Outdoor Parent & Toddler Group
(Ages : 0 - 6)
Mondays & Thursdays :10am - 11:45am
Barnsley Herb Garden, Cirencester
A welcoming outdoor group for parents and their youngsters. Set in the beautiful grounds of Barnsley Herb Garden, with access to their herb garden, native woodland, meadow and food growing area, there is plenty of space for children and adults to enjoy being outdoors, and connect to nature.
Activities will change from week to week, but will include: nature-inspired arts and crafts, songs and stories, gardening, messy play, campfires, and lots of lovely outdoor space to explore.
We will provide a warm cup of tea or coffee for parents, and a small cup of hot chocolate for the little ones. We will ensure that there is well-ventilated shelter from the elements, should it be required. There is acccess to a compost toilet.
The group is led by Rowan Wynne-Jones, an experienced playworker, Forest School leader, teacher and youth worker.
SUMMER HOLIDAYS : WOODLAND SUMMER FUN FOR FAMILIES
You are invited to join us for a magical morning of creativity, play and wonder in the woodland at Barnsley Herb Garden.
Suitable for kids between the ages 2-8 and their grown-ups, there will be a range of activities to suit everyone : from a guided woodwork project, to messy-play, to organised games, to exploring the woodland and creatures who live in them. These mornings promise to be ideal opportunities to connect with others, and nature, in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings, with plenty of space to chat, and run and play.
Microbz Nature Workshops
(Ages : 4-8)
Naish House, Calne
* Booking Through Microbz*
In 2020, we teamed up with Microbes expert Sue Allen (co-founder of Microbz) to bring families a series of educational nature workshops. They were a great success, and we will continue to run these workshops from Microbz HQ near Calne in Wiltshire on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Themes for Autumn 2021 are:
September: Making and painting with natural paints and dyes. We'll be making paints and inks from berries and other things found in nature to paint a picture, and tye dye a tote bag using natural dyes, plus we will go on a foraging walk, looking for blackberries.
October: Exploring the Four Elements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Join us for an enjoyable morning, playing with clay, making mini-kites, cooking over a fire, and pond-dipping.
November: A bug's eye view of the world. Using our imagination, we will shrink to the size of an insect. Using a range of hand tools, we will create magical little worlds for you to take home and enjoy.
Wild & Wonderful
Duration: 2 hours
Prices: £150 for up to 10 children.
Additional children £12.50/child - up to a maximum of 20. (Dependent upon latest govt. Covid-19 regulations)
Location: Barnsley Herb Garden & Woodland
Our Wild & Wonderful parties are based around the Forest School ethos. We respond to the interests, ages and energy levels of the group, so no party is ever the same. We are able to provide a mixture of high-energy activities with calmer activities, which can help to balance levels of enthusiasm.
Activities we offer include: woodland crafts, such as pendants, whistles and twig pencils; building dens; creating insect / fairy homes; lighting fires and cooking outside on a fire; singing songs and telling stories; games and free play. We are able to respond to location, and interests. If your child has any nature themed interests, we will endeavour to incorporate these into the activities on offer.
Adult to child ratio: For over-5’s, we require that there is 1 adult for every 8 children. For under-5’s we request that most parents stay. (Dependant upon covid-19 regulations)
Lovely & Bubbly
Duration: 2 hours
Prices: £160 for up to 8 children.
Additional children £15/child - up to a maximum of 12. (Dependent upon latest govt. regulations)
Location: Barnsley Herb Garden and Woodland.
Our Lovely & Bubbly parties are creative and fun. We respond to the interests, ages and energy levels of the group, so no party is ever the same.
Activities we offer include: bath bombs, soap making, creams and lotions, perfumes, floral arrangements. We can also incorporate other fun activites, such as building dens; creating insect / fairy homes; lighting fires, playing games and plenty of free-play.
Adult to child ratio: For over-5’s, we require that there is 1 adult for every 8 children. For under-5’s we request that most parents stay. (Dependant upon covid-19 regulations).
SCHOOLS / YOUTH GROUPS
Connecting with Nature
Frequency: one-off or on-going
We offer a range of activities and can adapt our projects to cater for the children's learning objectives, interests and skills. Some of the workshops and activities we have provided in the past include:
Forest School: School Grounds & Outings & Excursions
Gardening Sessions: Food Growing & Gardening for Wildlife
Nature & Wellbeing Walks: Foraging & Plant ID & WIldlife Spotting
After-School Clubs: Forest School & Arts & Crafts & Gardening
Outdoor Cooking: Pizza Oven & Grow, Cook, Eat
Land Art: Art in the Landscape & Nature Crafts