Have you ever been asked what reindeer eat to power Santa’s sleigh?
Join us this half-term at The Lodge as we delve into the weird & wonderful world of lichens. We will be finding out the answer to just what powers reindeer, as well as hunting for more weird & wacky lichens across our reserve. The Lodge is host to a huge variety of lichens because of it’s acidic soil, heathland habitat & mature woodland. Join us as we hunt for lichens around the reserve and discover the incredible microscopic world of lichens.
Bring your children along to join in the hunt as our expert guides take you on a tour of the reserve, explaining what lichens look like, where you find them and exactly why they are weird & wacky!
A perfect adventure for children aged 4-11 years. Children under the age of 4 years are free to attend but the activity may not be suitable for them. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Car parking charges still apply for event attendees. Car parking is £6 for Non-members (covering one vehicle & all occupants) for the entire day’s visit to the reserve. Car parking is free for RSPB Members.
Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event? The Weird & Wonderful Lichens event is aimed at 4-11 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times throughout the session. Younger siblings (or children) aged 4 or below are free to join an older child at the event but the activity is not necessarily suitable for pre-schoolers.
Do I need to pay for car parking? Event tickets do not include car parking. Car parking is £6 for Non-members and free for RSPB Members. The car parking fee (£6 per vehicle for Non-members) entitles you to free access to The Lodge reserve for the whole day. Why not make the most of your visit by taking in one of several trails around the reserve? Head to explore The Gardens planted full of wildlife friendly plants and don’t forget to make the most of our children’s play area & den building space!
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event? If travelling by car, use our postcode SG19 2DL to find us. See our website for full bus, train, bike and road options. We have a bus stop at the reserve entrance (connecting to Centrebus bus route 188) and 4 bike racks on site.
What should I bring into the event? We recommend suitable outdoor clothing for the weather conditions as we will be outside throughout the session (waterproofs & wellies or sunhats & sunscreen) depending on the season.
Can I bring my dog to the event? No dogs, except for registered assistance dogs can join in our event within the nature reserve as we will be heading to areas of the site that are not dog friendly to protect our birds & wildlife. However, do visit with your pet another time, as we welcome dogs on our Skylark trail and on the Bridleway transecting the reserve. Our Café is also dog friendly.
Do you cater for special dietary needs? Yes, our Café team can cater for special dietary requirements – please advise them when ordering. Our Café is open from 9.30am – 4.30pm serving freshly cooked food & hot drinks.
Can I stay on the reserve after the session? Yes, The Lodge is open from dawn to dusk, so make the most of your day and take your time to explore The Lodge nature reserve at your leisure after the event. The car park opens at 7.00am, the Shop and Café open at 9.30am.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions? We will be going off trail for this activity. If you have any mobility issues you can contact email@example.com before purchasing any tickets to check whether the event is suitable for your needs. All bookings must be made online.
What's the refund policy? If we cancel an event for any reason, you will receive a full refund. Should you need to cancel, then you receive a full refund up to three days before the event, after which no refund is available. Cancellations must be made using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Please bring proof of your ticket or email confirmation with you. RSPB members should bring their membership cards with them.