Wild in the Woods

Dernwood Children’s Woodland Club

We’re excited to be running some great Children’s woodland club groups again this year with Laura Warren.

As a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader training with the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Laura has over 7 years experience running fun and creative outdoor sessions to develop and support mental well-being, inspire creativity, build resourcefulness and confidence through being in the woods connecting to nature and the arts.

What to expect:

A special time for your children and family to have adventures and fun in the woods. Try bushcraft, discover ancient knowledge of woodlands and their people, discover and learn about local wildlife,  learn a new skill,  and experience a little woodland magic!

Laura provides a relaxed, safe, informative and inspiring space for all to explore and learn – including adults! Laura has a patient and kind manner being used to working with children of all ages and abilities. Fostering a sense of respect and sensitivity to the natural resources we use in the sessions.

We will have a fire (weather permitted) do some wild cooking over the fire,  play nature skills games and have a story round the fire at the end. Have some well deserved ‘adult only time’ or give the kids a unique experience to remember and time for them to be ‘wild in the woods’!

Clem Aged 7 “LOVED all of it, and especially enjoyed making nettle pancakes, she described the experience in her show and tell last week at school”

All staff are DBS checked and Laura has a current first aid qualification, relevant insurance and Level 3 Forest School training. We have worked to alter our ways of working with groups in the woods, groups are smaller and additional risk assessments have been done.  Please email if you would like to see our Covid-19 procedures and we will be happy to send them out to you.

To check availability for your dates and book (these are not drop in events)  click here

Wild In the Woods children’s woodland activities at Dernwood Farm – Various dates and activities over the summer to book your little and big ones on to have some wild woodland fun! Follow this link to find out more and to book :-  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wild-in-the-woods-30657528926

Email – wildinthewoods88@gmail.com for large groups, other dates or bespoke activities.

Weekend Dates
18th June
23/24 July
30/31 July
6/7 Aug
27/28 Aug

Please email wildinthewoods88@gmail.com to request and find out more.

Adults and under 2’s free!

Children aged 2 – 5 need to be accompanied by an adult
Aged 6 + can be unaccompanied,  adults are welcome


Laura is available for group bookings of 6 or more children, Birthdays, schools groups and sessions for older children, to run the sessions below or tailor activities for your group.

Phone: 07784 684541

Themes on offer are:

Camouflage and Bows
Very popular! Make your own bow and arrow from local Hazel green wood, learn to shoot your bow safely, make and use natural camouflage to hide from your friends!
2.5 hours                 Suitable for families and age 6+  

Woodland Gnomes and potions
Have you ever wanted to make your own magic potion? Make a woodland gnome out of wood and take them on a journey to meet magical beings that live in the woods, complete the tasks along the way and collect the ingredients for a magic potion to make and take home.
2.5 hours                          Suitable for families with Children aged 3+

Sunday Morning Session
Forest School inspired activities for a lazy or busy Sunday morning!
Leave the kids while you pack up your tents. Play woodland nature games, make a den and have a go at making a natural craft join us at the end round the fire for a cup of nettle tea and a story created by the group!

Types of activities they might do: – sneaking and creeping games, woodland challenge, capture the flag, den/shelter making, nature walk, nature spotting, clay pots, nature art, spinners, use of hand tools, saw wood disks, fire lighting, elder beads.
2.5 hours                         Suitable for children aged 5+

Campfire craft – Food and Fire
Complete the fire challenge!  Light a fire without matches, learn how to build a fire, and be safe around it.  Make a cooking tool (tongs or whittled stick) out of wood and cook your own snack over the fire. Try some wild foraged food. Play nature games and enjoy your food around the fire with a story.
2.5 hours                  Suitable for families and age 6+

Woodland Artists  – Make charcoal for drawing and paint from natural local resources to take home. Make your own woodland sketch book, sit calmly in nature and use your new woodland art materials to record what you see, hear, feel. Have a snack cooked on the fire.
2 hours                        Suitable for families and children aged 4+

 Green Woodwork for older kids
Sit round the fire to learn how to use a tool (knife/peeler) safely to make an item out of green wood to take home, whist the fire crackles. Items could be made – staff, sign for bedroom, butter knife, mallet, beads and nettle string. Time and support to work on a project. Snack cooked over the fire.
2.5 hours                     Suitable Aged 7+ and able to use a peeler or whittling knife

£25 per child

Group bookings of 4 children minimum