IF YOU went into the woods last Thursday, you were sure of a big zip line…
Wild Eskdale took a group of seven to 10 year olds into the woods for a couple of hours, kicking off the holiday club for the October break.
Although drizzling on Wednesday, the group of 10 still tore about the woods, built dens, wove willow and finally turned their attention to making a zip line.
The next day they put their heads together to make a new game Zombies and Doctors, in which the group leaders and children chased one another between the trees.
Towards the end of the session they returned to the zip line idea, recreating it and using their knowledge gained from the previous day to tweak and improve.
“It’s great taking a group into the woods,” said Carys Mainprize, project assistant for Wild Eskdale.
“No matter what, after half an hour, the kids realise they can shape the activities and choose what to do themselves and they come up with the most fantastic ideas, like the zip line.”
To be among the first to hear about Wild Eskdale activities during school breaks, get in touch with Carys to be put on the email list at firstname.lastname@example.org or message her at facebook.com/wildeskdale.
Wild Eskdale is also holding a weekend activity at The Look Out for anyone who would like to get arty or just see what wildlife Langholm has to offer.
Drop in any time from 10am to 2pm this Saturday and Sunday and contribute to the Nature Collage, inspired by the creatures and plants right on Langholm’s doorstep.
Carys added: “A big thank you to our funders for making these activities possible: the Robertson Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund and Holywood Trust. And thank you to OutPost Arts for the use of The Look Out this weekend.”