Summer Activities 2017


Look inside to see our full programme of exciting activities taking place during the school holidays for children, young people and families to enjoy. All of our activities are run by experienced and qualified staff.

On the back page, you will find all the other details you should need. If you need more help, please give us a call.

All activities need to be booked in advance. Booking forms are available from the Centre, or can be sent by email.  We must have your contact details in case of emergency or cancellation (see below).  Any advance payments are refundable if we have to cancel. Payments for Boat Trips must be made 2 weeks in advance.

Please note that young people under 10 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult. Maximum 3 children per adult.  Also, please note minimum ages for activities.

Minimum numbers apply. If we receive less than 8 to 10 bookings for an activity, we reserve the right cancel that activity. For the narrowboat, the minimum number is usually 16.  If we have to cancel, we will contact you from the details given on your booking form not less than 2 days beforehand.

Activities also have maximum numbers. Where a booking has been requested but we have not received the payment or a booking form three days before the activity, we reserve the right to allocate the place to other families on the waiting list. 

The activities are designed for families; we cannot accommodate large groups from play care schemes, day centres etc. but these are very welcome to make bookings at other times.

We have concessions for families on low income. Details on our website or ask at the office.

Wildside Activity Centre

Hordern Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 0HA

Tel: 01902 572240   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Canoeing – a chance to try canoeing in open Canadian canoes. Minimum age 10 years.  Suitable for beginners.   Bring a towel and complete change of clothing.

Bat Walk – a chance to get the bat detectors and torches out and learn about nature’s aerial night hunters. 8pm to 10pm.  Come with strong shoes and suitable clothes for an evening walk.

Boat Trips – A relaxed trip on our narrowboat to Wightwick and back with two locks en route.

Our boat ‘Trebalisa’ is accessible to people using wheelchairs. Bring refreshments for a picnic.

The trip lasts approximately 10am to 2pm but times may vary slightly depending on canal traffic. Payment must be made in advance.

Build a Bird Box. Practical woodwork. Children must be over 7 years old. 

Butterfly Bonanza – This session will be based on the amazing beauty of butterflies and their astonishing life cycle – and you’ll take home your own butterfly fridge magnet.

Canal Art – Find out about how the old canal boats were decorated, and make your own traditional 'roses and castles' decorations from paper and card. 

Cooking with Herbs – Enjoy the sights and scents of the herbs here at Wildside. We’ll cook biscuits and make summer drinks with some of them.

Den Building and Fire Lighting– a chance to build your own den and maybe we’ll test how watertight they are. Learn how to light a fire.

Escape from Wildside – brain teasers and problem solving. You will be set the task of escaping from prison at Wildside. How can you get out of this fix?

Family Cycle Ride - Bring your own bike, water and a snack. A free safety check will be available before the ride towards Wombourne on flat towpaths and cycle ways. Maximum 2 hours ride with a stop for refreshments. Children should be over 10 and accompanied by an adult.  Bikes and helmets available for loan – please ask when booking. 

Forest Art – let your imagination go wild. Create your own pictures in the woodland.

Hedgehogs – learn about one of our best loved animals, how they live and how to help them.

How things fly – find out how birds and insects fly, look at how a plane flies, make a model of a flying bird.

Let’s get messy! - in the car park we’ll be using chalk, paint, spray bottles, and paint bombs to create unique master pieces. We’ll get messy but we won’t have to worry about clearing up the mess.

Magnificent Mammals – find out about the animals that live on the canal bank. We’ll set up mammal traps and get out to find the tracks and signs that tell us which animals have visited.

Minibeast Adventure - find insects under rocks and logs, identify them using magnifying glass and identification aids . Make a bug hotel to take home and put in the garden.

Monkey Puzzle – a new story trail for younger children. Help the monkey find his mum with the help of a kindly butterfly.

Mud Magic – we’ll be out in the woods having fun with mud, making mud cakes, cooking and shopping and other creative play.

Pond Dipping – canal and pond dipping to see what tiny monsters live in our local waterways.

Princess and Superhero treasure hunt - follow clues around the woods to discover who’s the villain hiding at Wildside and get a prize at the end. Dress up as your favourite Princess or Superhero if you want. Watch out for obstacles and traps along the way! 

Solar Boats – see how sunshine can supply energy and have a go at making a solar powered boat.

Wildflower Wonders – spot some of our local wildflowers, learn how they produce seeds and spread them and see how you press flowers to keep.

Woodland Games – In the woods we'll use natural materials - sticks, stones, leaves and seeds - to create our own games (with our own rules!) - to play with our friends.