Marble-ous Easter fun days at Drax pull in visitors

Giant bubbles and a huge marble run were just part of the fun for young visitors at a special Easter-themed set of events at a North Yorkshire nature reserve run by the UK’s biggest renewable power generator.

The egg-stravaganza at the Skylark Nature Reserve, owned by Drax Power Station, near Selby, also featured a seasonal Humpty Dumpty Egg Drop workshop as part of four days of events.

Special woodland word-search activities and a craft session run by the visitor centre team rounded off the family fun throughout the week at the 350-acre nature reserve at Barlow, which forms part of the power station site.

The sold-out event saw dozens of families and other visitors join the fun at the nature reserve. Developed by Drax in the early 1970s, it is now home to a variety of wildlife and is also a valuable educational resource for schools, colleges and local nature groups.

Jane Breach, Community Engagement & Visitor Centre Team Leader at Drax, said:

“Our events are always really popular – it was fantastic to see families and visitors of all ages enjoying the Easter holidays with us.

“Easter is a great opportunity for families to spend time together and we’re delighted they choose to do that with us here. There will be plenty more great events coming up and we look forward to seeing everyone again then.”

More than 12,000 people visited Drax Power Station in 2018 for tours, with many more also visiting the nature reserve.

For information on future events at Drax and the Skylark nature reserve, visit Facebook at or the Drax website at


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Notes to editors:

  • The Easter programme at the Skylark continues next week as children get the chance to build their own replica airship as part of celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the UK’s largest airship.
  • The huge R33 airship took to the skies for the first time on March 6, 1919 after being built at Barlow, next to Drax Power Station, near Selby, prompting Drax to host a celebratory airship workshop event as part of its drive to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.
  • Any members of the media wanting to come along to the airship workshop should contact Mark Duffell at MCD Communications: [email protected] or 07969080272

About Drax

Drax Group’s ambition is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future. Its 2,600-strong staff operate across three principal areas of activity – electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and compressed wood pellet production.

Power generation:

Drax owns and operates a portfolio of flexible, low carbon and renewable electricity generation assets across Britain. The assets include the UK’s largest power station, based at Selby, North Yorkshire, which supplies six percent of the country’s electricity needs.

Having converted two thirds of 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.

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.  It also owns and operates four gas power stations in England.

B2B supply:  

Drax owns two B2B energy supply businesses:

  • Haven Power, based in Ipswich, supplies electricity and energy services to large Industrial and Commercial sector businesses.
  • Opus Energy, based in Oxford, Northampton and Cardiff, provides electricity, energy services and gas to small and medium sized (SME) businesses.

Pellet production:

Drax owns and operates three pellet mills in the US South which manufacture compressed wood pellets (biomass) produced from sustainably managed working forests. These pellet mills supply around 20% of the biomass used by Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to generate flexible, renewable power for the UK’s homes and businesses.

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