Excitement is building here in Cowplain for the annual Cowplain Cow Trail in Queen’s Inclosure Woods on Saturday, June 11.
And this year to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday our theme is ‘Trooping of the Cows’.
It’s all being organised by St Wilfrid’s Church and Caterpillar Crafts.
Each year we invite people of all ages who live, work or play in the community here to make cows as big or small as they like for a trail through the woods.
You can use whatever materials you like – cardboard, junk, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, paint etc. – and it can be 2D or 3D.
The herd of cows will then be hidden around the woods for families to find between 11am and 1pm.
It’s a great way of celebrating the life of the community here and of having fun together.
It’s a lovely event and also a great opportunity to get people out to explore their beautiful local wood, which a lot of people don’t even know about.
If you’d like to join others to make your cow, we’re holding a holiday cow making workshop at St Wilfrid’s on Thursday 2 June from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Do come and join in if you’re able to.
On the day itself as well as the cow spotting trail there will also be cow-related crafts and games including splat-the-pat, refreshments of cowpat cookies and milk and a raffle.
It’s all free but donations would be welcome and all proceeds will be donated to Naomi House Hospice.
So how did Cowplain get its name? It’s thought to have been inspired by The Spotted Cow pub, in London Road, which dates back as far as 1867.
Locals called the stretch of land around it Cow Plain. In those days ‘plain’ meant any stretch of open land, not necessarily a large area. More houses were built on Cow Plain and by the late 19th century it had become a thriving little village.
The Queen’s Inclosure, which is off London Road, is a fragment of the former Royal Forest of Bere and is thought to be named after Queen Victoria.
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