Bored? Nothing to do? Go outside and build a den this half-term for a chance to win The Den Book!

The Den Challenge…Go outside and build a den this half term.  You can build it in your garden, in the park, in the woods, anywhere you have permission.  Build it out of cardboard, rubbish from the recycle bin, over the trampoline, under the garden table,  throw a rug over a washing line….be creative….have fun!

Send a photo of yourself in your den to us on facebook (Going Wild) or tweet it to @goingwildnet using #thedenbook for a chance to win a copy of The Den Book.  We will be giving away books every month to the best entries.

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Discover the wilds on the edge of London. Family day out, Saturday June 25th, Woodfarm, Harrow

On Saturday June 25th Harrow Nature Conservation Forum will celebrate the opening of Harrow’s latest public wild open space. Wood Farm is 24 hectares of meadow, ponds, scrub and woodland in the north of Stanmore, close to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Shree Swaminarayan Temple – Dharma Bhakti Manor and the Husseini Islamic Centre. The views over London are remarkable, and with the help of the board at the site you can pick out nearby landmarks such as Alexandra Palace and Wembley Arena, all the familiar London landmarks, and the more distant hills of Crystal Palace and Box Hill. It is the best site in Harrow for breeding warblers, while on warm days the wild flowers are busy with butterflies and bees.
The opening event on June 25th will have something for everyone. The Appreciating Animals petting zoo will be free for children and accompanying adults. Children will also enjoy storytelling by Pippa Reid and Vivien Keiles, as well as pond dipping, building bug houses, and a collection of animal skulls and snake skins to handle. For adults we’ll have guided tours of the site, telescopes to look over London, and a wide range of stalls and exhibitors.

The event, which is free to all, will begin at 12 noon and run to 5 PM. The entrance is on Wood Lane, Stanmore, post code HA7 4LG. Car parking is available at Shree Swaminarayan Temple – Dharma Bhakti Manor next door. Alternatively, take the 142 bus to the Little Common stop and Wood Farm is a ten minute walk away along Wood Lane.

For more details see the web page at

Going to the beach this summer? Don’t have a ball? No problem, take off your sock and make a Hacky Sock!

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring some fun ideas from The Beach Book to help make beach days full of fun.  If you haven’t got a copy get yours now!

  • Pour dry sand into the toe of a sock to make a ball about the size of a tennis ball.
  • Twist the sock round and then turn it over on itself and twist again.
  • Find some nice big feathers and push the quills into the loose end of the sock. Secure with an elastic band.
  • Throw it around and make up your own fun games!
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