To book places on any of our events, please ring 01902 572240
Good wishes to all our users for the New Year.
Fresh Ideas for Outdoor Education
The project is called Fresh Ideas for Outdoor Education and aims to help teachers who want to improve the use of outdoor education to support the curriculum at their school. This will offer one half-day session at a considerably reduced price to around 20 schools or voluntary organisations.
As you know, Wildside is a canal side oasis, providing wide ranging activities for young people of all ages and abilities, helping them to explore the outdoors and reconnect with nature. Well qualified, inspirational staff make learning relevant in an environment that excites the senses and encourages creativity. Examples of the activities we offer are on our website at https://www.wildsideac.co.uk/activity/activity-options
All our staff are very experienced. We have a good range of habitats on site. Risk assessments can be supplied. We are willing to discuss exactly what you would like to do and your curriculum needs.
In addition there are two training days for teachers and TAs on 27th April and 19th September, at a cost of £20 per head per day including lunch.
If a school wishes to improve its grounds or outdoor facilities for outdoor education, we could also offer advice and our Conservation Volunteers might undertake some of the work at an economical price.
We are looking for schools that would like to be positively involved in this project. We would be very pleased to provide further information and discuss your needs. If you would like to call us on 01902 572240 or email, we can take it further with you.
Family cycle rides
We have a new series ofopen rides. So if you have a new bike or want to get fitter – do join us.The next ride is Sunday 11th February, followed by Friday 23rd February.10.30am – 12noon on easy off road paths. Age 10 plus. You need to be able to ride a bike. £2 per person or £1 if you bring your Beat the Street card or fob. Bikes are available to borrow but do phone us in advance, so we can check sizes. Free safety check at the start.
For the first time, we are offering activities at February half-term. They will run from 20th to 23rd February. Bookings are now coming in, so please ring us if you are interested and don’t risk being disappointed.
Since this January, we are a recognised Learning Destination for the Children’s University. Children aged 7 to 14 can bring their Passport to Learning to most of our activities and ask for their hours completed to be recorded. http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/home/learning-destinations/wildside-activity-centre/
This group is for pre-school children to explore the natural world and get more confident in outdoor play. The leader is fully trained in the Forest School approach. Children love it and it is very successful. These Monday sessions are offered either from 9.30 to 11am or 1 to 2.30pm. Cost £3 per session per child. Please ring us if you would like to bring your child.Sessions run through February to 12 February and stop for half-term week, restarting on 26thFebruary.
The Watch Group
This Group is for children age 5-11 who are interested in wildlife. It normally meets in term time on the second Sunday of the month from 10am to 12 noon. TheFebruary meeting is on Sunday 11th February from 10am to 12 noon. The group will be finding out about ‘mysterious moles’.