Holiday, Family Activities and Camps

Keep your family entertained this Easter by attending our holiday and family days! We offer bespoke days in the Sussex countryside aimed at getting your children outdoors to learn new skills, make things, meet new people and have fun whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Please note spaces are limited so please get in touch to secure your place! Don’t forget we also offer family camps and summer camps for children during the school holidays – early booking essential.

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*New* – Family Camp 28th-30th May

Enjoy the woods and relax with your family during May half-term. Nature based games and activities for all the family including tracking, crafts and fire lighting. Find out more.

Early booking essential – limited spaces. View our photo gallery to see how much fun you can have in the woods!

Complimentary Download – Whose Tracks?

Looking for ideas to entertain the children during the holidays? Click here to download our FREE seasonal activity sheet. Answers will be posted on our Blog shortly!

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Book Review by Graham Watson, John Muir Award Cumbria Manager

Learning with Nature.

20140617=learning-with-nature=front-cover=low-res-1000x1000Beautifully presented as a ‘how-to’ guide to inspire children, Learning with Nature is aimed at families, schools, youth groups and anyone working with children. The blurb tells me the activities are suitable for ages 3 to 16 and will help develop practical skills, awareness and respect for the natural world. An initial flick through reveals great images and a layout of activities that is easy to follow.

The introduction gives context in the form of an intriguing diagram showing an ‘extinction of experience’ revealed by the decline in roaming radius from home of 8 year olds from the 1920s (6 miles) to 2007 (700 yards), followed by the benefits of increased time in nature. There’s also advice on how to make the most of the book through the art of questioning to nurture curiosity, and a section on Looking after Nature which sets out the interplay between nature and people to allow both to flourish. I was thinking hard before I got to the activities!

leafThe activities are set out in 4 themes: games, naturalist, seasonal and survival skills. There’s a large range and each activity has clear advice on resources needed (often none, which I like), number of people, age, duration and how to do it. A note on variations and links to similar or complimentary activities is helpful. A side box titled Invisible Learning gives an idea of what we might expect when using the activity, advice I found either reinforced my own ideas or alerted me to new possibilities.

If the book lacks anything it’s the benefits of using the outdoors from a formal education perspective. However I think those working in this context will easily recognise ways of using these activities in their work.

10246355_10152042900188803_739863649045105486_nThis book is much more than a collection of great activities. It has an aim we can all buy into to forge “a heartfelt relationship [with nature] that will renew and inform our culture, creating love and respect for the natural world.” This is an excellent book for parents, teachers and youth leaders alike looking to inspire young people with nature. Get a copy and head outdoors!

Learning with Nature is now available at the special offer price of £14.99 (+ postage) via the Circle of Life Rediscovery website.


Graham Watson is the John Muir Award Cumbria Manager with the Lake District National Park. “Connect, enjoy and care for wild places.”

Graham can be contacted at cumbria@johnmuiraward.org 

The John Muir Award encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. It’s the main educational initiative of the John Muir Trust the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK, which works to protect wild land and wild places.

Find out the difference the John Muir Award makes and why they need your support.

This is what we call a friendly book launch.

Were you in Lewes’s Waterstone on Friday the 30th of January? If you were there, I hope you enjoyed it and had a wonderful evening. The bookshop was crowded with people coming to support our nature-based work, and yes, it was an emotional moment! Kids, parents, grandparents, politicians, environmentalists and teachers all came to enjoy the official launch of ‘Learning With Nature‘ a book that we hope will have a positive impact on current and future generations.

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The authors and people from the audience, shy or not shy, all took turns to speak about how positive accessing the woodland and nature as whole is,  in particular for the future of our global and local society.

20150130_201645People often say that truth comes out of children’s mouths. Kids were so inspiring, reciting poems about forest schools and describing their experience in the woods. Just by listening to them you could tell they were having the time of their life when they were looking for bugs, climbing trees, making fire, being                                                                  outdoors and innocent.

What about Fran who attends one of our Family Funded Days, she gave us the most moving speech of the evening, telling us how her disabled daughter found happiness in the woods, how the woodland protected them and allowed them to be “together as a family, to achieve as a family and to leave the disability in the car park” . It was about “living in the here and the now” where “boundaries and expectations did not exist, it was about what she could achieve” .  Amy could share happy moments  with her family and the family could take a break to enjoy life with their daughter. To see what it looks like click here.

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Finally, how can we thank Ringmer Academy’s Stephen Green who supported the importance of our work by saying that “young people need to know their place in the environment, where they fit and how they rely on it”. 

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We thank everyone who attended the book launch and make it such a friendly night and we hope that you enjoyed it. We hope that one day children are supported to feel and value their crucial place in our the future and we hope that their parents, grandparents, carers and adults everywhere,  will lead them in the “right” way, the regenerative and restorative way.  If you want to learn more activities in the woods please join us on one of our next courses.