Spring Half-Term Fun on Northam Burrows – Scavenger Hunt and Poetry events for all ages

 

The half term holidays are nearly here and the Northam Burrows ranger team have put together a spring scavenger hunt, suitable for families and all ages to enjoy, when exploring the Burrows and the beach. A chance to find your favourite shell, a striped or spotty flower or even the loudest bird on the scavenger hunt check-list, as you roam around the park.

Look out for the posters on display at the entrance toll booths and downloadable versions on the Councils social media and web pages.

The Rangers have also been working with Northam Library on a fantastic family poetry trail led by the renowned and innovative creative writer Chris Jelley. You can have fun exploring Northam Burrows through a poet’s eyes, and read and write poems inspired by the local wildlife and landscape. You’ll also learn how to ‘pin’ them online to the location for all to read and enjoy.

The Poetry event will take place on Friday 4th June at 1pm and also 3pm but places are limited and so booking is essential. Tickets cost £5 per family (which includes entry for one car onto the Burrows) and can be bought from Northam library either in person, on the phone (01237 475111) or by emailing northam.library@librariesunlimited.co.uk

TDC Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin said:

“The ranger team are looking forward to seeing as many people as possible throughout the spring and summer as we head outdoors for events every Tuesday and Thursday in the summer holidays. There will also be our usual mix of beach cleans and other volunteering activities. So keep a watch out for other postings or why not try out the new QR code trails already in place and learn some fascinating facts about the park and the local area. Hopefully, something for all ages to enjoy.”

 

Northam Burrows Country Park

Northam Burrows Country Park lies at the western edge of the Taw Torridge Estuary. Lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Burrows forms an integral part of North Devon's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
 
Further information is available on Torridge District Council's Northam Burrows webpage, or contact Michael Day, the Burrows Ranger at:
The Burrows Centre
Sandymere Road
Northam
BIDEFORD
EX39 1XS
Tel:      01237 479708

Email:  northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk

 

Click this link for a copy of Torridge District Council's Northam Burrows Leaflet.

 

Northam Burrows Country Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is about 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain with salt marsh, sand dunes and generally unimproved grasslands.


The Burrows  provides one of the access points for the two miles of Westward Ho! Beach, thus combining the best of opportunities for land and marine leisure activities. The main ramped access point to the beach is available from the town of Westward Ho!

The Park is open to pedestrians at all times but there are restrictions on vehicles. The Burrows Centre is open from the end of May to early September and the toilet facilities from Easter to the end of September.
 

The Burrows Centre is to be refurbished, and it is hoped it will be open for the late spring and summer season 2021.

A new trail to explore at Northam Burrows!

The team on Northam Burrows have introduced a new Covid safe trail to explore. This coincides with the wider project work bringing improvements to the visitor centre and other facilities on the Burrows. This includes the reopening of the footpath linking to Westward Ho! which was damaged by storms.

The audio trail consists of QR codes displayed on wooden posts and can be found along the South West Coast Path between the Burrows Centre and the Skern road. By scanning the QR codes with a smartphone, people will be able to access an audio clip all about that particular area of the Burrows as well as a map showing where to discover the rest of the trail. Visitors can learn fascinating facts about the local area and can visit as many or as few of the trail points as they like.

Northam Burrows is common land and home to many sheep, horses and wild birds and animals so we ask all visitors to keep their dogs under close control when visiting and to drop litter into bins provided or take it home with them.

Northam Burrows Country Park is open to vehicles from 7am to 10pm every day (toll charges apply). Although the visitor centre is currently undergoing building works, there are temporary toilet facilities in Sandymere car park and both Le Petit Café and Hockings ice cream vans can often be found on site.

 

New Roof for Northam Burrows Visitor Centre and Foundations Ready for Modular Café

The refurbishment of Northam Burrows Visitor centre has continued at pace during February as part of a 14-week refurbishment project being undertaken by Pearce Construction. Outwardly the most striking change has been the reinstatement of the roof which means that now the building is water-tight work to re-model the interior layout and fittings can be accelerated. The roofing material combined sheet metal with welted standing seams to improve the weathering and resist wind uplift in this coastal location. 

The new roof now includes a vaulted ceiling and skylights to let more light into the building while also increasing the amount of space for exhibitions and displays. An upgrade of the building’s electrics and heating systems will allow the building to be more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and cheaper to operate. Interior walls have been moved as the new layout for the centre starts to take shape. 

In line with the re-use and recycle approach to the build the external wooden cladding to the building has also been removed and de-nailed ready for re-use or recycling. A lot of this natural material was in surprisingly good shape given its exposure to coastal weather and storms for almost 40 years.

Piling and the laying of foundations for the modular café and facilities blocks have also been completed. Offsite construction of these is well advanced and on track for delivery to the site soon when cranes will be used to lift the modules into position.

 

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Café and Kitchen Units arrive at Northam Burrows – Work Progressing towards Summer Opening for New Visitor Centre

The Modular Café and Kitchen units have now been delivered and installed at the Northam Burrows Visitor Centre site as the final layout of the facilities starts to emerge. The units were pre-assembled off-site and were craned into position ready for final fitting out and connection to utilities. The exterior of the units will now be clad in timber in the coming weeks as part of the design aimed at reducing the visual impact of the structures and blending them with the natural surroundings. The glass frontages and outdoor seating will both contribute to a unique spot to stop for a rest and refreshments for visitors to the area.