Looking for something adventurous for the children to do during the holidays? Our willow woodland is FAR more fun than a day in front of the TV! Whatever the weather we'll be out exploring and making a luxurious camp in the woods. We come with a programme and materials for the day, from there we include all the children's ideas and weave a magic mix of child lead and adult supported play, projects, games, exploration and camp creation.
Each day is different, here are some of the things we do:
- Den building
- Lighting fires without matches
- Telling stories, maybe we'll tell a tall tale in the den you make!
- Campfire cooking
- Outdoor crafting. We have lots of colourful wools and string to make anything from dream catchers to bows and arrows.
- Wild wide games; capture the flag; Making trails, hiding and tracking
- learn to use tools to make things such as pendants and jewellery
- Minibeast safaris
- Playing and exploring
- Rope walks
We have a campfire (usually with popcorn, bread or marshmallows to cook - yum!) and your child will have a chance to make something to take home - as well as new friends, muddy clothes and a big smile!
What ages do you take?
From age five to twelve or fourteen. While that seems like a wide spread we are used to having all ages on our events - so long as the children are enthusiastic we find it works!
How many places are available?
We generally take six children per instructor (max eight to one). That's why we have a waiting list - if there are enough children looking for a place we'll try to get another leader. Maximum group size is 20 to 30 depending on the site.
Is the whole day spent outside?
Yep. A whole day out in our beautiful woodlands! So bring your waterproofs and warm layers!
What if it rains?
We play in the rain! The day will go ahead whatever the sky throws at us, so it's important to dress for the weather. You'll definitely need waterproof trousers, a waterproof coat, good footwear and (hopefully) a sun hat and sun cream too!
No, but really - what if it rains?
Really! We like to throw up some tarpaulins to shelter under for lunch, but we'll still be out having fun!
What do they need to bring?
We'll be outside for the whole day, so they'll need:
- Warm layers
- waterproof trousers, essential kit
- waterproof coat, essential kit
- outdoor footwear (walking boots or wellies with warm socks)
- Packed lunch
- Plenty of drink for the day
- Mid morning and afternoons snacks
- A comfortable backpack to carry your day kit
My child has special needs, can they come?
Please ring us before booking to discuss your childs needs (07928 752707) or use the message button below. We try our best to involve everybody, the nature of the site and the activities may not suit everyone. Children with low levels of autism and dispraxia tend to love the camps. For everyone's safety, we can't accept children with a history of violent behaviour or running away.
Erm...the marshmallows...are they vegetarian? Beef free? Pork free?
Oh yes! We have a selection for everyone's dietary needs (though the veggie marshmallows are a different shape!). Let us know any dietary needs when you book and we'll have something that everyone can cook and eat.
Date and Time
These private woods are outside Windsor Great Park. Right opposite Blacknest Gate, turn up the private road, go past the houses and stables and as you enter the woodland you have arrived.
Blacknest House Cottage
Sunninghill, Berks SL5 7SA