A summer of activities in the Peaks

Beastly bugs, batty bats, baby polecats, owl encounters and utterly otters are some of the star attractions at the award-winning Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park this summer.

The Beastly Bugs afternoon takes place on Tuesday July 31 from 2–4pm. Kids can find out what’s sneaking through the grass and hiding under bushes as well as discovering the miniature world of the Chestnut Centre with our experienced and knowledgeable guide.

A special Owl Encounters day takes place on Wednesday August 15 from 11am to 3pm and allows you to get up close to these wonderful birds and discover more about their habits and lifestyle. The Utterly Otterley afternoon on Tuesday August 28 from 2pm to 4pm includes all kinds of otter fun, from building holts and weaving fish to playing games and storytelling.

For night time adventures, there’s Batty Bats, on Friday August 31 from 8pm to 10pm. This includes a fascinating talk on bats from a local expert and a twilight walk through the park.

There are also some enchanting new arrivals at the centre too, including five baby polecats – three males and two females – that were born earlier this year. Around twelve fallow deer fawns have also been born and visitors may well be able to spot them mingling with the other fallow and Sika deer on a walk through the beautiful deer encounter enclosure.

The popular Chestnut conservation and wildlife park, located in 50 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire, is also home to four species of otter, including the endangered giant otter. There are 17 species of owls as well as other indigenous wildlife, such as pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and the free-roaming deer.

Every day of the week there are also meet the keeper sessions, animal feeding times and deer encounters. With lovely woodland trails, a cosy tearoom and well stocked gift shop, the Chestnut Centre has everything for an enjoyable and informative day out for all the family.

The Chestnut Centre was founded in 1984 by Roger and Carol Heap, who have been involved in wildlife conservation for over 30 years. They also own and operate the New Forest Wildlife Park in Hampshire and the Battersea Park Children’s Zoo in London.

Please note that some special events, such as Beastly Bugs, Utterly Otterley and Batty Bats must be booked in advance and cost an additional £3 per head.

Further information is availalbe by contacting The Chestnut Centre, in Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peaks, on 01298 814099, or by emailing info@chestnutcentre.co.uk.