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Kilnsey Park - a great family day out
Friday 31 May

If you are looking for a enjoyable day with the family that won't hurt your pocket, visit Kilnsey Park Trout Farm.

Situated under the shadow of Kilnsey Crag, Kilnsey Park is a working farm which utilises the clean spring water that flows through its land to breed trout for the table. The fresh water provides a natural habitat for many species of wildlife as well as providing energy to drive a hydro-electric generator (open to the public) which provides enough electricity for the park.

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In 1998, Kilnsey Park aquired a breeding pair of Red Squirrels, an rare and endangered species, and now the park has a thriving colony which can be seen at close quarters on a nature trail. The nature trail also incorporates a water-garden and a butterfly-garden as well as giving an educational insight into the workings of a modern trout farm. Included in the walk is an option to detour through a Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I.) which is renowned for it's rare orchids, wild flowers and grasses.

A number of activities for children are on offer at Kilnsey Park. Children can feed the ducks, and meet geese, ducks, goats and the Kilnsey Red Squirrels, while the more energetic youngsters can play in the adventure playground and have their first taste of fishing in the 'Fun Fishing' area. On the 'Squirrel Trail', children can enter a competition by identifying ten lifesize wooden animals and entering their answers in a monthly draw.

Regular events and demonstrations are also held at the park. Over the Jubilee weekend a there is a stained glasswork demonstration (Saturday) and a wildlife artist at work (Mon). Other attractions at the park include an aquarium which is home to a 15lb pike called Pandora, a local craft centre, pony trekking and a fly fishery. Groups are welcomed and, with prior notice, a number of themed experiences are available, from 'Throwing a pot on the Potter's wheel', to 'Herbal Medicine'.

After enjoying the above attractions the fully licenced resturant and coffee shop offer welcome refreshmints. The restaurant gives a choice of light meals and full lunches; and specialize in freshly caught trout and Yorkshire home cooking. Both of which you can buy frozen at the farm shop & delicatessen.

Entrance to the Park, Restaurant and Farm Shop is free, while entrance to the 'Clear Water Reserve' section is only £1 per head!, To find out more visit the Kilnsey Park website, by pointing your browser to www.kilnseypark.co.uk

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