As the nights draw in, the rangers at Buchan Country Park are encouraging West Sussex residents to enjoy a host of special seasonal activities.
The new autumn and winter what’s on calendar has been revealed and it promises to keep families busy.
Later this month the park, near Crawley, will be celebrating Halloween.
On Monday,29th October children will be able to carve a pumpkin, play games and make masks before settling down to listen to some spooky tales at twilight.
Entry costs £7 per child (pumpkin included). Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Visitors will also be able to find out more about the park’s nocturnal residents on a night hike in November.
Following a one-mile trek around the park, the walkers will warm up with some hot drinks and stories around a campfire before enjoying a torchlight procession back to the Countryside Centre.
The night hike costs £5 per person, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Deputy County Council Leader Lionel Barnard, Cabinet Member responsible for the environment, said: “The autumn and winter months can be a wonderful time to enjoy the countryside, so it’s good to see so many activities planned at Buchan Country Park.
“Here in West Sussex, we are incredibly lucky to have so many beautiful natural environments across the county and I think it’s important to take the time to enjoy it.”
Robin Edwards, Senior Countryside Ranger at Buchan Country Park, said: “Winter is a magical time and we are looking forward to the coming months.
“We’ve got lots planned, including some special Christmas events such as wreath making sessions and our winter solstice celebrations.
“We’ve also got some fantastic activities planned for the new year, as well as our popular bushcraft days.”
To find out more or to view the full schedule of the autumn and winter events, please visit the Buchan Country Park web pages at www.westsussex.gov.uk or contact the Countryside Centre on 01293 542088.
There’s also still time to enter the 2012 Buchan Country Park Photographic Competition for the chance to win up to £25.
The competition costs £1 per entry and a selection of the best pictures will be on show at the park.
The closing date is Monday 5th November.
For more information, including details on how to enter, visit the Buchan Country Park web pages on the County Council’s website.