Trust to hold spectacular 50th anniversary celebration event

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is inviting families to get into the party spirit by holding a spectacular birthday celebration event at its Wolseley Centre headquarters.

The county’s largest nature conservation charity celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and is holding a Wildchild Festival on Wednesday 7th August.

The event, which is being supported by funding from Arts Council England, will be a one day celebration of art and nature set in the inspirational backdrop of The Wolseley Centre site, near Rugeley. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are inviting families of all ages to come to Wolseley to experience arts and nature combined with a myriad of nature based activities, immersive theatre, storytelling and site specific artwork. 

Alongside the festival the Trust will be commissioning an artist to work with local young people to create a piece of artwork to be revealed on the day.  

Activities will include obstacle courses, mud slides, natural crafts and a 'Construction Zone.'

There will also be a pop up cafe, market tipi, orchard bar and entertainment from Talking Birds Theatre, The Fabularium and Ian Douglas Storyteller.

The Wildchild Festival has been organised as one of the Trust’s key events to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019.

Katie Shipley, from the Trust’s People Engagement team, said: “This year is a very special year for our charity and our Wildchild event is giving people the chance to get in the party spirit and celebrate with us.

“There will be lots going on during the event, including exciting nature themed arts, crafts and workshops. Activities will be taking place across the whole site, from badger wood, by the lake and on our beautiful Park Bank.

“We want to make the event as fun and family friendly as possible and in the process, those coming along will be helping us support wildlife and wild places across the county.”

The event is an advanced booking only event and people will need to buy their tickets before 24th July.. People can purchase a Family Ticket (which will allow entry for two adults and three children) or Individual tickets. 0-2 year olds can attend for free, but they must be registered to ensure the Trust knows how many people are coming.

Ticket prices range from £30 for a family and £8 for individuals and includes access to all the exciting shows and activities taking place during the event.

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