We're Going On A Bear Hunt!
We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one, we're not scared!
The classic picture book, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt' has been a firm favourite in our house for years. If you haven't come across the book before, the story follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog on an adventure in search of bears through varying terrains. Uh-oh! Mud! Thick oozy mud. We can't go over, we can’t go under it, oh no! We've got to go through it...
What a perfect place to start our summer of bear hunts - Robin Hill Country Park. It has been one of our go-to destinations on the Isle of Wight since I was a small person. Set in 88 acres of stunning countryside, it’s jam-packed with hours of adventure whether you while the hours away by taking a relaxing stroll around the park’s stunning grounds or turn the family into African explorers in the African adventure park. Maybe pretend to be one of the Borneo orangutans in the canopy sky walk, Robin Hill has something to offer every member of the family.
But this visit was all about the bear hunt for us and what a hunt it was. We made our way down to Woodland pond where we were given a beautifully illustrated map and clear instructions on how to complete it. We needed to hunt out 10 of those pesky bears hiding in the woods... We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, we've got to go through it... stumble trip! stumble trip..! It was more like stumble, Mummy, I've got a stone in my open-toed sandals, stumble... Mummy, I've got a stone in my open-toed sandals. (mental note, open-toed sandals not so good on gravel paths). But it definitely gave us a laugh as we changed different parts of the book to fit our bear hunt at Robin Hill.
The girls took a very long time to complete the bear hunt; mainly because they kept getting sidetracked by the stunning display of bluebells throughout the woods and just wanted to let there imagination run riot between finding each bear, pretending to be fairies and woodland creatures in a dell of bluebell heaven. Luckily for us mummies, we found loads of perfectly placed seating so we could also soak up the utter beauty around us and watch the girls have fun. To our surprise when we completed our bear hunt and handed in our map we were given a lovely goodie bag. As you can see in the photos, Little Miss. B and her buddy were extremely happy.
I couldn't recommend enough a day out at Robin Hill Country Park whether it be the Bear Hunt Adventure, a normal visit or on one of the many events held throughout the year.
If you like the sound of our adventure why not come and take part in some of the special family nature adventures inspired by We’re Going On A Bear Hunt happening over the summer months. I know we are going to try and squeeze a few more of the official Adventure activities planned so you might well find us scamping around Newtown National Nature Reserve or the Isle of Wight Children’s Literary Festival on the hunt for bears.
You can follow the link below for the official Isle of Wight Bear Hunt Adventure leaflet pdf or grab a copy from the ferry terminal or local tourism offices.
Official Bear Hunt Adventure Weekends with the National Trust:
Newtown National Nature Reserve | Sat 2 & Sun 3 June | Sat 8 & Sun 9 September
St Helen’s Duver | Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May | Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 July
Isle of Wight Children’s Literary Festival Northwood House | Sat 20 October & Sun 21 October
Mrs. B and Little Miss. B xx
10 May 2018