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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Date & Timings

Fridays
9-10.30am & 11-12.30pm

We run all year round (except Christmas). 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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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.

 

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)

Other useful info

  • 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.

  • Babies welcome in slings/carriers 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

  • We ask families to bring some food to share with the group where possible – this is all part of the culture of sharing that we encourage with the little ones

  • Please see our FAQs page for additional information

  • After completing your booking you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to an info sheet for the group, as well as a map and directions. Please follow the link and check out them out ahead of your visit!

  • There is no minimum commitment – you can book individual sessions or for the whole term. If booking individual sessions we would recommend booking all those that you know you can make that term from the outset, as the groups are very popular and sessions are often fully booked closer to the time. To book multiple sessions click ‘Repeat’.

 
 

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, May 2018
What a lovely morning I have spent with my Grand daughter Skylah! Great to see children getting muddy and eploring the environment! Excellent snacks and glowing campfire, oh and not a mobile in sight!!
— Jannine, April 2018