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Stoneywish, the natural choice


Want to give the children a break from television and computers and the pressure of our ‘spend spend’ culture? Come to Stoneywish and let them discover a world where fun is free and nobody cares what you look like. In fact, wellies and old clothes are usually a good idea for kiddies here. This is the place for them to form a real attachment to the natural world, whether they are hunting mini-beasts in the meadow grass, or building a camp, or throwing food to the fish and ducks.
Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it? There are picnic tables near the entrance and in the Play Area, so you can relax while the children run around.Mum&daughter-Family
From here on you will find something for everyone in the family: gardens, exhibitions, free-range animals, and an all-ability path that takes you round the entire reserve.
Take your time to go round. The wildlife is shy but if you are patient you may see some of our special residents, herons, woodpeckers, little owls, foxes, and even deer. And of course don’t miss the giant carp you can feed and the friendly farm animals that will often come up to say hello.
The large, natural Play Area has swings and slides for toddlers, a sand-pit and tyre-swings in the old oak trees, not to mention a Wild West Fort complete with tepees and totem pole, a farmer’s tractor and land-rover, a boat and a canoe – all chStumpsildren need for a wealth of imaginative games. Parents can relax with a book, or join in the fun! The setting is perfect.
Don’t forget to visit ‘StoneyHenge’, our very own stone circle. These Sarsen stones occur naturally in this area were collected and placed together in a family group as a reminder of the Neolithic hunters who left their worked flints scattered across the local fields. Today, the stones provide shelter for sheep and lambs, and perches for little owls.

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This little hut, placed ideally close to the Visitor Centre, is crammed with ideas and creative activities to keep little minds and fingers busy.