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Forest School Adventures

campfire fun

So last friday we had a mini road trip to Bristol, which to be fair is only 45 minutes away and we love popping over to that side of the bridge especially for something as fun as a morning spent in the forest with some other lovely bloggers and Wild Foresters the organisers of the Halloween themed Forest school morning.

outdoor classroom

The venue - Wraxell Piece Woodland can be quite tricky to find and it did take a few people a while to get there but once we had all arrived it was only a short work to the little outdoor classroom which already had a small campfire going. The children were then handed some sheets with various objects to find such as sticks, pumpkin colour leafs, twigs etc and Mr A really enjoyed this mini challenge before having some biscuits and marshmallows around the fire.

forest school


marshmallows over fire

For those who don't know much about Forest School basically it's very popular in places like Denmark which have shown that going out into the forest at a young age on a regular basis is a very healthy and positive thing to do as well as the perfect place to learn about nature and your surroundings as well as literacy, maths and various skills.

freerange toddler

childhood outdoors

The session only lasted around an hour and a half but it gave a lot of opportunities of the children to run around and play under some stick dens, take part in a mini treasure hunt, collect sticks and basically enjoy nature. After our lovely morning in the woods we decided to head over to Ashton Court were the kids played for hours, it was one of those blissful days full of simple pleasures and it was lovely to catch up with Adele, Carolin and Liska.

forest school

mother and daughter

Wild Foresters are running some lovely Halloween theme days during half term for children from 2-8yrs old and from just the short time we spent with them I recommend this as it's a wonderful way to spend a day outdoors having fun, they also do Kids birthdays which I am going to keep in mind for next year.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. I'll have to join you in writing about this. Beautiful photos there.
    I think I will add it to the Country Kids linky for the coming Friday.
    It was such a lovely day, Liska xx

  2. They're such gorgeous photos, Laura. Was lovely to catch up with you and Mr A. Such a great day x

  3. This looks brilliant. My oldest used to go to forest school with his pre-school and I'm so sad that his school doesn't do it. I live in Bristol and this looks amazing, will definitely look into - I particularly like the idea of Halloween inspired forest school!

  4. Ah this looks amazing. I took Ebony to a forest school toddler group once and it was so fun, but they don't do it anymore. We have just discovered a new outdoor group near us though, so she went there with my parents today. I think forest schools sound amazing. x

  5. Looks like fun, wish we could have made it! x

  6. Forest schools just remind me of life here on the farm, I think they are such a good idea for introducing children to nature and the environment with a little learning too. Looks like a fun time and lovely to catch up with other local bloggers too, I thought I recognised a few little faces there. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids

  7. Toasting marshmallows on an open fire will never get old, for the kids or me!! I love the sound of Forest school.

  8. Oh, that looks fabulous - I constantly wish there was a forest school near us! You can't beat toasting marshmallows either, such a great Autumn activity :-)

  9. forest schools are so brilliant, wish I could have made it, looked like you guys had a blast! x

  10. this looks fantastic! wish there was near here {that I could get to without a car!}

  11. Such lovely photos! It's really interesting remembering a day through the eyes of someone else. I'll be looking further into forest school, I think. Such a great option for getting children into the outdoors on a regular basis.


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