Families enjoy festive fun at Drax’s Skylark Centre

Santa and his elves welcomed hundreds of people to a special Christmas-themed event this week at the Skylark Nature Reserve, owned by Drax Power Station. 

Children got the chance to visit the magical Christmas grotto, meet Santa Claus and each receive a small gift at the three-day event run by the Drax visitor centre team.

Millie, 3 and Emilia, 5

The family fun day out featured activities to suit children of all ages including festive crafts, an I-Spy Christmas walk, a reindeer balloon race and a Snow-it-All quiz.

Esmay, 9

Jane Breach, Community Engagement & Visitor Centre Team Leader at Drax, said: “We’ve not been able to run our Christmas event at the Skylark Centre for the last two years due to Covid restrictions, so it was fantastic to see families and visitors of all ages enjoying the festive activities with us this year. There will be plenty more great events coming up next year and we look forward to seeing everyone again then. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” 

Children taking part in the reindeer balloon racing

For information on future events at Drax and the Skylark nature reserve, visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DraxGroup/ or the Drax website at https://www.drax.com/visit-us/#events.


Main photo caption:

  1. Warren, 3 meeting Santa with mum Emma

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Notes to editors:

Developed by Drax in the early 1970s, the Skylark Centre and Nature Reserve is located at Barlow, near Selby, and forms part of the power station site.

The 350-acre nature reserve is home to a variety of wildlife and is also a valuable educational resource for schools, colleges and local nature groups.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Drax Power Station welcomed more than 12,000 visitors each year. The power station reopened earlier this year to welcome schools and colleges for educational tours.

About Drax

Drax Group’s purpose is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future and in 2019 announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology.

Drax’s around 3,000 employees operate across three principal areas of activity – electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and compressed wood pellet production and supply to third parties. For more information visit www.drax.com

Power generation:

Drax owns and operates a portfolio of renewable electricity generation assets in England and Scotland. The assets include the UK’s largest power station, based at Selby, North Yorkshire, which supplies five percent of the country’s electricity needs.

Having converted Drax Power Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal it has become the UK’s biggest renewable power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe. It is also where Drax is piloting the groundbreaking negative emissions technology BECCS within its CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage) Incubation Area.

Its pumped storage, hydro and energy from waste assets in Scotland include Cruachan Power Station – a flexible pumped storage facility within the hollowed-out mountain Ben Cruachan.

The Group also aims to build on its BECCS innovation at Drax Power Station with a target to deliver 4 million tonnes of negative CO2 emissions each year from new-build BECCS outside of the UK by 2030 and is currently developing models for North American and European markets.

Pellet production and supply:

The Group has 19 operational pellet plants and developments with nameplate production capacity of around 5 million tonnes a year.

Drax is targeting 8 million tonnes of production capacity by 2030, which will require the development of over 3 million tonnes of new biomass pellet production capacity. The pellets are produced using materials sourced from sustainably managed working forests and are supplied to third party customers in Europe and Asia for the generation of renewable power.

Drax’s pellet plants supply biomass used at its own power station in North Yorkshire, England to generate flexible, renewable power for the UK’s homes and businesses, and also to customers in Europe and Asia.


Drax supplies renewable electricity to UK businesses, offering a range of energy-related services including energy optimisation, as well as electric vehicle strategy and management.

To find out more go to the website www.energy.drax.com