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Niki Willows


Hello - I'm Niki and I love to be outside and preferably playing!

My background is Forest Schools, children with complex needs and play development. I have also worked with communities on their play spaces and I guest lecture at a couple of colleges in the South West. 

I live in North Cornwall although I grew up on the North Norfolk Coast. I love the sea and am passionate about beach cleaning. I have organised the last two Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) Beach Cleans in Porthtowan and I am SAS Rep' for our village - and I don't even surf! - I try to re-cycle or be creative with what I pick up. 

My key skills are making something out of nothing and playing with mud.

I run workshops on a variety of things from outdoor play and teaching on the beach to craft sessions.  I also mentor Forest School students for Nature Workshops and run Forest School courses with Woodland Adventurers. I am available for continuing professional development (CPD) sessions for staff teams in schools or nurseries. I have recently run day workshops for The Countryside Management Association and the Education Acheivement Service of South Wales.

I love to work outside with families exploring what is on their doorstep and run a term time outdoor play session on Friday mornings near Redruth; All Weather Tots and The Small Wood Play Sessions in Porthtowan on Wednesdays.

If you're an educator have a look at Inspirational Outdoors, an outdoor play and learning confernce this June. We have some great speakers and workshop leaders

I hope to meet you soon - if you have any questions there are Instagram and Facebook links below, get in touch

Keep it natural :)


 ''This is our favourite place to be, thank you'' - All Weather Tots parent - May 2016, Cornwall

''That was the best training ever, can you just stay please?!''  Staff CPD session focussing on play and risk - Feb 2016, Drove Primary School, Swindon 


 ''Fab day, lots of ideas to take back to school'' Taking the Curriculum Outside - July 2015, Bath & North East Somerset Council


 ''I've been on a lot of training over the last 20 years, but this time I feel I've learnt something''  Thinking Outside the Box - July 2015, Education Achievement Service for South East Wales



''The best training day ever!'' Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space - June 2015, Wiltshire Council





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