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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…

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Wild Ideas

Wild Ideas

Wild Ideas is a special team-building experience, powered by nature. Over the course of a day, your team will be given the space to come together safely in a tranquil forest setting. Through activity facilitated by experts, participants will be inspired to develop bold, new ideas for working in a changed world.

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What is Forest School?

Learn about the key principles of Forest School and how we apply them to our work


What We Offer

Stomping Grounds deliver a range of regular sessions, community programmes and bespoke packages for organisations and private parties

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What People Say...

  • 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
  • We have noticed a reduction in [our son’s] OCD-related behaviours, which were initially prominent during the sessions, and an increase in his willingness to engage in activities independently and with less specific direction, both at forest school and at home.

    Anonymous Parent
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Our son had been out of education for a prolonged period. We were unsure how he would respond to working with new individuals or to being in an environment that he has previously found challenging. From the offset, we were reassured by the professionalism of the Stomping Ground practitioners; particularly how they managed the communication with us, the local authority, and the multi-disciplinary team working with him to ensure that his EHCP and previous experiences were understood, and their willingness to seek guidance when considering required supports for managing potential challenging behaviours driven by his autism and mental health difficulties.

    Anonymous Parent
  • 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 recommend

    Hannah Sorley
  • Back to nature. Joseph really enjoyed his time with the Forest School,
    just what every kid needs! Would recommend

    Katherine 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

Stomping Grounds Forest School is not-for-profit.

Our Values

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.

The Stomping Grounds Mission and Values
Our Values


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.

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Stomping Grounds Forest School
From the woodland trust. Protect ancient woodland to combat climate change. Some interesting numbers in this article!

Did you know that Dukes Hagg is classed as Ancient Woodland, and that’s why our team of amazing volunteers are working so hard to restore it to its wonderful native state by removing invasive species, thinning pioneer birch which supports larger trees to thrive and capture even more carbon, and hopefully soon harvesting some of the PAWs (plantation on ancient woodland) to support regeneration of native broadleaf
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Our Kindergarten at Gibside - National Trust is having an Open Day! We offer spaces to children between the ages of 2 and 7 years, running Monday-Wednesday and Friday 9am-3pm.

This Open Day will take place on Wednesday 6th October, and is a chance for you and your child(ren) to come and visit the beautiful site, meet the lovely staff, and ask any questions you might have.

Visits will be in two 90 minute timeslots, the first from 10am-11.30am and the second from 11.45am-1.15pm. Please note that the Open Day visit spaces are subject to availability and first-come-first-served, but we shall look into hosting more dates if the spaces fill up.

If you are interested in coming along, please email into with which timeslot you would like to attend and any questions you might have.

We hope to see you there! 🌸🌱🌞

#gibside #kindergarten #forestschool #nature #natureplay #outdoors #woodland #openday
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
We are searching for new families to join us on Friday mornings for FREE Family Forest Fun. Based in Benwell and suitable for children aged 2-7 with their parent or carer.
Story, songs, crafts, nature exploration and so much more!
Please do share with anyone who might be interested!
Fill in this form or message us to sign up
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Our Family Forest Fridays at Bridgewater School in Benwell enjoyed harvesting apples this week which they got to take home and share.
If you have a child aged 2-7 and live in Benwell or Scotswood, we’d love to welcome you to this group. Fridays 10-12. A story, a craft, some songs and campfire snacks. All completely FREE with thanks to Well Newcastle Gateshead and in partnership with North East Wilds CIC
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Less than two weeks to go until our first
☀️Women's Woodland Wellbeing☀️ group! For local women who are Karbon residents or live in Karbon neighbourhoods, these sessions are all about mindful practice and relaxation ✨ We'll get a roaring campfire going, make a hot cup of tea, explore woodland arts and crafts and form new friendships.

If you know any women Karbon residents who might enjoy and benefit from some woodland wellbeing, please share 🌸

Sunday 10th October and Sunday 14th November, 1pm-4pm, at our beautiful woodland site in Prudhoe. These sessions have separate booking forms - come along to either or both!

To book, or for more info, visit #focus=ev-s794-20211010130000" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">

We can provide taxi transport to and from our Ancient Woodland off Moor Road in Prudhoe.

See you in the woods! 🍁🌼🌞

#karbonhomes #wellbeing #mindfulness #nature #relaxation #artsandcrafts #womenswellbeing
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Our Saturday Clubs this week were chock full of adventure and discovery 🐾🌞🌸

We explored the properties of willow - making willow crowns, bows and arrows, and painting targets with some handmade paprika paint. A couple of our afternoon group kids launched a full blown bug hunt, finding some beautiful spiders and creating a bug hotel for them with a sign reading "Bug Hotel: please do not break." Looking at the mini beasts through the magnifier, one of the group said "I used to be scared of spiders, but now I really like them" 🕷🕸❤️

If you think your child would enjoy the freedom and wild play that Saturday Club brings, we still have spaces available on our afternoon group (1.30pm-3.30pm). For more info and tickets please visit: #focus=ev-sp1x-20211002133000" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">