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We asked for a fun day to celebrate a 10th birthday. Our group ranged in age from 8 to 58, including a a group of 10 year olds and another of teenagers. Everyone had an absolutely fabulous day (we knew we would as this wasn't our first time with the rangers at Sherwood Pines). The day was relaxed and flexible and our wide range of ages and abilities were easily accommodated. No one wanted to leave and our 10 year old birthday boy said that it was his best birthday ever. Job done!

Julie Chester-Stirling, 10/Apr/2018
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Zack and his friends had the most amazing time and he was in his element all day. Thank you so much for teaching us all new skills! Five stars!

Simon and Fiona Buckley, 14/Feb/2018
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Bushcraft was an excellent activity for the group to develop team building skills as well as gaining knowledge and understanding about the outdoors. The bushcraft area is a safe, well controlled environment set in its natural surroundings and provides young people who often dont experience the outdoors with a really valuable learning and fun experience. Emily was excellent on the day, not only organising some excellent activities, but providing me with additional support at the end of the day with a difficult situation. Other forestry staff on site were all friendly and helpful making this a really worthwhile, enjoyable day for everybody. Our young people said it was a great day out and asked to go back again and do something else. we loved it.

Jo Tasker, 15/Aug/2017
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We attended the Bushcraft for Families event and really enjoyed the activities, particularly den building and toasting marshmallows. Thank you - we had a great day!

Anonymous, 11/Aug/2017
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Thanks for putting on a great bushcraft party. Grace ran up to me during the party flung her arms around me and screamed "best birthday party ever!". What more needs to be said😁

Thanks so much.

Anonymous, 29/Jun/2017
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Our school has been using Sherwood Pines' provision for many years and have always found it to be first class. We have just returned from a full day of pond dipping, orienteering, bush craft

tree identification. We all had an amazing time. Big thank you to all the park rangers who made our visit safe, exciting and fun!!

Graham Cullen, 10/Jun/2017
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My daughter & her friend had an amazing birthday party. The Rangers, Emily & Rob were engaging & kept the children interested & on task. Everyone really enjoyed the activities which were so much fun & safe! Definitely recommend to others

Kerry, 4/Jun/2017
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Great day on our team away day!

Fun activities, nice people & lovely food

Would recommemd to anyone

Ashlie Ratcliff, 15/May/2017
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A fantastic day, I would most definitely recommend the bush craft day. We had a party of all ages including young children and Karina and Bob pitched it perfectly for all of us. They even helped our 3 year old (safely!) light fires, which he thought was brilliant! Thank you very very much. Kate

Kate , 5/Apr/2017
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Thank you for a fab day - we loved map reading, making fires, den building, taking Frank for a trip round the assault course and of course toasting marshmallows!! So much fun and not a moment to get bored which is quite some feat! Thank you Karina and Bob xx

Theo aged 3 and Isabella aged 6 (part of Julie's party) , 3/Apr/2017
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We booked a bushcraft day for a 40th Birthday party with 14 children under 7 and 14 adults. The day was fantastic from start to finish. The children (and adults) all had a brilliant day and have not stopped talking about it since. Thank you once again.

Daniel, 3/Apr/2017
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We recently bought a class of year 4 children to participate in some bushcraft activities with Karina and Bob as part of a three day residential trip. I cannot thank both Karina and Bob enough for the wonderful time that they gave us all.

From the moment we arrived, we were totally looked after and the activities we did were brilliant. The children had an amazing time in the assault course and loved the fire lighting activity. Karina and Bob were absolutely amazing with the children and I cannot thank them enough. They helped create wonderful memories for the children to treasure forever.

Rachael Mitchell , 30/Mar/2017
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Karina - We were so impressed with the effort you made to remember the boys names before we reached the camp area.

The cool calm and collected manor you ran the day was an inspiration. The way you connected with the boys and the timing of the events was perfect. You made the day the best birthday Miles has ever had. All his friends have asked for their birthday party to be with you.

Thank you so much for a wonderful day, Jane and I can't stop thinking about it and how easy you made it for us.

Thanks for arranging the lunch and moving the days around. Please pass on our thanks to Emily (Bob) for creating the booking and taking care of us while you were away.

I am particularly envious of your job, however I am sure I couldn't deliver such a skilled day. We have some great photos and many wonderful memories.

Martin, 6/Oct/2016
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I could not recommend the bushcraft experience more. Karina and 'Bob' (Emily) were just super. They were so happy to accommodate requests to make the day perfect for the bride-to-be. The food was delicious and the events we chose (fire lighting, shelter building, and wood craft) were great fun. A competative start with geocaching also kick started us all into high spirits. Lots of laughs were had and I couldn't have asked for better. Thank you so much for making the hen do one to remember!

'Han's Hen Do', 25/Sep/2016
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Anonymous, 19/Sep/2016
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Absolutely fantastic! My Daughter received a trip to your Family Bushcraft Overnighter for her birthday and she loved it! As an adventurous 11 year old she really enjoyed building her own shelter to sleep in from woodland materials, learning to safely light a fire, night games in the woods, splitting fire wood and tons more.

The staff running the show were amazing with all the kids and adults. So Bob, Robin and of course, Karina you get a massive thank you from the Southern contingent; you were all brilliant peeps.

If you fancy something to do as a family next summer try this. You wont be disappointed, I'd give it more stars if I could.


Bats. Bats are cool.

John Southern, 20/Aug/2016
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We had lunch round a campfire then took part in Geo caching as part of a work away day. Karina was very helpful and accommodating, meeting us at the visitor centre to take us on a guided walk to the campfire. The food was fantastic and in a lovely setting. The Geocaching which was really well co-ordinated and enjoyed by everyone.

Anonymous, 29/Jul/2016
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I would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you to yourself, Bob and Lyndsey for such a great day. All of the children and staff who came along learnt so much and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. All staff and children had a fantastic day. The rangers could have not been better if they tried! Karina was extremely helpful from the initial enquiry right up to the farewell wave as we left the forest after the trip. The children have been talking about the trip all day today and can't wait until next week when they will be writing their own recounts of the day. Some of the children have been heard to say; "That was the best trip ever!" "I wish we could go there everyday." "Can Karina come to school and help us build a big shelter on the field because she is amazing!"

All in all, everyone involved had a great day and have recommended the activities and leaders to other year groups and schools.

Thank you for all of your help and enthusiasm, you are superstars!

Anonymous, 24/May/2016
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A group of 10 girls aged 7-8 came to the Bushcraft camp for our daughter's 8th Birthday party in March. As well as starting fires, roasting hotdogs, melting marshmallows and building shelters our Ranger Emily incorporated an Easter Egg hunt around the site - a huge area of fully enclosed forest with lots to discover including t-pees, assault courses, and log cabins. What an amazing day, 5 hours flew by, the best party we have ever had!!

Lindsay Biddulph, 22/Mar/2016
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We spent 2 days here with all of our KS2 classes and have to say it's one of the best trips we've been on in ages - the Bushcraft activities were captivating for all of our pupils - fire-starting and shelter building - and the rangers were absolutely out of this world. The children got more our of these 2 days than we could possibly have hoped for and it really helped to motivate them and bring our topic to life - many thanks to all the rangers who helped us and taught us.

Julie, Joy & 72 children..., 13/Mar/2016
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We had an amazing 'Bushcraft Day' for our daughter's 7th Birthday on 14th November 2015 with seven of her friends. Karina and Luke were fantastic and despite the inclement weather the children all had a brilliant time - map reading, building a shelter and lighting fires. The facilities are excellent - I feel really inspired to go back and try and overnight stay with the family one day.

Zoe and Carl, 23/Nov/2015

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