St Georges Day Festival – Hexham
We were pleased to be asked to contribute to the children’s activities at the annual St Georges Day Celebration in Hexham. This year we offered making dragon babies, dragon eyes and dragon eggs with nests. It was a busy and fun day seeing lots of familiar faces as well as a lot of new families. As usual it was a great opportunity to share the idea of Forest Schools and promote OWL and Birch Forest Schools.
The bell tent was chocka block most of the day as the weather was changeable and bit cold, and it was a comfy retreat with fun activities.
As usual the fishing barrel and hoop-la unicorn were well used. Simple and effective.
The festival itself was vastly improved on last year having a lot of local craftspeople in attendance which made it much more interactive. One of the participants came over to us to tell us ‘i think you are the main attraction’ as we had so many children working away making items.
At one point we had several children peeling bark off some fresh willow sticks with potato peelers…. an activity they initiated themselves but which quickly took off! All good practice for future knife work. Some of the parents commented that they spent a fortune on games and toys when a stick would do!!