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December 11, 2019
Festive Fun Days

 Get in the festive spirit at Moors Valley (15 & 22 Dec) with fun Christmas crafts and activities, whilst raising money for good causes. Activities include willow stars, candle making, mulled wine, roast chestnuts, a few stalls with local crafts and gifts, and performances from Dorset Youth Marching Band. Don’t forget to wear your favourite Christmas jumper!  
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Work Parties & Pudding Plod

How about some gentle exercise to counterbalance Christmas indulgence? Come along to Durlston's weekly work parties (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 10am - 1pm, except 25 and 26 December). Keep an eye out for Durlston's festive events running through December including the Christmas Pudding Plod Fun Run, Wrapping up for Christmas craft event and our Christmas Trail suitable for adults and kids. 

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Letters to Santa
Have you posted your letter to Santa yet? Head along to the Heathland Discovery Centre at Avon Heath (open daily, 10am - 4pm) and you'll find a special post box for those all-important Christmas wishes. While you're there, pick up some Eco Friendly Reindeer Dust, try our Christmas Treasure Trail and head over to the café for some tasty treats and warming drinks.
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Lost Words in Dorset 

Looking for something FREE to do with the whole family this Christmas? Come and explore the Lost Words Trail at Thorncombe Wood. Trail leaflets will be available in the car park and Visitor Centre throughout the holidays and into next year. For those members of the family with mobility issues, off road Trampers can be hired from the Visitor Centre. 

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Stay Active this Winter

Whilst it is cold outside, it is more important than ever to make a conscious effort to stay active and get out and about. Staying active reduces the risk of developing dementia by 30% and can delay the onset of disability and frailty.  The Stepping into Nature project has lots of activities to help.

Photo by Katie Wilkinson

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Take a closer look

The Rangers based at Hardy's Birthplace now have five shiny new pairs of binoculars thanks to generous funding from Stepping into Nature. These new binoculars will be available for use by attendees of the Woodland Wellbeing Walks and Wildlife Wanders, so if you fancy joining in, please book your places on 01305 251228.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Fancy a round of golf with your friends and family this Christmas? Moors Valley's Health and Activity team is offering £12 a round for the 12 days of Christmas (16 - 29 December (excluding 25 and 26 December). Online booking is not available for this seasonal offer. Please phone the Moors Valley Golf and Activity Centre on 01425 479776 to book your tee time.

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Waterfall Watching

Volunteers have been working hard to create a stunning water feature at Avon Heath Country Park. Lots of visitors have said they love listening to the sound of babbling water, and watching birds splashing in the shallow pond and waterfall. Pop along to the park and see what wildlife you can spot going for a dip!
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Let's Go! Share your Walkies!

Everyone is welcome to Dorset Dogs 'walkies' but we know not everyone can come along.....which is why we've created a Facebook 'walkies' album. Send your photos in and we'll put them in the album. Did you know you can join Dorset Dogs at one of our 'walkies' or online? Send in your dog's photo for the new members' page and get your free joining pack.
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Get Active in 2020!

Activate Coast & Greenspace Physical Activities brochure 2020 is coming out in January. Keep an eye out at local community hubs in East Dorset and surrounding areas or request a copy via email. A perfect way to burn off those Christmas calories with outdoor based activities such as Nordic walking, running and cycling to mention just a few.

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