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Nature Rockz
at The Orchards

Explore the great outdoors and learn amazing new skills

Your kids will love the chance to find out more about the countryside around them and pick up some exciting new skills when they get involved in our Nature Rockz activities.

There’s so much to do with Nature Rockz, from exploring the park and coastline to finding out all about the wildlife that live in and around it. We’ve also got some great activities that might inspire your kids to become the next Bear Grylls as they learn all about various wilderness survival techniques!

Whichever of our Nature Rockz activities your kids take part in, they’ll be learning about the world around them and having fun – all under the watchful eyes of our fully trained Rangers.

The great outdoors at Haven

Relax in the great outdoors

Just watch your rosy-cheeked explorers roam free with new friends. We've created a safe and relaxed environment at The Orchards - so we don't need lots of silly rules.

Nature Rockz - Bush Craft

If your kids fancy themselves as the next Bear Grylls, we have the perfect activities for them. From building a shelter to making a fire and finding out how to purify water, they’ll learn loads of exciting new outdoor skills!

    Nature Rockz - Park Safari

    Explore our parks from top to bottom with our Rangers and find out all about the local wildlife that make Haven their home.

      Nature Rockz - Get Creative

      Want to get creative outdoors? Try building a house for some of our resident wildlife, create a beautiful collage, or even make your very own creation from some of our recycled materials - there's so much to do!

        Nature Rockz - The Coast

        Explore the beach, follow a nature trail, play in the rock pools or simply enjoy skimming stones off the water - there's so much to do at the seaside!

          Get closer to nature

          Sometimes the best thing about being close to nature is just to get outside and enjoy it. Get close to the great outdoors and appreciate the beauty of the world around you.

            Go explore

            Go explore

            Our family activity is similar to orienteering without the compass. We'll point you in the right direction of the highlights of the unique and beautiful settings of our parks. So grab some treasured time with each other, tie up your walking shoes and set yourself on a voyage of discovery.

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: It's up to you
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Survival bracelets

            NEW Survival bracelets

            After learning lots of fun skills from our Rangers, your young survival experts can put their talents to use making a para cord survival bracelet! This bracelet may look funky, but in an emergency the seven inner strands can be pulled out and used for everything from fishing line to sewing thread and loads more – astronauts even used this material to fix the Hubble Space Telescope once!

            • Age: 6+ ages
            • Activity pass value: 2
            • Cost: £8
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Parks: All parks
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Bush craft fire lighting

            Fire lighting techniques

            Learning how to start a camp fire is one of the most essential skills for budding explorers. With this activity, our Rangers will show you how to safely and effectively get a camp fire roaring.

            • Age: 6+ ages
            • Activity pass value: 1
            • Cost: £4
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Den building

            Survival shelters

            Our expert Rangers will teach young explorers one of the most important survival skills – how to build a shelter using only what they can find in the natural surroundings.

            • Age: 6+ ages
            • Activity pass value: 1
            • Cost: £4
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Water and wild foods

            Water purification and wild foods

            Find out everything about the foods of the forest and learn how to purify water under the watchful eye of our Rangers with this fun activity.

            • Age: 6+ ages
            • Activity pass value: 1
            • Cost: £4
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Treasure hunt

            Pirate Treasure hunt

            Ahoy me hearties, there’s treasure to be found in our parks! With the help of our Rangers, you’ll find items to help you along the way and solve cryptic clues as you hunt for the ‘X’ that marks the spot where the treasure is hidden.

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Ranger bug hunt

            Ranger bug hunt

            Join our Rangers on a hunt for everything from beautiful butterflies to creepy crawlies as they help you explore our parks from top to bottom, show you where all these little creatures like to hide and tell you everything they know about a bug’s life.

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Ranger Ramble

            Ranger nature trail

            Let our Rangers take you on a walk along our nature trails and find out everything about the wildlife that lives in our parks and along the nearby coastlines, as well as the history and heritage of the surrounding countryside.

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Pond dipping

            Ranger pond dipping

            From aquatic snails to amphibians such as newts and frogs – so many incredible little creatures live in the ponds found in our parks. In this activity, you’ll get to meet some wonderful pond dwellers and find out loads of interesting things about them from our Park Rangers.

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: n/a
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Birds and bird feed

            Wild birds and bird feeders

            Can you tell an Aquatic Warbler from a Yellowhammer? Our Rangers can, and they can’t wait to tell you everything they know about the birds that visit and live on our parks. You’ll also get the chance to give the birds something to eat at the feeding station!

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Dreamcatchers

            NEW Dreamcatchers

            Join one of our Rangers in the Tipi to create your very own dreamcatcher, a Native American charm that is said to help with a good nights sleep. You’ll start with a basic hoop of willow which you can then decorate however you like with gemstones, beads and feathers, before hanging it above your bed. According to legend, bad dreams are caught in the centre of the dream catcher where they disappear with the light of the next day, while good dreams slide down the feathers to whoever is sleeping below.

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: 2
            • Cost: £8
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Parks: All parks except Cala Gran, Church Farm, Far Grange and Riviere       Sands
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Making grass heads at Golden Sands

            Grass head creations

            Have fun making your own flower pot man. Give him a name and let his grassy hair grow out – then cut it all off and watch it start all over again!

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Habitat creations

            Habitat creations

            Let our Rangers show you around our Nature Activity area and find out how you can help the wildlife that live in our parks. Along the way you’ll see our bug hotel, hedgehog homes, bird boxes, bat boxes, bee hives and more!

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Mini collages

            Nature collages

            Take home some memories of your holiday by creating a collage using pretty leaves and beautiful shells – anything you can find to make your one-of-a-kind nature masterpiece!

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Natural bracelet making

            Nature bracelets

            Have fun making a bracelet using natural materials. Give it to your mum or dad, a new friend you’ve made, or even keep it for yourself to remember your holiday by.

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Nest box making

            Nest box creations

            Even woodland creatures need somewhere to live, and with this activity you’ll get the chance to build a box suitable for bats or birds to call their home. When you’ve finished you can leave it in our park ready for a new occupant to settle in it, or take it home with you for your own local wildlife to enjoy.

            • Age: 6+ ages
            • Activity pass value: 2
            • Cost: £8
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Scrap heap create

            Recycled creations

            Let your imagination run wild as you join our Rangers in scouring the park in search of recycled materials you can use to create your own giant scrap heap animal. Choose whatever animal you want to make, decorate it and even give it a name!

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Stone skimming

            Stone skimming tournament

            Good seaside fun is just a stone’s throw away as our Park Rangers take you down to the beach and show you how to skim stones off the water. Practice your skills, learn new techniques and even take part in a stone skimming tournament!

            • Age: 5+ ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season

            Sand sculptures

            Sand sculptures

            Nothing is more fun on a sandy beach than playing around with a bucket and spade and making a brilliant sand castle. But this activity will see you create something even more stunning as our Rangers help you let your imagination run wild to create whatever you want using just the sand around you.

            • Age: All ages
            • Activity pass value: N/A
            • Cost: Free
            • Duration: 60 minutes
            • Restrictions: Children must be accompanied by an adult
            • Availability: Runs all season