'Escape to the Cotswolds' for half term and Halloween fun

Families across the Cotswolds are invited to join the Cotswolds Conservation Board for a free fun activity day at ‘Escape to the Cotswolds’, the discovery centre for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Northleach.

Taking place on Friday, 29 October, there will be a range of activities on offer for all ages, including:

  • Opportunities to see witches’ broomsticks and other implements being made the traditional way using a pole lathe.
  • ‘From Prison to Workhouse’ – an historical town walk around Northleach for families, led by voluntary warden John Heathcott, starting at 11am.
  • Demonstrations of the rural craft of dry-stone walling.
  • A countryside-themed treasure hunt for children.

A range of Halloween cakes and other sweet treats will also be on offer at the adjacent Blades Café.

As well as the above activities, visitors to the centre can also find out more on the geology, history, landscape and wildlife of the Cotswolds AONB, while younger visitors will be able to learn about the history of the Cotswolds landscape through the interactive video game entitled ‘Quantum Sheep and the Wonderful Wolds’.

The discovery centre is housed in the Old Prison, which has enabled some of the original prison cells to be re-opened to the public.

It will be open from 10am until 4pm. Admission is free.

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Notes to editors:

  • ‘Escape to the Cotswolds’ is open from 10am to 4pm, Wednesdays to Sundays (including Bank Holidays), until 31 October. It will re-open on 1 April 2011.
  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
  • The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
  • With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 46 AONBs in the UK. For further details: www.aonb.org.uk