"To inform and educate visitors about the history and environment of the surrounding area"
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre is open to the public every Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm, plus other special events (e.g. Wild Wednesdays, 2-4pm, during most school holidays)
'So Much More to Explore' - and now so much easier!
Our new information panels have appeared locally, along with waymarking roundels, to guide you to Bracken Hall, and to other local places of interest. These are the last part of our project funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The panels are located near to Roberts Park (on the way to the Tramway), on the Nature Trail upstream from Roberts Park, and near the pub on Shipley Glen. We hope they'll help you explore more of what there is to do, the local history, and what other tourist attractions and services are available. The waymarkers will guide you from each panel to the Countryside Centre so we hope to see you there soon!
'So Much More to Explore' - and now so much easier!
Simply follow the Bracken Hall Countryside Centre roundels to get you from near Roberts Park and the Tramway, or from the footbridge across the river from Hirst Wood. The waymarked routes all provide decently surfaced paths to get you to the Centre
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre – what is it to you (and you to it)?
'Oh, Bracken Hall closed years ago,' is a common comment from Baildon residents, as is, 'I last visited there when my children were small – they're grown up now!' The first was true, briefly, but it has been operated by BTC for the past 6 years, with regular special events and activities, and the latter – well – why not come and discover what has changed and what's in the pipeline – perhaps you could or should be more involved, or at least pay it another visit! Just call in – the Centre is open every Saturday and Sunday, midday to 4pm, and is generally staffed by enthusiastic volunteers, who'd all love to show you around or have a chat over a cuppa and discuss why they volunteer and what they do (which is anything from opening and running the Centre to leading walks, facilitating events or creating new activities or displays, to gardening). Maybe you're a teacher or you have kids at local schools – why not arrange an affordable, professionally facilitated visit – all ages, many subjects, all memorable. Then there are various current and new groups to try: HALE runs Baildon Men's Shed on Thursday mornings; if you care for preschool children or grandchildren during the week then maybe you'd like to help restart the 'Brackentots' sessions.
January 2023 Events:
- Baildon Men's Shed: Thursdays, 10am-midday, woodwork, good company, warm welcome. For more info contact James of HALE on 07946 155 347.
- Saplings Forest School Parent and Toddler sessions. Starts Wed 11th January, then each Wednesday during term. Run by qualified Sponge Tree employee. Details/booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/saplings-forest-school-parent-tots-tickets-479296377367
- January's theme is feeding and spotting winter birds - lots of activities all month linked to the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch (which runs 27-29 January)
- Guided walk with John Dallas. Meet 10.30am on Friday 27th January at BHCC. Walk will include various routes in Shipley Glen and via Hirst Mill. Please bring your own refreshments and wear appropriate clothing and stout footwear
John Dallas's full programme of walks for 2023 is:
Feb 24th - Drumlins by 'Dick Hudsons', Eldwick and Load Pit Lane
March 24th - Shipley Glen, Sconce, Moorside and Baildon Bank
April 28th - to Cartwright Hall Museum via Heaton Woods
May 26th - to Hawksworth Spring Woods and return
June 23rd - To Ilkley and Manor House via Twelve Apostles
July 28th - To Prince of Wales Park via Milnerfield and Gawthorpe
August 11th - Family walk -Up and down Shipley Glen exploring as we go
August 18th - Family walk - Pond dip and ID up on Baildon Moor
Sept 22nd - to Cliffe Castle Museum, returning by bus/train to Saltaire
October 27th - to Menston (Station) by Baildon, Faweather and a Silk Mill!
November 24th - to Bradford Industrial Museum via the canal towpath
NB all walks start at Bracken Hall at 10.30am unless stated otherwise - approximate finish times, distances and other info will be added here in due course
View from the wildlife garden showing part of the new pergola, the glass 'wall' of the new HUB, and the pre-existing Classroom (left)
The glass wall now forms the main entrance to the Centre. The pergola will play many roles including habitat for climbing plants, a place to sit, and, by use of screens suspended between the uprights, an excellent spot to view the wildlife in the garden
The Countryside Centre engages with many different aspects of the countryside, seeking inspiration from the surrounding countryside. We have a trail of carved rocks in our Wildlife Garden - can you find them all??
Access to BHCC and how can you help!
The Centre endeavours to open every Saturday and Sunday, midday to 4pm, except for Christmas Day. For the most part, the Centre is staffed and activities and events are led by volunteers. Could that be you? Why not pay us a visit or contact the Manager to discuss how you could get involved.
Please watch this space for further updates
School Educational visits and other bookings at Bracken Hall
The Centre has a proud tradition of educational visits, and continues to offer tailored sessions for any age group. The Centre is also available to hire for private and third-party groups, for activities and events in keeping with its countryside location and ethos. Hire rates are very reasonable (£50/day; £30/half-day; £15/hour) as are charges for our approved educational provider if required. Please contact the Manager for further details.
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, BD17 5EA
Follow us online, on Facebook, or phone Richard White 07938 063 062, or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific enquiries