October Oddities and Perfect Pumpkins

06 Nov 2018

The leaves have turned orange and the ground started to freeze, and at Brockholes, we had a fabulous fortnight full of spooktacular fun!

More than one thousand of you took part in the Halloween Xplorer Challenge – a great way to test your orienteering skills, and explore the reserve, while enjoying quality time with friends and family.

Our Xplorer Challenge has become so popular, that we even got a slot on Granada Reports during Half Term, promoting the positive effects of being outdoors and spending time with your family. You can see the full clip here:

Granada Reports Interview

Xplorer is back on December 19th with a Christmas Theme and a completely different route, so if you’ve enjoyed it this time, why not come back and explore a different way around the reserve?

The Room on the Broom Wild Families was a complete sell out with more than a hundred of you enjoying your crafty skills creating brooms, potions, wands and cats in the woods! Laura Payne attended Room on The Broom and said:

“Fantastic event for children. My daughter and her friends enjoyed all the activities. A very fun day out and well worth the money!” 

Muddy Monsters was also a huge success with lots of children opting to get their hands dirty and step away from technology for an afternoon.

Emma Venn brought her two children to Muddy Monsters and said:

“My two girls (3 & 1.5) had SO MUCH FUN! There was a great range of activities and they were things I wouldn’t have the confidence to do with them at home!! If your kids like being outdoors this is a perfect afternoon!”

Throughout the fortnight we held pumpkin carving sessions, with everyone given the opportunity to enter our competitions to win some brilliant prizes.

Our panel of judges have been busy looking through all the entries and have, after much deliberation, come up with the winners, who will all receive a separate email from Brockholes explaining how to redeem your prize:


First Place – Saleha Desai from Preston
Second Place – Courtney McKenna
Third Place – Emma Anderson from Hoghton

12 – 18 Year Olds

First Place – Dean Parkinson from Thornton Cleveleys

5 – 11 Year Olds

First Place – Darcey Pirie from Preston
Second Place – Jaxon Quinn from Blackburn
Third Place – Cameron Preece from Blackpool


Pre-School (Under 5 Year Olds)

First Place – James Ross from Eccleston
Second Place – Freddie Barfoot from Rawtenstall
Third Place – Pippa Rowlandson from Garstang

Thank you so much to everyone who entered and to everyone who came and enjoyed their time at Brockholes this October Half Term. Every visit you make is helping restore habitats, increase breeding numbers, and ultimately is helping to protect wildlife in your local area.

We’re getting into the festive spirit now with our Christmas Events all up for sale and decorations in the planning. It’s our favourite time of the year at Brockholes, so we hope to see you there!

Full Pumpkin Carving Gallery:

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