited to welcome acclaimed children’s author Penny Chrimes, who will be speaking about her new book Wilder at Elmley during February half term.

Penny will be reading extracts from her latest book and chatting to our nature guide Abbie about the birds of prey that can be spotted at Elmley, and there will also be the chance to make bird fat balls to hang up in nearby trees.

Kent-based Penny is a regular visitor to Elmley and wrote some of her latest book whilst staying on the Reserve. Her wonderful books are inspired by walking and experiencing both the natural world and the human history all around us.

Penny said, “I first discovered Elmley when I wanted to find somewhere quiet to write my first book Tiger Heart. What I didn’t expect was how Elmley would get under my skin and take hold of my imagination – the open skies, the cries and calls of the birds, the wind on water.


“And that was how I found myself writing the opening words of Wilder. It’s a book about fighting for the wild places, the special places – as Gareth and Georgina have done at Elmley.”

Wilder is a beautiful and enthralling adventure about love, belonging and the delicate balance of nature and the wildness within us all. It is aimed at readers aged 8+

The event will start at 11am on Saturday 18 February, and last approximately an hour. Tickets are priced at £5 per child (0ver 5s), and signed copies of Wilder (£7.99 rrp, published by Hachette Children’s) will be available to buy.


The Reserve and Elmley’s Cowshed Café will be open daily during the February half term break.

Elmley’s in-house guides Abbie and Fiona will be hosting their popular children’s activities throughout the week, and taking families out onto the Reserve to look for owls, and even boxing hares and sky-dancing marsh harriers, followed by bird fat ball making to hang up in Elmley’s woodland walk. The team will provide all the equipment and materials required, therefore all you will need are some comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing and creativity!

The events are taking place 11-12 noon, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19 February. Tickets are £5 per child, with up to 8 spaces available for each session.

Please note: all children must be accompanied by an adult, who needs to purchase an entrance ticket for the Reserve if they are not overnight guests. Reserve tickets are £6 per adult which includes entry for two children.

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