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Celebrate Autumn, and the school half term, at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (7th October 2011)

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, in Craven Arms, is celebrating the onset of Autumn with a mix of hands-on activities and some seasonal walks for all during the upcoming school half term.

Lying adjacent to the Onny Meadows, the Centre is the ideal base for a gentle walk to see the rich, Autumnal colours and to enjoy a little bit of seasonal ”leaf-peeping” in an ever-expanding “Sculpture Park”.

Now arguably one of the biggest Sculpture Parks in the Midlands, the Onny Meadows has evolved into a place where visitors can see a selection of nine very different art installations – ranging from the world’s largest Willow Telescope, through to a giant have-a-go Glockenspiel.

Each of the works have been installed over the last three years, and are now being added to on a regular basis.  They include a gigantic Dragonfly, Tree Drums, a wood carving of a Leaping Fish on an old forgotten tree, and The Hide/Reveal Shed where it’s possible to look at the Onny Meadows from an entirely different perspective.

Autumn, and the school half term holidays, are seen as a perfect time for family groups to take a fresh look at what’s happening at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, and to enjoy a stroll through the colourful meadows.

Another special hands-on activity scheduled to take place in the Centre from October 24-28 is “Time Traveller’s Crafts”, where younger visitors – aged between 5 and 11 – will be encouraged to have a go at carding wool, painting with natural pigments, designing a shield, and making a clay pot.

Places are limited, and booking in advance is highly recommended (Tel: 01588-676060).  The cost is £3 per child – who must be accompanied by an adult.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is located just off the A49 in Craven Arms, a few miles north of Ludlow.

For further details, visit www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk.