Free legendary family days out in nature
Come my little ones, we are going on a magical stroll to find the entrance to fairyland. On the first step of this mystical journey, we can hear the laughter and joy of a time many rising moons ago.
The memories this place holds tells of a time when dragons roared their fiery breath across the sky, when Kings fought in battle to save island tribes, when gentle folk slept under oak umbrellas, and when naughty fairies enchanted victims with the promise of gold.
So, my little ones, go find your coat and pull on your boots, make ready for us to go explore.
This project, kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, provides for free days out in nature for families.
Many families today find it hard to keep children amused and entertained without spending vast amounts of money they simply do not have.
So, we at Nature Therapy CIC, took ten ancient legends associated with the Isle of Wight and created a book of stories for children.
Some of the legends stretch back over hundreds of years. The legends have endured because they are just as relevant to children and families today as they were all those years ago. They tell tales of enduring love, bullying, kindness, greed, passion and vanity.
The stories include dragons, fairies, ancient kings, knights and witches. Families can read the stories together and then visit each of the beautiful locations where the legend was born to breathe life into the people that once existed.
The book gives clues as to where a nature cache is hidden along with ideas for fun nature based activities to do whilst in the area. Search for the fairy doors associated with each legend through which the little people pass into their magic realm.
Nature Therapy CIC worked with 20 volunteer families to co-create this amazing adventure into the island's living heritage.
The resulting book was made available free to over 200 island families who might not otherwise have been been able to afford expensive days out.
UPDATE February 2018
If you would like a copy of the book, then please contact us direct. We have recently been awarded an additional grant from Tesco's Bags of Change project so we can distribute more free books to families and organisations who would benefit.
These are just three of the ten legends included in the book. Where possible, as much of the original legend is included in the children stories.
However, some artistic licence has taken place to ensure the stories appeal to children.
The Last Celtic King
The Isle of Wight was the last Celtic stronghold in England. King Arwald was the last Celtic King
The Gory Story of Michael Morey
A sorry tale of a grandfather's feelings for his grandson
Sir Robert the Vain
Sir Robert was Governor of the island in the 17th century. He lived at Yarmouth Castle