Wild in the Woods
Dernwood Children’s Woodland Club
We’re excited to be running some great Children’s woodland club groups this year with Laura Warren. Laura is a Forest School Practitioner with a kind and sensitive child led approach to learning. She provides a fun space for all to explore (including adults!) and develop together at their own pace. This gives young people the opportunity to build their self confidence and self reliance in a safe environment. Laura has a passion for nature and learning through exploration, observation and play. She also has particular skills with nature crafts, and healthy seasonal outdoor cooking. The sessions create a special time to spend with your family in the woods, to have fun, learn a new skill and to appreciate the wonders of nature. 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”
Sessions are run Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer.
Other days may be possible for groups of 6 children or more please email to find out.
Themes on offer are:
Dragons, Fairies and Wizards
In ancient times Dragons were thought to have lived in woods like Dernwood, maybe they still do! Woodlands are magical places where fairies and wizards live. Make your own wands, mix up potions and weave magical spells to get closer to these mystical beings. Make your own dragon to take away from local clay.
2 hours Suitable for families with Children aged 3+
Have a go at lighting a fire without matches! Learn how to build a fire, and be safe around it, whittle a stick to cook your own campfire bread.
2.5 hours Suitable for families and age 6+
Camouflage and Bows
Make your own bow and arrow, use natural camouflage to hide from your friends.
2.5 hours Suitable for families and age 6+
Drawing in nature
Sitting calmly drawing in nature encourages skills of observation and understanding, being quiet and still in the woods often means you can notice more wildlife. Spend some time drawing a view or natural item you find interesting. Make charcoal over the fire you can take home.
2.5 hours Suitable for ages 5+
Forest People NEW!
When the woods were part of the ‘Forbidden Forest’ thousands of years ago people would survive using everything in the woods. They would be very ‘in tune’ with the forest to be able to hunt and survive. Learn some of their skills through games and activities. Make a special treasure pouch to take home.
2.5 hours Suitable for children aged 6+
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 games, have a go at making a natural craft and fire lighting, join us round the fire for a cup of nettle tea and a snack the children have cooked for you.
Types of activities they might do: – den/shelter making, nature walk, make natural balms, clay pots, nature art, spinners, use of hand tools, saw wood disks, elder beads, mud kitchen for little ones!
2 hours Suitable for children aged 5+
Meet your spirit animal
Go on a walk to find evidence of animals, choose an animal you have a special connection with, what are their qualities? cut a disc of wood, draw or paint your animal or its track mark. Tell and listen to animal stories around the fire.
2 hours Suitable for families and children aged 4+
All activities will have a fire (weather permitted) and a healthy snack cooked over the fire, we may also play games, sings songs or have a story round the fire.
All staff are DBS checked and Laura has a current first aid qualification, relevant insurance and Level 3 Forest School training.
To check availability for your dates and book click here
£18 aged 5 above
£12 aged 2 – 4
£12 Sibling discount
Two siblings £30, three siblings £42 (£12 per additional sibling)
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
Any questions do call or email Laura
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.