IT IS the school summer holidays and to keep boredom at bay, Severn Trent rangers at Tittesworth Water near Leek have organised a host of fun activities to keep the kids – and accompanying adults – entertained.
Severn Trent Water ranger, Sarah Mountford, explained: "Summer at Tittesworth is great and we have got the perfect cures for boredom with lots going on during the six weeks school holiday.
"For thrill-seekers, you can get out on the water safely with a qualified instructor, to learn canoeing, kayaking or even raft building. Or for budding Robin Hoods or Game of Thrones fans, you can learn climbing or archery all with our partners, Peak Pursuits.
"We are keen on getting kids out and about, spotting, exploring and burning energy – pop into the visitors' centre and play Birdwatch Bingo, which encourages children and identify birds.
"If there is a group or a large family it's a competition to get to full house first."
On Sunday, August 31, staff at Tittesworth will be celebrating summer with a live music from popular Leek band One Million Fingers. This event will also include a barbecue.
If you like a treat on a trip out, everyday from 10am until 6pm the Tittesworth cafe has delicious food and yummy homemade cakes, which are perfect for afternoon tea. There are also stunning walks around the reservoir, with our short 1.5 mile trail providing some spectacular views across to the Roaches.
Sarah added: "Tittesworth is teeming with wildlife, birds and butterflies, so children can learn about the environment as they explore.
"Recently, we have spotted a Burnet Moth in one of our hay meadows – it's black with red spots. This species can be seen during the day when the sun is shining, their colouring is said to warn birds off from eating them because – unlike our cakes – they don't taste good.
"We also rescued a Pippistrelle bat, which was found on the decking outside our visitors centre. We looked after it and called the Bat Helpline to find a local expert to help make him better. If visitors would like to find out more about local wildlife, come and have a chat with our team."
Rangers at Tittesworth Water will be keeping visitors up-to-date with activities on their STWTittesworth Facebook page and @STWTittesworth Twitter profile. Simply follow and join the conversation. To find out more about days out at all of Severn Trent Water's visitor sites, go to stwater.co.uk/daysout.