Girl with magnifying glass

© Adrian Clarke

Minibeasts & Microscopes

Discover the wonderful world of minibeasts

Event details

Meeting point

Please walk up the steps to the visitor centre


11am - 2pm
A static map of Minibeasts & Microscopes

About the event

This is a whole day of hands-on minibeast adventures for all the family. Dive under logs to find amazing animals underneath, sweep with nets through grass to catch quicker creatures and beat the trees to find the bugs and beetles that might fall out!

We will delve into the depths of the ponds to discover what creatures might live there and learn about their incredible lifecycles. As well as unearthing the creepy crawlies that live here, we will use our senses on the blindfold trail to imagine life in their nocturnal world and use gadgets to see the world through their eyes.

After gathering some examples of the creatures we find, we can look in detail at their amazing super powers and adaptations through our video microscope.

The day will run from 11:00-14:00 and be held at Nower Wood Education Centre. Parking is available but limited so we encourage car sharing where possible. For this event you may park in the areas labelled coach parking as well as the usual car park. When you arrive you will need to walk through the carved archway and up the steps to the centre. There is disabled parking outside the centre, please contact us in advance to ensure a space is available.

This event is suitable for all ages, although we do want to mention that only the areas around the centre are pushchair friendly. If you would like more information about accessibility for the day please don't hesitate to call us. Please get in touch if any members of your party have individual accessibility needs so that we can ensure that everyone can get the best out of their day. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and booking is essential. Babes in arms go free.

You will need to bring a packed lunchwaterproofs and shoes suitable for exploring the woods. We advise wearing long sleeves and long trousers/leggings to avoid the risk of prickly plants or picking up ticks - please ask if you would like more info on this. Although we will be in the woods for a large part of the day, the ponds are more open and so sun cream and a sun hat are also a good idea. We will provide light refreshments on the day.



Members: £7.50
Non-members: £10

Suitable for



Know before you go


No dogs permitted

Wheelchair access

Please contact organiser in advance

Parking information

Parking at education centre


Picnic area
Baby changing facilities