Latest update (September 2020):
Many thanks to all our visitors and supporters for your continued patience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, Bracken Hall Countryside Centre has remained closed since March 2020, but we are making plans to reopen the Centre in at least some capacity.
Our current plan is twofold:
1. That certain parts of Centre will be open to the general public on specific dates. We will obviously have to control the number of people on site at any one time. This may involve pre-booking in advance (e.g. via this website) or a first come, first served system on the door if busy (with an option to book a timed slot). The initial plan is to allow entry into the garden and hopefully some of the exhibition space. We also hope to offer individual craft or educational activities at COVID-secure workstations on certain days, subject to the weather and availability
2. That groups will be able to use the Centre for educational visits. We are working on making the Centre COVID-secure for such visits. We will obviously require visiting groups to comply with the Centre's own COVID-19 risk assessment, and complete their own group specific risk assessment.
For updates on these, please see this page, or with specific enquiries, contact Richard White, the Centre Manager (contact details below)
With the changing seasons there is still a lot to see. Teasles are great for wildlife and lend themselves to craft activities.
Rosehips give colour in the countryside, can be used to make wonderful country wine, and provide a valuable food source for wildlife through the lean, winter months
The Centre's Victorian Bramley Apple trees have cropped heavily again in 2020, and make notoriously good apple crumble!
Two years on from its overhaul that involved being completely emptied and replanted, the Centre's pond is thriving and provides water for all sorts of wildlife activities including being a very large bird bath
Fancy some free colour in your garden in 2021? Now is a good time to collect some seeds. These very familiar seed pods are honesty, and will provide either vivid purple or white flowers in spring - but you won't know which unless you plant some and try
Please watch this space for updates.
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, BD17 5EA
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