Join us for a morning of fun and child led adventure in our wonderful woodland playground.

Every child can be themselves at Saplings, free to safely explore where their curiosity leads. The short walk to Beech Camp begins the adventure as old hands and new visitors alike begin the excited chatter about what might be in store.

Up the hill, through the trees and around the giant beech, brings little legs and eager hands to our main camp in all its woodland wonder.

Saplings follows the Forest School ethos where your child is empowered to lead their play and develop their unique interests along with their confidence and an appreciation of the natural world. Each week a diverse and creative range of nature based activities, crafts and games are available to enjoy as their mood takes them.  There are firm favourites too that always remain; the mud kitchen, wooden xylophone, nature’s climbing frame and of course the heart of our camp, the fire. 

Saplings is enjoyed year round whatever the weather, fostering a positive can do attitude to everything life may throw at us, and helping one and all appreciate the beauty and wonder to be found in every season.

Gaining confidence, learning new skills, kindling fires and friendships, all these things happen naturally for every child at Saplings at a pace that is natural and fun. It’s your weekly sanctuary where you can reconnect, recharge and enjoy your child happy at play, making magical memories of childhood to last a lifetime.

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Dates & Timings

Fridays
9-10.30am & 11-12.30pm

We run all year round. During the school holidays older siblings are welcome to join in the fun too, please just add them to your booking.

To check availability click the ‘Book Now’ button and scroll through the calendar.

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Other Useful Information

The group is aimed at 1-5 year olds, but if you feel that your child is ready before they turn one, then please do book a session up to try it out! Infant siblings are welcome in slings/carrier and ‘off road’ pushchairs.

A participating adult from each family must remain with the group. There is a maximum supervision ratio of one adult to three children.

Hot drinks provided, including real coffee, herbal teas and yummy hot chocolate. Please bring a snack to share and pop it on the refreshments table.

You’ll find a map and directions and an info sheet on the session here.

There is no minimum commitment! You can book individual sessions if you like. However, if you’re planning to come regularly the we’d recommend purchasing a 10 session pass, which saves you 20% and is valid for any sessions within a 12 week period (see info below).

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Individual Session Prices

First child:
£8.50 per session

Additional Siblings:
£5.00 per session*

*We do not charge for infant siblings in slings/pushchairs, but as soon as your little one is toddling please do book their place in the normal way.

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Save 20% with a 10 Session Pass

10 Sessions for the price of 8, valid for up to 12 weeks.

£68 for the first child, £40 for additional siblings.

Once purchased, you can allocate your pass credits to any 10 dates within the following 12 weeks through our online booking system. This can either be done in one go or individually within 12 weeks of purchasing the pass, as your plans become clearer!
Receive a free Hidden Woods jute bag with the first pass you purchase!

Location

Hidden Woods is located in a beautiful 80 acre broadleaf woodland called Farleigh Wood, accessed directly off the A36 near Farleigh Hungerford (BA2 7NH)

 

Can't do Fridays? Why not join us for one of our Sunday morning family sessions instead.

Great morning spent in the woods with my 3.
Barney and Lilly are both great at including and interacting with all of the children making it a lovely experience.
I was concerned at being outnumbered and the age of my children that they would run in all directions (2x2 & 4). But as there is lots to explore and play with it felt safe but gave them freedom to explore.
Will definitely be back again.
— Kerry, Summer 2018
Have attended the friday morning sessions and recently had my son’s 5th birthday party here. I can only say this is the by far the best forest school i’ve ever been to (and with 2 kids i’ve been to quite a few). The place is magical, its well run, and the staff are truly wonderful. Again, i’ve been to and organised lots of kids birthday parties, and not only was it by far the most enjoyable for me, but so many parents have said it was the best party they’d ever been to! (mainly dads!). So inclusive, so relaxing, so much fun. Thank you Steve and team, particularly the legendary Barney and Julie. xx
— Claire, Autumn 2018