Fun with Ranger Bear on the hide-and-seek trail

A new children’s activity trail at Bewl Water has Molly Miller on the hunt for a lost Ranger Bear and friends…


THERE’S a brand-new free activity trail for families with young children at Bewl Water, following the popular Christmas trail late last year.

The 800-acre site in Lamberhurst, Kent, already has much to recommend it with a host of healthy outdoor activities, including cycle hire, fishing, and adventure play.

And now, as part of Bewl Water’s commitment to inspiring more people to get outdoors this year and explore the site’s ancient semi-natural woodlands, this season’s new children’s activity is Ranger Bear’s Winter Quest.

Launched earlier this month following positive feedback from parents about the reservoir’s Elf Trail over the Christmas season, the new trail will give the whole family a reason to be outdoors.

Maps for the free activity can be collected from the Waterfront Café, which tell the story of Ranger Bear playing hide-and-seek with his friends – until they go missing in the woodlands.

Young explorers can help find the missing friends by following the clues and unscrambling the winning code.

Those who find Ranger Bear’s friends are in with a chance of winning a special prize, which can be collected back at the café.

Here, you can refuel and enjoy a range of winter-warming drinks, such as hot chocolate and coffee, plus snacks and hot food – and even treats for the family dog.

The fun doesn’t stop after the quest has been solved. Children can also enter Ranger Bear’s colouring competition to win an extra prize.

Crayons and activity sheets can be found at the Waterfront Café, and designs will need to be posted through Ranger Bear’s postbox. All entries will be displayed on Bewl Water’s Wall of Colouring Fame, with the winner announced on social media (@BewlWater) on March 17.

Car parking at Bewl Water costs £6 for the whole day, giving visitors access to the adventure pirate ship, playground, nature reserve, bird hide, mud kitchen, and more. There are also self-guided walking routes for a range of abilities that pass by grazing sheep and other wildlife.

Bewl Water is leased to Bewl Events & Waterpark, part of the group that owns One Media, publisher of the Times.

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