REDDITCH youngsters can become explorers and get up close and personal with wildlife at the official opening of a new family art trail.

Families are invited to attend the event between 1pm and 2.30pm on Friday, July 25, during which time children can get up close and personal with exotic animals from Creepy Encounters and parents can get advice and ideas from the Early Help Team.

The trail, which is located in the Millennium Woods at Arrow Valley Park, will be opened by the mayor, Councillor Pat Witherspoon, at 1.45pm. The artists who designed the trail in partnership with Redditch Council will also be there to talk to interested visitors.

Arts and events officer, Huw Moseley, said: “The new art trail is great for little explorers with big imaginations and has been created in a safe environment so that even the less adventurous can have a fun day out.

"Spend a sunny afternoon in the park at our opening event and get a free, fun, family friendly day out with a bit of a difference."

The family art trail is suitable for families with younger children.

The opening event is taking place in line with Love Parks Week (July 25 - August 3) and is also registered as one of the 50 events to mark 50 years since Redditch became a new town.

For more information, contact Mr Moseley on 01527 881381 or email