Friday, 29 June 2012

Wet & Wild Adventure Camps!

As you may have already gathered I am trying a new method of sending you information and not clogging up your in-boxes with attached files. Learning something new often comes with glitches! I think I have mastered it now, so if you would like to be added to the mailing list please email me, so you can subscribe. Please find below the final (not draft) information regarding the Adventure Camps.

Wet & Wild Adventure Camps

The Woodland Play Centre and Active Escape are bringing to you the Wet & Wild Adventure Camps!
With three weeks to choose from over the summer holidays, these amazing adventure camps will take place in two great locations!

Be wild...go wild with adventures, wilderness, sea and surf!

In North Devon for the middle part of the week you will be Surfing, Rock Scrambling, Coasteering, Kayaking & playing Beach Games!                                          

In West Somerset to start and finish the week you will be doing lots of Navigation Tasks, Bushcraft, Survival, Camp Craft, Cooking and Games in the Wild!

Plus oodles more all week.....

The Adventure Camps are Monday to Friday full board staying in Bell Tents in West Somerset and North Devon

The recommended age is for 12 - 15 year olds
£280 per person; includes all costs - food, travel, accommodation and activities

Only THREE weeks to choose from;

Monday 9th - Friday 13th July 2012
Monday 16th - Friday 20th July 2012
Monday 6th - Friday 10th August 2012

Please contact Louise for more information on 07775 941353 or email

BOOK there are limited places

Feel free to forward this link to any colleagues and friends, so they too can subscribe and get exciting mails about forthcoming adventures!

I will be posting another mail with all the SUMMER WOODLAND PLAYSCHEME dates shortly, however they are uploaded on the woodland facebook page already.

Many thanks and here is to a wild summer!!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Wild Woods Camp...for FAMILIES

Book up now on this amazing opportunity to come and camp in the woods for a whole weekend...there will be crafty things, spooky things, singing tunes and stories!! All facilitated by briliant and creative people.....

Wild Woods Creative Camp

July 20th-22nd

Come and join us in this magical woodland and create your own stories through spoken word, song and art. 

Facilitated by
Professional Storyteller - Martin Maudsley
Community Artist  - Charlotte Chapman
Singer/vocal coach - Jules Olsen

Beautiful Woodland setting in Somerset.The site is a private Woodland in Crowcombe near Taunton, part of the Quantock Hills an area of outstanding natural beauty. 

Workshops will be facilitated throughout the weekend, to explore and create stories through a variety of techniques.  There are no specific childrens workshops, but children are welcome and the workshops will be made accessible to all.
Workshops will take place outside where possible, but there will be a couple of covered areas in case of bad weather.
A campfire will be burning all weekend, so bring musical intruments for jamming in the evening.

£70 weekend camping and workshops. (Children 5-15yrs - £25)

Places limited.
Contact me for further information and to book

Monday, 11 June 2012

Anyone fancy a dance?

What a super idea...if anyone is interested in this great way to start a day and weekend please contact Rah direct...

It’s Friday – Let’s dance
Hooray! Dance Club (for grown ups) is launching at
Lydeard St Lawrence Village Hall on
Friday 15th June.
9.15-10.15 am

This first session is
(£5.00 thereafter).

We will warm up, stretch, tone, speed up, move it, shake it, dance!  slow down, stretch out, relax…..and go out into our day feeling refreshed, invigorated and energised.
Please wear comfortable happy clothes that will not restrict you.
Do feel free to email me at if you have any queries or simply to express an interest/ reserve a place.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012


Hello fellow woodland folk,

It is with such sad, frustrating and annoying news that I tell you I have decided to POSTPONE the Mad Hatters Party in the woods on Friday ;(

It is with a very heavy heart and a day of deliberating.

I still maintain that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. If it was just the rain we would still be going ahead.

However, it is the wind that is my concern. The woods are amazing places, but it never ceases to amaze me that the smallest of branches when falling from a great height can do some serious damage to a person. The Met Office have put out a weather warning for strong winds on amber alert tomorrow afternoon and easing slightly for Friday with little rain. When trees are in full leaf and there is the combination of strong winds and heavy rain it all makes them heavier and more likely to fall.

It would be foolish to host the the Hatters Tea Party when the Met Office have released these weather warnings. It will be sods law that Friday will be fine, but I have had to make a decision today. As it is not just the actual Tea Party I have had to consider, it is all the preparation time that we would have needed tomorrow afternoon and Friday morning to “dress” the woods and my priority at all times is people’s safety.

There WILL be a Mad Hatters Tea Party in the woods, so not all is lost, please hang onto all your costumes and gatherings. I will arrange another date soon and post it on the Blog, Facebook and email you all. I really hope to be able to do it again soon….will look at dates for July / August time in hope that we will have some seasonal weather!

Huge huge apologies to everyone of you, but hopefully you will understand my concerns and reasoning.

A sad Louise ;(

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Jubilee Celebrations...rain does not have to be a pain!!

So much to see on the forest floor
The week of celebrations, fun and frolics has arrived....we started it off with a crackin birthday party in the woods on Friday afternoon, after school.....I think it was a good way for the children to end school and start the holidays....there was a lot of energy used charging around the woods, although not sure they were tired went they went home, somehow they found more energy in the fresh air!! Even Sam had tired legs at the end and he NEVER gets tired!!

The joys of laughter!
There are many celebrations this weekend in the area and i hope that they are all successful and fun. I was thinking about the rain & have heard a few grumbles that it may spoil the about we try to use the rain in a positive way?! How can it be incorporated into the our local event we have an activity we can only do when its raining...just in case!! After all the rain is a regular feature in England and we should not be surprised if we have some rainy showers during our be prepared and embrace it!!

The week we have planned it quite a full on with lots of celebrations, woodland adventures, woodland parties, playschemes and tea parties!

A birthday treat in the woods!
There are still spaces available on Thursday for the WOODLAND PLAYSCHEME for those over 8 who wnat to come and engage in some wild play, quiet play, energetic play, comtemplative play, creative play and loud play!

The DIAMOND HATTERS TEA PARTY plans are coming along nicely, this is the only event i am little mindful of the weather, as there are quite a little children coming...not that they can't get wet, just different elements to be mindful of! Plus there is a lot of borrowed equipment that will be out in the elements hung up in trees and i can not return wet or ruined kit to am keeping a close on the weather for that one!

More to explore
I know its a toad not a frog!
I tried for this holiday putting flyers in some school BOOK BAGS this seems to have been a success. I went to four schools, two in Taunton, and one either side of the Quantock Hills. I will be doing this again (as long as the schools are happy for me to do so!) so if you would like your school to have a book bag flyer every term to include events going on in the woods, please contact me (Louise) so i can arrange for you.

Finally, I have embraced something i do not is called "eating that frog"!! Essentially it is doing something you are not keen on....I have set up an online newsletter through Mail Chimp, so if you are on the mailing list i am hoping to be able to a more modern and easy to read newsletter to you monthly to your inbox! Again if you would like to sign up let me know and i can add your details!!

Hanging out in the tree, on the tree and round the tree!

Just enjoy....the peace & natures beauty

Enjoy the week of celebrations, spalshing in the puddles...perhaps you may see a diamond reflection in the puddle!