A free activity day in the Manifold Valley should provide a fun-filled day out in the Peak District National Park for families looking for something different to do in the school holidays.

“Step into the Peak District” takes place on Friday August 10, 11am-3pm at the Manifold Valley Visitor Centre, Hulme End, in Staffordshire.

The fun day, run by Peak District National Park rangers, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, includes:

·         Wildflower walks

·         Dry stone walling

·         Making a bird box or bird feeder

·         Nature trail

·         Bug hunting

·         Wildflower printing and dragonfly making

·         Free guided walks looking at the history and wildlife of the Manifold valley (at 11.30am and 1.30pm)

Andy Farmer, of the Peak District National Park ranger service, said: “This is a great opportunity for families to get out into the countryside with experts on hand to introduce children to the fascinating world of nature.

“It’s one of many activities provided by the Stepping Stones to Nature project, which encourages people from Stoke and North Staffordshire, particularly those who may not have been to the national park before, to get involved with all it has to offer.”

Other Stepping Stones to Nature activities include voluntary conservation work, free workshops, free education visits, events and displays.

Hulme End Visitor Centre is about 10 miles north of Ashbourne, between Hartington and Warslow on the B5054, postcode ST17 0EX, grid reference SK102593.

·         Stepping Stones to Nature is run by a partnership which includes Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the Peak District National Park Authority, RSPB and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. The project is funded by Natural England’s Access to Nature scheme, from money provided by the Big Lottery Changing Places programme.


Media inquiries: Barbara Crossley, communications officer, Peak District National Park Authority, 01629 816389 or

Natural England Regional Communications Officer – Dean Gallen 0300 0603946

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888


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