Holiday club activities with a wild twist!
Jam-packed with different wildlife-themed activities, our holiday club events give your children the opportunity to explore the wonderful woodland habitats of our private nature reserve under the guidance of our experienced staff.
Following the huge success of our 2017, 2018 and 2019 programmes, we are looking forward to a whole new year of holiday adventures!
Wild Explorers Holiday Club: 5-11 year olds
Immerse your child in nature!
Wild Explorers Holiday Club is the perfect place to embark on adventures, forge friendships and turn school holidays into lifelong memories!
Wild Rangers Conservation Club: 9-17 year olds
Join our ranger team and get into the real conservation!
Help us manage our ancient woodland reserve and learn skills including tree felling, coppicing and habitat surveying as well as fire lighting, whittling and carving.
About Wild Explorers Holiday Club
Suitable for children aged 5-11, our hugely popular holiday club continues to be a highlight of the year. With one-off days in half terms, and week-long programmes in the summer, you really do need to book early to secure a place!
Our half term days are packed with the children's favourite activities from the summer - shelter building, mammal trapping and of course Forest School - as well as some new exciting activities to keep it fresh! They vary each time, so check the event page (under dates and online booking below) to see exactly what we'll be up to each time.
Our summer programme consists of three four-day weeks with activities Monday to Thursday, and each day has a theme! This will vary slightly depending on the weather, and to keep it fresh each year, but have a read below to get an impression of what sort of things we do.
Monday: Survival - Having crash landed in the wild woods, we must learn to survive on our own. We will learn how to communicate over long distances, build a shelter from the elements, light a fire safely and maybe even toast a marshmallow or two!
Tuesday: Discovery - Today we will discover the huge array of life to be found in our wood. We will delve into the pond, sweep through the grass, shake the trees and lift the logs to find all the different types of creatures that live here. We might even use some small mammal traps to try our luck at catching some mice or voles around the centre.
Wednesday: Exploration - Discover more of Nower Wood with a day of exploration! Learn how to navigate your way around the woods and then we might test our skills through orienteering and games. We will also explore the different habitats of Nower Wood and the types of trees that we can find. I hope you're ready for a challenge!
Thursday: Adventure - To round off the week we will adventure through time and immerse ourselves in the history of the wood meeting characters, hearing stories and getting stuck in with games and challenges. Get messy and make some cave paintings, become a Roman potter and play with clay, and if you're lucky there might be some rustic recipes to cook over the open fire too!
Every Day: After our above activities each day we will head to our Forest School area where we will have free time to spend with our new friends as we wish. There will be a range of games on offer, as well as creative projects which can be done over the course of the week for those who come for more than a day.
About Wild Rangers Conservation Club
Suitable for children aged 10-17, Wild Rangers Conservation Club is designed to be the perfect way to develop your enthusiasm for nature - from investigating species in different habitats to sharing your experiences by making your own mini nature documentaries. We can adapt the day to what you want to do.
In the afternoons we can relax around the campfire and learn to use tools like bowsaws, billhooks and bushcraft knives for carving and whittling.
Booking is essential and places are limited, so see dates and online booking below to find out when the next event is happening!
The clubs run from 9.30am-4pm and booking is essential. They take place at Nower Wood Education Centre, near Leatherhead (map can be found on booking pages).
Every attendee will need to wear appropriate outdoor clothing and strong boots for working in the woods. They will also need to bring a packed lunch and a snack, and please note we are a nut-free centre, so avoid food containing nuts.
Although adults are encouraged to drop their children off, due to staffing limitations if your child requires 1:1 assistance at school you will need to provide an accompanying adult for the event. If your child has any other particular needs, please do get in touch so we can discuss how best to meet these before booking.
Dates & online booking
Make sure you've read the Important Information section above and then click below to book your places.
Wild Explorers Holiday Club
|Thursday 20th February 2020||Passed|
|Tuesday 7th April 2020||Cancelled|
Tuesday 4th - Thursday 6th August
Tuesday 11th - Thursday 13th August
Tuesday 18th - Thursday 20th August
|Monday 26th - Thursday 29th October||Click to book|
|Wild Rangers Conservation Club|
|Wednesday 19th February 2020||Passed|
|Wednesday 8th April 2020||Cancelled|
Tuesday 28th, Thursday 30th July
Tuesday 4th, Thursday 6th August
Tuesday 11th, Thursday 13th August
My daughter loved the Wild Explorers week at Nower Wood. She came home smelling of smoke, dirty faced and proudly displaying her pom-pom caterpillar. Couldn’t stop talking about all the things she’s learnt, done and eaten!
Please see above for holiday club dates and to make a booking online. If you have any questions about our holiday club, please get in touch:
Call 01372 379509