Our holiday club is back this half term, at Dukes Hagg in Prudhoe! Drop your children off at our beautiful Ancient Woodland for a couple of days of screen free wild play, as nature intended. Suitable for primary aged children. Maximum 12 children, 2 expert practitioners, fire, foraging, cooking, whittling, playing, splashing, exploring, building.....adventure! stomping-grounds.org/book
Stomping Grounds Forest School is a social enterprise working throughout North East England to bring communities together and reconnect them with nature. Find out more about who we are, what we do and what we believe in…
What People Say...
Volunteering with Stomping Grounds is the highlight of my week! Forest School is everything I hoped it would be – a space for children to be themselves, be wild, have some freedom and autonomy and to learn and play outside of the classroom. It’s such an important opportunity for the children and it really does feel like a privilege to be part of it and to spend my Friday mornings with this bunch of vibrant, inquisitive little explorers.Lani
My girl started at the under 5 group after she just turned two and has been going for the last 18 months. It has been a huge part in developing her deep connection with nature and her confidence in the outdoors. Our son has been going since he was born, and has now got his forest legs. It’s a great programme, that I also loved as an adult. We would still be there if we weren’t moving away. Really miss it.Dave Nguyen
I’ve spoken to Sophie who shared her aspirations for these woods and it will be fantastic for children to learn about our countryside and its diversity as well as its maintenance. I am really excited about these woods and that they have been saved for future generations.??Brian Hudspith
I have just completed my first term of Forest School with my almost 4 year old and 1.5 year old. It’s been a wonderful experience, the kids have flourished in the environment and they have had the freedom and responsibility to try activities that they would never have been able to try in a different setting. Sophie is a great facilitator, nothing is too much trouble and overall the atmosphere amongst the group has been really welcoming and friendly. Will be back again soon!Katy Madgwick
Myself and my little boy Oliver (13 months) have been going to the under 5’s session every Monday and we both love it! So nice to see kids getting involved in outdoor activities and being exposed to risk taking, decision making, nature and crafts in a family friendly way! Brought my 5 year old niece to the launch day and she has absolutely loved it and is really looking forward to coming for a few summer school sessions!Sarah Louise Glover
My toddler has been going to the under 5s sessions in Brockwell Woods for over a year now and we both love it. Sophie is wonderful and very good at getting small children engaged! MJ enjoys using tools and having the space to get clarty. She still has a small car which she made in forest school and carries everywhere proudly telling people that she made it. Its a lovely group for adults too – everyone is friendly and lends a hand. Would highly recommendHannah Sorley
Back to nature. Joseph really enjoyed his time with the Forest School,
just what every kid needs! Would recommendKatherine Fletcher
My two boys had the best two days with Stomping Ground Forest School during the Christmas holidays. They absolutely loved it. I dropped them off both days feeling great trepidation, especially on the first day when it rained literally all day, and both days they came home so full of everything they’d done and all the fun they’d had: crafts, making dens, campfires, roasting marshmallows, splashing in mud (or the ‘mud on your face game’ as my oldest called it)… My washing machine may never recover but am delighted they had such fun! Would recommend to anyone.Julia Louise
Fantastic bumps & babies session this afternoon. A very welcoming group to meet other parents and share a love of all things outdoors.
A huge thank you to the forest school leaders for trialing these new sessions! I can’t wait to bring my little one along to join in once he arrives ♥️Sadie Diamond-Fox
Stomping Grounds have been providing regular forest school sessions at our school for the last 4 years. Every class who work with them love the lessons and the opportunity to get up close to nature.
The forest school teachers are always highly professional and have excellent regard for the needs of individual children, as well as for the safety of the group. They form great relationships with the pupils and never fail to create interesting and inspiring learning that ensures our pupils always want to come back for more!Tim Godfrey, Mountfield Primary School
My 6 year old attended the Chopwell Forest School for the first time and he absolutely loved it! He’s not stopped talking about how much fun it was! Thank you!Angela Dennison
My son really loves his Saturday forest school adventures! He has grown in physical confidence and is much more daring in what he will do and attempt. He’s also much more comfortable with things like insects, muck and the stuff of nature! It’s a great way for children to explore the natural world, make new, non-school friendships and learn to cooperate, enjoy the outdoors and push their own boundaries. Out of school activities can be tricky if your child isn’t ‘sporty’ or doesn’t want to do drama, dance etc. Forest School is the perfect solution! I like how it has a good balance between structured and unstructured play too. Would recommend to all.Sarah Raad
Our passion is to create Forest School opportunities for all children, not just for those who’s parents can afford to pay for it or understand its aims.
We believe that by reconnecting communities with the natural world, humans can gain a deeper understanding of our place within the ecosystem and how our choices and actions can impact the environment.
If you’re looking to start a career in outdoor education, or just want to spend more time outdoors, we’d love for you to come and join us at one of our beautiful sites throughout the North East.
1 day 16 hours ago
We are so excited to be working with North East Wilds on our Forest Lunch Club project creating a safe and inspiring space for the women of Chopwell to meet, talk, cook, create and connect. Here's an excellent opportunity to get involved, as we're looking for a local photographer to document some of the fun we have planned.
Thanks Kate! I'd love to work with you! My Instagram is www.instagram.com/victoriaclarephotography and my website is www.victoriaclarephotography.com I specialise in un-posed images that tell a story. I love to capture the beauty of everyday moments. Give me a shout if I can help in any way 😊
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2 days 9 hours ago
Join us at Family Fun on Saturday where we'll enjoy the bounties of the recent windy weather - its a cone bonanza! We'll be hearing about The Squirrels Who Squabbled and then getting crafty to make our own fir cone squirrels. The stream is waiting for small hands and feet, hammocks are ready for swinging, a fire will cook a tasty snack to share and we'll sing songs together. What better way to spend a Saturday morning? Stomping-grounds.org/book
3 days 18 hours ago
Looking for support with our volunteer programme. Does anyone know of any pots of money to support dbs, travel expenses, training, plus chainsaw training and PPE. We have a growing team of sessions support and woodland management volunteers that we’d like to do right by :)
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6 days 20 hours ago
*TODAYS SATURDAY CLUB CANCELLED* Whilst we were excited to start Saturday club this morning, due to predicted wind gusts of 60mph we are postponing start date to next week. It’s a shame but we have to prioritise safety. We’ll be in touch with an additional date to make up for it :)
1 week 18 hours ago
....the muck and mud matters, for mucking around in the fallow soil creates the potential for creativity, ideas or rebellion. Wonder is what happens in the gaps..... Jay Griffiths, Kith
1 week 1 day ago
Starting on Monday. We've lost a few of our regulars to pre school 😭 so are looking for new recruits! stomping-grounds.org/book
Unrelated to forest school, but had to share cos my boy is featured! 💓
I returned to Mount field today after an extended 18 month maternity break, with thank to Pickle or holding fort whilst I was away. There was no ‘back to work nerves’. When at one point I had a mild panic my planning wasn’t up to scratch I remembered how amazing the children were and that my role is as mere facilitator and safety supervisor.....the kids own it! It was amazing to be back and to watch them use the space in so many different and relevant ways. A group of boys lifted a pile of wood from one end to the other. Purposeful? Yes. The purpose was the lifting. Collaborative. Yes. Good for physical development yes. And with heavy work being the first intervention from most occupational therapists, excellent for sensory regulation. An hour well spent. Another risk taker who experiences mishap after mishap yet continues to approach every task with both feet first, suddenly experienced fear half way up a tree. Paralysed with fear, stuck. He found his way down with support. A bit of a light bulb moment for a 7 year old who’s teachers suggest his approach to risk is not always well thought through. There was…