Festive fun at park near Crawley

Get into the festive spirit at Buchan Country Park at Crawley this December by joining some of their Christmas activities.

Due to the popularity of last month’s Night Hike, a second event has been arranged for Friday December 14 (6pm-8pm).

Visitors will be able to find out about the nighttime wildlife during a one-mile trek around the park before warming up with some hot drinks.

The hike costs £4 per person and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lionel Barnard, County Council Deputy Leader responsible for the environment, said: “These events are very popular and we’re delighted that more have been planned.

“They not only provide an enjoyable way to get out and about, but they can be a great opportunity to meet new people.”

Buchan Country Park will also be celebrating the winter solstice on Saturday December 15 (3pm-5pm) with ‘Lights and Lanterns’.

You can create magic lanterns to banish the winter gloom and listen to stories as darkness falls.

Tickets cost £4 per person (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Or why not learn more about ancient fire lighting on Saturday December 22 (10am-1pm)?

Find out about the gathering and using the right materials to build a traditional campfire.

Tickets cost £5 per person, which includes a hot drink and marshmallows.

Advance booking is essential for each of these events as places are limited.

For more information and for a full schedule of the park’s events, please visit the Buchan Country Park web pages at www.westsussex.gov.uk or contact the Countryside Centre at buchan.park@westsussex.gov.uk or call 01293 542088.