This is the first week of the summer holiday, and it looks set to be a bit of a scorcher. But do you have much planned to keep the little ones entertained over the six weeks of the summer holiday? Well, here at Frampton Marsh we can help.

Every day through the holidays your kids can join a quest with the Summer Knights treasure trail. Join Queen Wrenivere and the knights as they defend the nature reserve against evil. Answer their questions and you will be able to share in some of the goodies inside the treasure chest! The trail costs £2.50, and reserve entry fees do apply. No need to book, but dogs are not allowed on the trail.

On Tuesdays you can see if you have a young boat-builder in the family, with our Mini Raft-building sessions at 11 am and 2 pm. Using natural materials, the youngsters will make miniature rafts in an effort to keep Furby safe from the water. Places cost £2.75, with advance booking recommended.

Wednesdays brings the firm favourite that is pond dipping. Fish, diving beetles and even newts can be found in our dipping pond. There are sessions at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm. Places cost £2.75 per child, and reserve entry fees do apply. These events are popular, so advance booking is highly recommended. Sorry, no dogs are allowed.

If you can't make the Wednesday guided sessions, on all other days of the week you can hire a net from the visitor centre for £2, and take yourself pond dipping. Of course then you won't get us to help find you things, or identify them.

Back on dry land, Thursday is bug hunting day. Beetles, grasshoppers, ladybirds and more are all there to be discovered by you in our wildlife garden. Sessions are at 11 am and 2 pm, and cost £2.75 per child plus reserve entry fees. Places are limited, so please book, and dogs are not allowed.

Of course, the reserve itself is just a lovely place to come anyway, with flowers, butterflies and lots of birds. Entry costs £2 for adults, £1 for children (first child free, under 5's free) if you are not RSPB members. RSPB members not only get free entry to the reserve, but a discount on all the events too. Ask at the visitor centre to find out more.

To book onto any of these events, give us a call on 01205 724678 (Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm) or email us at

(Queen Wrenivere by Kath Hamper, pond dipping by Neil Smith, bug hunting by Patrick Cashman, raft by Chris Andrews)