Secret Wood set to return

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Scarborough’s Secret Wood event is set to return to Raincliffe Woods after a two-year break.

It will take place on Saturday October 26 from 10am to 4pm with plenty of car parking available.

The popular event has always drawn large crowds - including many families - to enjoy the woodland and learn more about traditional crafts and forest pursuits.

The last event, in 2011, proved a big hit and was supported by groups such as the North East Geology Trust.

Formerly organised by the Friends of Raincliffe Woods, the Secret Wood will this year be organised by Raincliffe Community Enterprise - a group which has been set up to look at the possibility of starting a social enterprise in the woodland.

Committee member John Bradley said: “We’re delighted the Secret Wood is coming back.

“We’re hoping it will now continue year on year. Everyone is looking forward to it and it’s something we’re very keen to keep going.”

John added that the group is hoping they will also be able to bring additional events to the woodland in future, with further updates to come.

The event in October is set to feature an array of traditional craft demonstrations, such as wood turning, where visitors can learn more and have a go themselves.

There will be a number of stalls and representatives from various organisations, such as Natural England.

Children will be kept busy with hands-on activities and will be able to learn new skills.

As always, admission to the event will be completely free of charge.

Mr Bradley said: “As long as we can keep getting funding towards the event, we’ll endeavour to keep it going.

“It gets people into the woodland and everyone really enjoys it. It’s always been well received and very busy.”

The Raincliffe Woods Enterprise group is looking at bringing a big, new event to the woodland next year, but plans are in the initial stages and are being kept under wraps at the moment. Details will be printed nearer the time in the Scarborough News.