Youngsters dig up the past at lake attraction

A Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator at the archaeological Dig Pit at Stanwick Lakes
A Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator at the archaeological Dig Pit at Stanwick Lakes

Community environmental charity the Rockingham Forest Trust opened a new and exciting attraction last weekend at Stanwick Lakes –an archaeological dig pit.

Children had a great time delving into the pit with a trowel to unearth gems, bones and treasures, and even a dragon skull, beneath the sand.

To celebrate the opening weekend, the children were helped to dig up and identify their finds by archaeologist Paul Foskett and a wonderful Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator.

The Nene Valley has a fascinating history of Romans, Saxons and Celts so there is no better place than Stanwick Lakes to become an archaeologist for the afternoon.

The dig pit, which was created with the help of funding from Northamptonshire County Council, will be open every Saturday of the school summer holiday school holidays between 1 and 4pm.

A 30 minute session costs £3.50 per child. Booking on 01933 625522 is advised as places are going fast.

Other family activities taking place this summer include Spies Like Us, where children can follow a detective trail, Go Wild, where people can discover the animals at the lakes and Time Travellers, a Victorian dress up and play event.

Visit the website www.stanwicklakes.org.uk to find out more about what’s happening each day.

Rockingham Forest Trust is an environmental charity which creates and conserves special green spaces.