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Children's University with the Forestry Commission

The Children’s University is an international charity which encourages all children aged 5 to 14 years to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative learning activities outside of the school day.

We have teamed up with Children's University to provide a range of fun activities to do in our forests.

Searching for mini beasts in a logDiscover your forest 

A fun activity to help you find out more about Forestry Commission woodlands


Autumn activity pack  A BME Early Years preschool group exploring and learning in a city woodland

Sign up to bring forest learning to life with your autumn activity pack! Packed full of seasonal things to engage your senses at this colourful time of year. Get your pack now.


To acquire a 2 hour stamp for your passport, send photos of your autumn wand and bookmark, a list of 5 autumn feelings and a sentence explaining what you felt when you ran your hands up and down the trunk of a tree to us by email. Please include your name, age and which forests you visited in the email.

Stargazing guide and activity sheet Star Trails

Packed with fantastic activities for all the family, get your hands on this free guide to learn about constellations, navigate by the stars, play night-games and become a Forest-Star.




Gruffalo Spotters Gruffalo - welcome to our forests

Follow clues in the forest to track down the elusive Gruffalo and earn a one hour stamp for your passport.



Gruffalo Orienteering  Bedgebury Gruffalo 2014

Earn a one hour stamp on one of our Gruffalo Orienteering courses.


More Children's University activities in the forest

Earn more hours for your passport with seasonal and climate change activities.

Being safe in the forest

We want you to have a great time when you visit the forest, so here are a few safety tips to think about:

  • wear sensible clothes and shoes (warm, waterproof clothes mean you can stay out for longer; wellies mean you can splash in the mud)
  • look where you’re walking (there are lots of things to trip over on the forest floor)
  • watch out for other forest users (there may be cars or machines working in the forest, there may be dogs or horses using the same paths as you)
  • feel free to pick stuff up and get as dirty as you like, but don’t forget to wash your hands before you eat your lunch
  • keep an eye on the other people in your group (you don’t want your grown-ups to wander off and get lost)
Last updated: 21st September 2017