Summer holiday nature fun with Hollybush Conservation Centre activities

Open: Hollybush Conservation Centre in Broad Lane

Stuck for something to do with the family – or as a grown up? There’s lots happening at TCV Hollybush this summer.

Hollybush Conservation Centre, off Broad Lane, will play host to kids’ woodwork sessions on Wednesdays throughout August, offering the opportunity for children and adults to learn together in a safe, supported environment. Taught in groups of no more than six children, with their accompanying guardians, participants will learn the basic skills to make an item together, to take home and treasure.

There are two different courses, the first on learning how to build a bug hotel, and the second a small garden planter. Sessions run 10am and 1pm. Minimum age for attending the course is eight years old.

Further information and booking here.

Tiny Outdoor Explorers

Making full use of the Hollybush garden, on 4 and 26 August, Lisa from Tiny Outdoor Explorers will be running two different multi-activity sessions, with nature crafts, puzzles and lots more. Pre-book your tickets by emailing Tickets are £7 a child and activities are suitable for 2-11 year-olds.

Hollybush is now open on Sundays, so people can pop down for a wander round the garden, and drop into the café for a treat between 11am and 3pm.

Sunday 7 August – Friends of Hollybush Volunteering Day, with the Health and Wellbeing Team.

Friends of Hollybush Volunteering days take part on the first Sunday of each month between 11am and 3pm, and offer the opportunity to drop in and help out with a project or event. Activities are suitable for adults or supervised older children. In August, get a taste of what it’s like to volunteer with the Health and Wellbeing Team at Hollybush, who will be building a Stag Beetle Loggery in the woods, and working on nature crafts. Free, no booking necessary.

Sunday 14 August – Tower of Song family-friendly summer special

Tower of Song is a long-running, very welcoming, open-mic night for Leeds songwriters to perform their original material, often on a theme picked by the audience. Come along and enjoy some music in the woods, and maybe even sign-up to perform, Performances will be between 2pm and 4pm, in the woodland shelter, and it’s free to attend. Further info on the event can be found on the Facebook event here.

Sunday 21 August – Weekend Woodwork

Back by popular demand, on Sunday 21 August Hollybush will be running two sessions of itsW ooden Sign Making course. Learn the skills to make a wooden sign using routering, pyrography or paints, which you will take home with you at the end of the day.

Book via Eventbrite here.

Sunday 21 August – Menopause Meet-up

Sunday 21 also sees the return of the Menopause Meet-up group, now a regular monthly event. The group aims to provide mutual support and explore natural strategies for managing this time of life. No booking necessary. It runs 12pm-2pm.

TCV’s activity packs, how-to guides and videos are ideal for all ages. Use these resources to get outdoors in a green space with a mindful activity this summer and kick-start a passion for the natural world.

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