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Children in Bracknell enjoyed some half term fun complete with a miniature train

Published: 3 Mar 2014 12:300 comments

FAMILIES flocked to a woodland activity day to ride a miniature train, pet owls and learn a range of woodland crafts.

Bethany Redhead 10 with the Clay Hedgehog she made

In its third year, the Wonderful Woodlands event held at Jocks Lane Recreation Ground in Priestwood had about 700 people attend on Sunday.

There was lots on offer, with youngsters able to try out many traditional trades, including clay- making, basket-making and wood-sculpting.

Families could also hold and pet owls and have a go on the miniature ride-on steam train, while youngsters could also explore a ‘bug hotel’ through a high-powered microscope and play in a tractor.

The OBJ Morris Dancers, based in Easthampstead, entertained visitors with several dance routines, while a barbecue and a snack kiosk satisfied their appetite.

Teresa Clacy, from Priestwood, was with friends Vicky Chappell and her 16-month-old son Jacob Nolan. She said: “I think it is good to see the community get together and use the facilities. I love events like this and it was good to see the miniature railway getting used as it isn’t used often.”

The event was organised by the Bracknell Town Council, Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell Forest Homes.

It gave representatives from the town council the chance to launch a consultation questionnaire over the possibility of Bracknell having its own neighbourhood plan, which would see residents have a say over future developments in the town.

Town council leader Cllr Chris Turrell said: “February is such a lottery in terms of the weather so it was good it stayed dry. It was great to see so many people turn up. It is always a popular event with lots of things for everyone to do.”

Bracknell Forest mayor Cllr Jan Angell added: “It is really nice that people give up their weekends to come to days like this.

“It’s very pleasing that so many have come which is brilliant.”

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