Frightfully good fun at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve this half term

Exploring the wetland at an Eycott Hill Discovery Day 

Cumbria Wildlife Trust are inviting families to celebrate nature, autumn, and Halloween this half term at a free event at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve near Penrith.

Visitors can make willow bats, spiders, or witch’s wands, join a fantastic fungi foray, and discover spectacular spiders and other amazing autumn wildlife on guided family walks. There’ll also be wildlife themed arts, crafts, and activities in the marquee.

The event, on Friday 26th October, runs from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and is free of charge thanks to National Lottery Players, and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Drop in activities include:

1:15pm: Fungi foray – look for Slimy Earthtongues, Golden Spindles, Dung Roundheads, and even Parrots! As we go we’ll learn more about the wonderful world of mushrooms and toadstools, and other awesome autumn wildlife.

2:15pm: Spectacular spiders – learn amazing spider facts as we go on an adventure across the nature reserve to see what we can find.

Also, make bat bookmarks and spider’s webs; discover nature’s tricksters and treaters; and follow the adventures of the Raven of Eycott Hill! No need to book these events; just turn up on the day!

Willow weaving workshops will be run by Phil Bradley at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm. Places are limited on the 45 minute sessions so must be booked in advance, please call 01539 816300 or email

There’s also free car parking and a way marked trail of approx. 1 mile to the summit of Eycott Hill. On the way families can admire the view and learn the names of the surrounding fells at the viewpoint, adventure among ancient lava flows that are more than 400 million years old, and lookout for carnivorous plants in the bog! Dogs are welcome at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve but should be kept on a lead to avoid disturbing wildlife and grazing animals.

Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is open year round, and it’s free to visit. To find out more go to

Located between Keswick and Penrith, near to the village of Mungrisdale, Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is 216 hectares of exceptionally rich wildlife habitat and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for the wetland plants in the swamps and mires and its geology. Work at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and WREN. For the latest news sign up to the Eycott Hill newsletter at

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Work at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is possible thanks to National Lottery Players, and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.