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Holiday Clubs

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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 and 2018 programmes, this year we are introducing a whole new holiday club for 11-17 year olds: Wild Rangers Conservation Club!

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: 11-17 year olds

Become a woodland manager for a day!

Help us to manage our ancient woodland and get stuck in with conservation tasks, searching for interesting species, whittling with a knife and lighting fires.

Activities for all ages

Did you know we also run Wild Tots sessions for 2-5 year olds? And keep an eye out for our upcoming Summer Tots sessions too!

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.

To give you an idea, here's what we got up to last year:

Monday: Exploration - We will welcome to you to 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!

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: 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!

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 11-17, Wild Rangers Conservation Club is designed to be the perfect step up from our holiday club.

Depending on the season, they will do all sorts of real conservation work - identifying, surveying and recording species, managing the woodland, felling trees, holly clearance, managing a bonfire and more. We use a range of tools and level up our whittling with a bushcraft knife, all besides the obvious making friends and hanging out around the camp fire! 

Drop off is at 9:30am and pick up will be at 4pm, so please arrive promptly so we can get straight out and on with the day! Everyone will need to wear appropriate warm, waterproof outdoor clothing and strong boots for working in the woods. Attendees also need to bring a packed lunch and a snack, and please note we are a nut-free centre, so avoid food containing nuts.

Booking is essential and places go fast, so see dates and online booking below to find out when the next event is happening!

Important information

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 warm 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 and 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 21 February Click here to book
Tuesday 9 April Click here to book
Monday 5 - Thursday 8th August Booking available soon
Monday 12 - Thursday 15th August Booking available soon
Monday 19 - Thursday 22nd August Booking available soon
 
Wild Rangers Conservation Club  
Wednesday 20th February Click here to book
Thursday 11th April Click here to book
Tuesday 6th August Booking available soon
Tuesday 6th August Booking available soon
 
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!
Donna Foster

Booking enquiries

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:

Email education.centres@surreywt.org.uk
Call 01372 379509

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