New witch in Nelson

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There’s a new witch in town at Victoria Park in Nelson!

Vicky Witch has flown into her new home and invites families with young children to enjoy her magical activity trail around the park.

The Vicky Witch activity trail will officially launch on Friday, May,1st with an afternoon of fun outdoor activities and storytelling.

The activity trail is the creation of Pendle Council staff. It brings together fun nature tasks and physical activities in a one mile walking route for families with young children.

Six activity stations along the route challenge youngsters with tasks that use sights and sounds within the park. And the grown-ups can join in too!

Chainsaw artist Mike Burgess has created wooden sculptures of Vicky Witch and her friends Bargvest the boggart, Ghost the owl, Trash the dog, Brock the badger and Unsworth the dragon.

Senior Park Keeper Lee Johnson had the idea for the characters, based on Lancashire folklore. Lee said: “We wanted to create a trail within the park to get families out getting active together in the fresh air – but above all having fun!

“Keen to exploit Pendle’s witch links, we’ve created Victoria Park’s own witch Vicky, and her friends are all based on local legend. Together they offer a fun way for families to make their way around a one mile route within the park.”

Pat Kelly, Secretary of the Friends of Victoria Park who has been working with the council on the activity trail, said: “It’s exciting to see this project come to fruition. The trail is sure to be popular with families and we’re delighted that Victoria Park now has an added attraction for them.

“We’re hoping for good weather over the early May bank holiday weekend to encourage families to come down and explore the trail.”

For more information about the Vicky Witch activity trail, contact Pendle Council’s Neighbourhoods department on 661600 or

You can also keep in touch with Vicky Witch on her Facebook page – search for ‘Vicky Witch activity trail’.