Children and forest school

Whistlewood is open to families every day of the year.  We have a natural childrens play area, including our fantastic willow dragon, and this is located in the main woodland with public access.

But most of all we find that children love running through the long grass, looking at bugs in our bug hotel, playing with sticks, and searching for creatures in the ponds.

Forest School

Details of the various forest school activities for different ages are on our online shop, where you will find links for booking.

Forest School is a unique approach which enables children to develop their independence, creativity and confidence through interactions with the natural world and real life experiences. Whistlewood is a fantastic place for Forest School adventures and we have a range of activities available and planned for all ages.  From stay and play sessions to holiday clubs and more.

We hope to expand our range of Forest School activities in the future depending on interest so if you have a suggestion please let us know.

Birthday Parties

Whistlewood is a unique venue for a children’s birthday party and you can hire the site by the hour, by the day or overnight.  Site hire comes with access to the site facilities, compost toilet, equipped kitchen with pots, pans and cutlery , all-weather shelter, tables and chairs and campfire. You have the option of hiring the roundhouse too.  In the Summer months you can also hire the yurt for daytime and night-time use.


And we have activities and events throughout the year.

Scouts and Guides, schools and other groups

We welcome groups to the site – please get in touch to arrange your visit.

Family volunteering

Families are also welcome to working Saturdays and other volunteer events.

Duke of Edinburgh volunteering and work experience

We hold regular volunteering sessions for young people – please get in touch.