Pioneer Fundays at Woodlands!

Pioneer fundays


They are back – Woodlands Pioneer Fundays these school holidays.

There will be alpacas to pat,  old fashioned games to play and lots of fun for the entire family.

“We’ll be having the lovely vintage tractors and machinery out, a petting zoo for children and all those great old games, such as sack races and egg and spoon races,” says Woodlands manager Kirstie Alley.


Woodlands fundays

People can try their hand at old skills like corn shucking and a host of other activities. Lord and Lady Black, both locals, will be there again with their Victorian games, including quoits and pick-up-sticks.

The established gardens at Woodlands are always worth a stroll through, and of course, the historic house is open for all to enjoy.

“The Woodlands Estate is beautiful, it’s wonderful to see it coming alive with a celebration of things from the past. People can bring a picnic or enjoy lunch at Prof’s Cafe. We hope to see you there.”

This time around it is a return of all the favourites.



The Pioneer Fundays are from Tuesday 20 April, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 April, 10am to 2pm at Woodland’s Estate, Whitikahu Rd, Gordonton.


There will be speedy sack racers –


photo of sack races


Ponies to pat –


Woodlands Pioneer Fundays


And vintage machinery to admire, and possibly ride on –



Photo of oldsmobile


Woodlands fundays



Photo of vintage tractor

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