Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Wear for Forest School/Outdoor Activities
We always say there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing! We recommend coming in long trousers (not shorts) and a long sleeve top. This is to protect your arms and legs all year round in any weather. In the summer a long sleeve thin t-shirt or base layer, in the winter the same can be worn but add to it a hoody or jumper, leg wear we recommend jogging bottoms but not jeans (if jeans get wet you will get very cold very quickly and will find it hard to warm up) On wetter day a waterproof jacket is essential as the sessions will still run, waterproof trousers are also recommended or a change of clothes. Footwear, it is vitally important to avoid wearing trainers, when the ground is wet even a good pair of trainers will not provide suitable grip, we recommend wellies, walking boots or at the very least walking shoes. If we deem it unsafe around your footwear we may not allow you onto the site to take part in the activities.
Will I Need to Bring Food and Drinks
During ALL of our sessions we provide drinks (hot and cold) and a light snack. If we are running an activity day a hot lunch will be provided and also snacks during the day. If you have booked a specific event with us we can make arrangements to provide lunch for everyone attending including parents (this will be charged extra on top of the activities) We can provide hot and cold food, party picnic boxes, sweet cones etc. Please ask for a quote when booking you activities.
What if I Need the Toilet
We do have an on site toilet facility, however it is not 5*. It is a portable camping toilet in a toilet tent, it is clean and fresh and wipes, toilet roll and sanitizer are available in the toilet tent. We hope to install a compostable toilet in 2022.
Is On Site Parking Available
Parking is available at the public car park which is about a 400m walk from the site. Details of the car park and how to find us will be sent to you via email before the event. If you have a disability we can arrange with prior notice to allow you access through the gate and park within about 100m of the site (the ground is uneven and a little hilly so please speak to us before booking an activity) If you are staying over night with us cars will be parked in a secure carpark with a locked gate during the course of the over night activity.
All staff that work for us hold enhanced DBS checks, relevant qualifications for the activities that they will be delivering and a full outdoor first aid certificate
Insurance and Policies
We hold the relevant insurance for all of the activities that we deliver and have many policies in place such as safe guarding, health & safety, equality and social media use. If you require a copy of any of these please let us know and we will forward them to you.
We aim to make all of our activities accessible to everyone and we will work with you to try and achieve this. As with any outdoor activities this may not always be possible, our site is located on private land in a wooded area, the path to get to the site is a little hilly and uneven so may not be suitable for all. Please speak to us before booking an event or an activity and we will try our best to accommodate you.
In the event that we have adverse weather and it is not safe for sessions/bookings to take place we will work with you to offer an alternative date or offer you a full refund on your activity/booking. Due to health and safety reasons session we cannot run sessions in high winds, this is also a requirement within the T & C's of our insurnace provider.
Dietary and Allergies
If you have any dietary needs or allergies please let us know before attending an event or activity and we will work with you to make sure your needs are met.
All of the specialist equipment required for the sessions is provided by us, if you have your own equipment and would like to bring it along to the session then please let us know. We will need to check your equipment before use to make sure it is safe and appropriate to use during the session. If you need any advice or information regarding the purchase of any equipment then please speak to us and we will advice you on what is best for your needs.
Consent and Information
If your children are attending an event or an activity where parents are not required to stay then we will ask you to complete i digital consent form which can be found on our website. The form contains information which we need in case of an emergency, we do not share any information with 3rd parties and it is stored securely for 6 months before been automatically deleted from our system. We are registered with the IOC (information commissioners office) to be able to hold this information as required under GDPR regulations.
This information can be found here in a downloadable document