Wildside Activity Centre offers a range of options to excite and interest all age groups and abilities. These are taken up by schools, community groups, youth groups and uniformed organisations, groups for older people, people with disabilities or mental health issues, families and other private bookings, businesses and corporate events, and for training.
The most important message about our activities is that we want to plan a successful visit with you and wherever we can, we will mix and match activities to make the bespoke day or half day session you need. Subject to numbers and availability of staff and room bookings, we can run multi-activity days for most groups and will always try to make activities as accessible as possible for those with special needs. Most of the activities can be provided on an outreach basis, especially if you have a little outdoor space on your own site. Please look through the information on these pages and give us a ring to discuss your aims and requirements.
Broadly our programme centres on adventurous activities and environmental education and we also run narrowboat trips. There is no neat dividing line. For example, some children will find a minibeast hunt more of an adventure than going canoeing and some groups will find a boat trip or cycle ride will open their eyes to the wildlife around us in an unusual way or a sensory walk may lead a class into creative writing. Your choice depends on the aims you want to achieve with your group.
We have excellent access to woodlands, waterside and grassland habitats on site and can lead groups further afield into the Smestow Valley Nature Reserve, Hawthorn Wood or along the towpath. A biodiversity survey in July 2015 identified over 300 species of animals, plants and fungi on our own small site in Hordern Road and we are always taking more steps to attract more wildlife.
All activities are staffed by sessional staff or volunteers with appropriate qualifications and extensive experience in the relevant activity. Risk assessments are available and every session has a short introduction about health and safety on site. All staff with direct contact with children or vulnerable adults have had DBS checks. For school and youth group activities and vulnerable adults, it is expected that the group is accompanied by school/organisation staff.
For Nurseries, Primary and Special Schools, our activities can meet all Key Stages in Science and can relate to PSHE topics, language and writing development or numeracy e.g.
- Pond dipping
- Den building or fire lighting
- Bird box making (normally for over 10s)
We can also offer training for school staff teams on making best use of outdoor education
For Secondary Schools, we can cover:
- biology/science topics such as habitats, eco-systems; pollution; surveying, transects and tracking; pollination; species identification
- problem solving and team building
- transition days
- technical topics (bird boxes, green woodworking, gardening and planting, crafts)
- energy and sustainability, solar power
- bike maintenance and cycle rides
- canoeing (including Paddle Power qualifications and GCSE level);
- creative writing, art, numeracy, history in an outdoor learning context
For Youth Groups and Uniformed Organisations, we can provide
- day or evening sessions on any activity
- topics tailored to badge or portfolio requirements
- volunteering for a specific project
For community groups and groups for people with various specific needs, we can adjust to meet the needs of adults in an inclusive and relaxing way.
- Most activities can be delivered for adults.
- We can offer ‘stress reduction’ activities as a one off or a series.
- Walks and talks can be arranged on requested subjects e.g. bird watching.
For businesses, corporate events and training, we can offer
- Use of the Kingfisher Room for meetings or training (Hyperlink to Meeting Room)
- Activities to suit requirements e.g. a team meeting could be followed by a short relaxing boat trip or a training session could be matched with problem solving or canoeing.
- Employee volunteering (Hyperlink to Employee Volunteering)
To book: it is essential to contact us,
as a visit will not be finalised without full booking details
and confirmation of staff availability.
Please ring 01902 572240 or