Events at Skipton Castle Woods

Coronavirus 2020: important news about events 

To help stop the spread of Covid-19 we are following Government advice on social distancing and have cancelled all Woodland Trust events until 31 May. Although close contact with people isn't recommended right now, you can still enjoy a beautiful woodland walk this spring. Our woods will stay open and free to visit anytime. Read the latest information.

Image: Fred Rhodes

Big bird count, multiple dates

Join Woodland Trust on the Big bird count at Skipton Castle Woods whether you are a regular visitor or new to the woods come along and help us identify and monitor the many bird species enjoyed in the ancient woodland.

Open to both beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike your contribution is most welcome. Bring along your binoculars (we have a limited number of binoculars available for loan on a first come first served basis).

Four bird monitoring stations will be located in the woods along with informative bird ID charts for reference. The Woodland Trust Team will be on hand alongside the local bird watching group to answer any questions and collect the information recorded. This is a free event but donations are welcome.

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Nature Detectives Live! Sat 6 June 2020, 11am and 2pm 

Join in with our very first Nature Detective Live event in and around the waters of Eller Beck.

There are two sessions to choose from – book one or both for a day's nature fun! Be warned – you will get wet feet – and that applies to grown ups too! 

Age 5+ only. All children in the water must be closely supervised and accompanied by an adult ratio of 1-1. River access is subject to water levels and weather on the day.

Staying for both sessions? We have a large seating area in the wood – bring lunch and drinks with you!

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Sensing nature walk, Fri 12 June 2020

New for 2020, an inclusive walking experience with a difference.

Join our visually impaired guides as they take you on a sensory experience in the woodland.

Using blindfolds during some of the walking route, our guides will encourage sighted walkers to explore the woodland using sound, touch and smell.

Visually impaired/blind walkers are most welcome – trained buddy volunteers will be available to assist you should you need addtional support to access this event.

This event is being delivered in partnership with Natural Inclusion. If you are visually impaired and require assistance to book please call us on 0330 333 3300.

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Mindfulness walk, Sat 20 June and Sun 21 June 2020

Join Holly Booker of the Woodland Trust on this sensory relaxing session to mark the summer solstice.

Holly is an experienced mindfulness practitioner – she will guide you through to a clearing in the woodland pausing to experience sound, smells, wildlife and the beauty of being 'in the moment' in nature.

If you want to gain the skills to help you slow down, enjoy the here and now and relax, this is the event for you.

There are two dates available to ensure smaller group sizes. Please bring a yoga or reed mat.

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Make a willow heart workshop, Fri 26 June 2020

Anna Cross created one of Skipton's most famous sculptures; The Medieval Huntress of Skipton Castle Woods.

This 1.5hr workshop will teach you all you need to know to create your own small willow heart. Anna supplies all the materials and expertise to get you started.

Start time is 11am and refreshments are included.

This event takes place at Skipton Town Hall.

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Skipton sheep day, Sun 5 July 2020

Help us to fight climate change and the loss of nature across the UK!

Vist the Woodland Trust Team from Skipton Castle Woods on our mobile visitor centre and stand up for trees!

Craft activities and stories for children and a chance for new members to meet our Giant Walking Ancient Oak Trees!

Donate, become a member or ask us about volunteering in Skipton Castle Woods.

Free event – part of Skipton Sheep Day on the High Street outside Skipton Town Hall. 

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Bats and beasts at dusk, Wed 12 August 2020

Join the Woodland Trust for the return of the popular Bats and beasts at dusk walk lead by bat expert Russ Hedley from Nature Walks and Talks. Learn about bats as a woodland indicator species and their ecology and conservation. And use the bat detectors to identify the bats at Skipton Castle Woods by species.

Bring along your binoculars if you have any (there will be a limited number for loan on the night) and headtorch along with suitable footwear. This is a 1.5 mile guided walk which includes a number of steps.

The walk is aimed at adults and children over 10 years of age. Please leave your dog at home for the evening.

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Tree identification with a Woodland Trust forester, Tues 14 July 2020 

Join Woodland Trust Forester James Jesson on a walk around the trees of Skipton Castle Woods.

Learn how to identify a number of broadleaf species using leaves, bark, flowers and fruits on a walk with one of our northern site managers.

This 1.5hr/2hr walk covers uneven ground, steps and slopes in the woodland. Note pads and pens welcome!

Meet at the main woodland gate off Chapel Hill, accessed by the canal towpath from Mill Bridge, at 1pm.

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A New Leaf theatre in the woods, Sat 1 August 2020

Told through prose, poetry and song, it’s the story of an ancient woodland, which one spring, discovers a mysterious and enchanting new leaf.

At first the woods are dazzled by its beauty, but over time the new leaves present problems for the plants and animals that live peacefully together.

It takes a renegade woodpecker to uncover the dark secret, and when the forest discovers that the new leaves are plastic waste, the animals reach out to the next generation of humans to rekindle a forgotten relationship.

Performance times 10.30am and 1pm.

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Make a broom workshop, Sat 26 Sept 2020

Join a local expert on this half day craft workshop.

Starting at Skipton Castle Woods, The Bailey Entrance (next to Skipton Castle's Car Park BD13 1UA) you will enter the wood on foot and help coppice hazel to add to timber prepared earlier.

A short walk to Skipton Town Hall follows where you will make your very own traditional broom with an expert woodsman.

The workshop lasts four hours and includes refreshments.

Please wear gloves and suitable footwear for the woodland element of this event.

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Willow lantern walk, Sat 10 October 2020. Full details announced soon

All new for 2020 with an extended route, new giant lanterns and even more illuminated trees.

Perfect for families, friends and couples, enjoy walking in an illuminated ancient woodland at night.

More details to follow.

Autumn scenes photography workshop, Sat 24 October 2020

Join Woodland Trust with nature photographer Paul Miguel on a masterclass in woodland photography at Skipton Castle Woods with useful hints and tips to develop and improve your photography skills.

Capture the beauty of this semi-natural ancient woodland with its spectacular scenery and unique flora and fauna.

The 2.5 hour workshop will start at 10am with an opportunity to ask Paul Miguel questions over a sandwich lunch in the woodland, concluding at 1pm.

Number of attendees is limited intentionally to ensure sufficient time to cover the content for all participants. Early booking advised!

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Willow wreath workshop, Fri 27 November 2020

Anna Cross created one of Skipton's most famous sculptures – The Medieval Huntress of Skipton Castle Woods.

This 1.5hr workshop will teach you all you need to know to create your own willow weath. Anna supplies all the materials and expertise to get you started with the addtion of natural items collected from Skipton Castle Woods.

Refreshments are included.

This event takes place at Skipton Town Hall. Start time is 11am.

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