What to expect

Sessions run as a free-flow, child-led exploration of the forest. Our circle time together actually comes at the end of our session – instead we always begin by letting the children delve straight into the forest independently, exploring the woodland with you at their own pace.

Each week we offer two new creative activities and a seasonal tuff-tray sensory exploration, alongside our permanent weekly activities on offer such as the digging bed, mud kitchen, skittles, charcoal painting and much more.

We like to create a relaxed environment where the children can roam as freely as they like, all within the safety of our private, secure woodland.

Towards the end of our session, we will gather in a circle around a fire for a delicious snack and seasonal singing or storytime.

What to bring?

Please check the weather before you visit! Although we have good shelter here in the forest, both you and your child will need suitable clothing come rain or shine.

Bowl, Spoon & Cup

Every week please bring a bowl, spoon and cup for our fireside snack. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for you and your child in addition to this.

Suitable clothing

Please dress your child in suitable clothing – plenty of warm layers, a hat, gloves and waterproofs when it’s cold. Snowboots are better than wellies for warmth, but if your child has wellies, plenty of thick socks are advised. When it’s hot, closed shoes, a hat, and long, loose-fitting sleeves and trousers are best for keeping cool but covered up

Wipes & rubbish bag

You may wish to bring wipes and a rubbish bag for your litter. The nearest bins are at the cafe.

Frequently Asked Questions:

It there a toilet?

There is a compost toilet in our woodland and a public toilet with changing facilities at the cafe, which is open Weds-Sunday.

Is there buggy parking?

There is no buggy parking under cover so please bring your pram rain cover. We can offer tarpaulins to drape over your prams as an extra cover if you need them. Alternatively, bring your little one in a sling or walk to us, where possible!

Parking & Location

Our private Forest School is situated in the woodland behind the cafe.

Please be aware that it can take a little while to walk to us from the car park, which is situated on Long Beach Road.

Please avoid blocking the road by parking within the Willsbridge Mill site itself, as it prevents the bin collectors and cafe delivery drivers from accessing the Mill

Willsbridge Mill

Willsbridge Hill


BS30 6EX