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Forests are our playground

From educational visits for nurseries, schools and colleges, virtual reality teaching experiences and downloadable lesson plans, to augmented reality family trails and unforgettable events – no matter what age or ability we want to inspire every generation to build a personal and lifelong connection to forests.

Child on balance bike in Hamsterley Forest
Jerry Tatton

Nothing compares to the feeling of that first bike ride. With your family around you, the whizz of your wheels along the track stays with your for the rest of your life.

With car-free spaces and fresh air to breath, our forests are the perfect place to learn. That's why we've created activities and resources to help inspire young ones to stay motivated on their journey to becoming a confident cyclist.

We've got over 2,500 km of cycling trails, so there's plenty to explore once you've got the hang of it!

"We want to inspire every generation to have a personal connection to the forests."

We've come a long way from chalkboards and pencil sharpeners! This generation can take virtual tours of the forest from the classroom or home. 

Pupils can now visit a tree nursery, explore forest machinery and learn about different habitats for wildlife. They will be immersed in the world of sustainable timber production, learning about the importance of plant health and how woodlands are managed for wildlife. 

Students will also hear from people working in the forest, opening up a world of exciting and rewarding career possibilities.

Gruffalo spotters family roar children

All together under the trees, mud on your boots and smiles on everyone's faces, our forests are the setting of treasured family memories.

With adventure play areas, lots of space to create dens, and industry-leading family trails, it's easy to see why!

children enjoying forest play area

Get the whole family involved as you scramble, slide and swing your way around our forests!

From adventure play zones to natural equipment, our amazing play areas are great for kids and adults alike to burn of some steam.

 

 

Children enjoying a birdwatching event

Forests offer fantastic opportunities to bring learning to life through hands-on experiences.  No matter what the age or ability there is something for everyone. 

Discover more about our learning partners, who deliver a wide range of educational visits for nurseries, schools and colleges, or follow our links to plan your own fun and informative visit.  We have lots of activity ideas and lesson plans for you to download.

Contents of the my forest adventure kit on the forest floor

Looking for a wild day out with the kids? Grab your James and the Giant Peach inspired 'My Forest Adventure Kit', perfect for budding explorers!

Inside you'll find:

Backpack Activity booklet Foldout binoculars Magnifier Collecting tray Forest finds card Stickers Pencil

All for just £5.50!

Family around lake Forest of Dean

Our forests and woodlands are open all year round, so come rain or shine you'll have a great day out with the family.

From adventure play areas, natural play, safe off-road family cycling and lots of space to create dens, your local woods and forests are the perfect place for a family day out that everyone will enjoy. 

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