Frequently asked questions

What is forest school?


Please see our home page, with a detailed description of what we do. Visit our gallery for our Holiday Camp photos. Visit our Term Time page for photos specific to these classes.




How do I obtain your monthly newsletters and updates via email?


Please click on this link. http://eepurl.com/dstUJn This will allow you to subcribe and unsubscribe to our mail list at your convenience.




What type of classes do you run?


We run 2 hour classes 1000-1200 and 1 hour classes 1000-1100 on some of our classes, which is a great introdction into forest school. This session has to be taken at the start of our session and not in the middle. The end of the 2 hour session we come to gether for a sing song around the campfire. We run Stay and Play sessions from walking to 4 years and we run holiday camps for children aged 4-11 years. We also run adult, willow weaving courses at Christmas time.




What happens when it rains?


We run in all weathers, all year round, so it is essentail you take a look at our kit list. We will cancel the session if winds exceed 42 mph. We will notify you by 1500 the day before. If your child does not arrive with waterproof trousers and coats, we will ask for you to return with the correct clothing. Shower proof coats are not suitable for a day in the rain.




What must the children wear?


We take great care of your children when attending our classes. We ask for children to be wearing protective clothing because in the summer we have ticks, mosquitos, brambles and stinging nettles in the woodlands and having arms and legs protected can prevent your child from getting hurt. We are in the shade as all our forests have huge canopies and we ask for your child to come with two drinks - preferably one being a large water bottle. In the winter months we ask for the children to come in lots and lots of warm layers and waterproof trouers and coat. Wellington boots do not keep little feet warm and offer no protection, so please invest in a pair of snow boots or waterproof sturdy footwear. Mountain Warehouse have a great variety and are reasonably priced.




How do I book any of your classes?


Holiday Camps Parent and Toddler / Preschool Classes and Taster Sessions Adult Willow Weaving Classes Book any of the above by clicking on this link......... https://willowsforestschool.bookinglive.com




How much are the classes?


Term time classes start from £12 for 1 hour and £18 for 2 hours - sibling rates apply. Taster sessions are half price! Holiday Camps - £38.50 - sibling rates apply Adult Willow Courses - £25




How do I book the Autumn term?


We are taking bookings now. Please click on this link. https://bookwhen.com/willowsforestschool You have the option to book for 1 hour or 2 hours. If you wish to pay in 2 installments please contact our admin department willowsforestschoolboolings@gmail.com This option is only available before the term commences. We suppot the ethos of forest schools, therefore we do not offer an adhoc option.




If one of your sessions is fully booked, how do I go on the waiting list?


Please contact us info@willowsforestschool.co.uk




What time are the sessions?


Term Time Classes and Mini Holiday Camps 0955-1100 / 0955-1200 Monday to Friday - various locations. See Term Time Classes. The one hour class is at the start of our sessions.




How far in advance do you release holiday camps?


Approximately 4 months.




Can I receive a refund?


If you are attending a term time course, we can only refund you the remainder of the term if we have someone to take your place. We strongly advise you to attend a taster session first, as it is very different to other Parent and toddler classes. Once you have booked, we then allocate the staffing levels accordingly and purchase resources. Please be aware that there is some structure to our classes, but ultimately the children make their own choices. Please visit our photo section on the Term Time page, so you can get a feel of what we do. If you have booked a holiday camp, we can refund you if you give us 7 working days notice. After this time we will happily refund you if we have someone wishing to take your place. Further details are on our T&C's.




Do you run parties?


We don't but our friends over at Lyne do. The Big Hat Bush Camp run fabulous parties and family bushcraft days. Get in touch with Ian info@bighatbushcamp.co.uk We will not be running parties in the future, sorry.