THERE will only be a short Christmas break for the team at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The centre is organising a walk to shake off those Christmas calories and get people out and about enjoying the south Shropshire countryside instead of sitting at home.

Next Tuesday there will be a walk led by Grant Wilson, the manager of the Discovery Centre.

The walk will take people around the Onny Meadows.

No promises can be made about the weather and outdoor clothing and suitable shoes or boots will be needed.

It is an event that is open to the whole family including dogs and starts at 10.30am with a finish at 12noon just in time for lunch. The distance is about one-and-a half miles and is free.

The Discovery Centre plans to mark to end of the year with a children’s celebration.

There will be a chance to make a confetti popper. The cost is £4 and the activity is recommended for those aged between four and 11 years.

This will mark the end of a very difficult year for the Discovery Centre that like other attractions has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic with extended enforced periods of closure and limits on activities that can be staged because of social distancing requirements.

However, the centre is already preparing for a better 2021.

Activities planned for next month include a Big Birdwatch Weekend on Saturday January 30 and Sunday January 31.

There will be bird themed family activities including crafts.

Families will get the chance to make a bird feeder, to play the migration game, get creative, work out what different beaks are meant to eat and more. The cost is £4 and the activity is aimed at children aged between three and 11 years. Children must be accompanied and activities that should be booked in advance are between 10am and 4pm. There is a winter bird walk between 11am and 2pm.