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Nature Reserve takes us back in time

Fri 28 Feb 2014

Nature Reserve takes us back in time

Those on the Isle of Wight during April should consider finding out how the dwellings of the ancient times were created, with Newtown National Nature Reserve offering a special 'Clay Day' that provides just such an opportunity.

The National Trust venue demonstrates to both adults and children alike on a fascinating walk that takes participants to the old quay where the first bricks would be formed, to the Old Town Hall where they were moulded and then finally the kids are given a little gift to take home.

But more than that - the Clay Day is an opportunity for everyone to get messy in trying to forge their own bricks out of the sticky substance. And let's face it - there's nothing more fun than an experience that actually encourages the kids to get dirty, is there?

There will be a host of other activities on offer at the reserve, particularly if the family is into wildlife. Visit the local flock of Hebridean sheep, which are known for eating the brambles and the weeds in their grassy fields, leaving the delicate wildflowers for botany fans to enjoy.

The reserve is also alive with butterflies - see if you can identify the Silver Washed Fritillary, which is distinguishable by its tiger-like pattern of deep orange with black spots and stripes.

Back in Time at Newtown: Clay Day takes place from April 8th to the 10th and it starts at 2pm, running until 4pm. It's aimed primarily at children between five and 12 years of age.

The designated meeting place is the NT car park just outside the reserve itself, which is easy enough to find from the middle of nearby Newtown.

This is an area with a very busy medieval history and you never know what you might dig up with the kids in the clay.

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