Woodland School

  • Venue: Swinton Bivouac
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The Woodland School at Swinton Bivouac, run by Lea Eyre, is all about exploring the great outdoors and learning about it through play and exciting activities in the Druid’s Plantation.

We help children explore nature with a different theme with each session, children are invited to attend one session or all sessions. Parents are welcome to relax in the Café Bistro throughout the session.

Suitable for ages 7-11 years

£15 per child, per session with pre-booking required as space is limited. To book, please call our friendly reservations team on 01765 680900.


2nd June, 10.30am until 1.00pm – Celebrating Nettles – This session is all about celebrating nettles. Learn how to harvest nettles and cover the huge possibilities of uses, making nettle pesto for bread and cake, which will all be washed down with nettle tea.

2nd June, 2.00pm until 4.30pm – Fish Skin Tanning – This session will teach you how to tan fish skin, preparing the skins together using shells and other primitive tools before making up a bark tan solution to start the tanning process. Participants will then stretch and soften into leather to make a small pouch.

28th July, 10.30am until 1.00pm – Wild Pizzas – Learn how to identify and gather seasonal plants / mushrooms from the estate and use them for toppings for wild pizzas. Get creating using these and other seasonal foraged ingredients and then cook using the pizza oven at the Cafe.

28th July, 2.00pm until 4.30pm – Peg Loom Wall Hanging – Learn how to use a peg-loom and process raw wool to make your own wall hanging and experiment with natural dyes on wool.

4th August, 10.30am until 1.00pm – Wild Food Picnic – Learn how to identify various edible foods from the Estate before heading back to cook up and enjoy a wild food picnic, enjoying all sorts of tasty treats such as elderflower fritters and dandelion cordial.

4th August, 2.00pm until 4.30pm – Learning the Trees and Making Forest Art – Head into the woods and identify some trees, gather together materials naturally found among the trees around the Druid’s Temple to create a stunning natural masterpiece on the floor of the forest and some elder to make bracelets.

11th August, 10.30am until 1.00pm – Weaving Flat Tray from Natural Materials – Head out into the woods and gather materials such as larch, beech, willow, spruce and ivy, before making your own flat weave trays.

11th August, 2.00pm until 4.30pm – Foragers Tea Party – Identify and gather plants which are found on the Estate before heading for a tea party! Sit around with wild teas and enjoy the wild cakes and biscuits.

18th August, 10.30am until 1.00pm – Animal Poo & Puke – By the end of the session participants will be able to identify animals by their poo, playing match the scat to the animal and then make your own using an edible poo recipe… the best poo wins a prize! The session will also investigate an owls diet through their pellets.

18th August, 2.00pm until 4.30pm – Tracks & Track Casts – Connect the wildlife by looking at tracks and sign, participants will then learn how to make track casts before making their own from tracks they find on the Estate.

25th August, 10.30am until 1.00pm – Skulls & Bones – Learn to identify an animal from its skull and look at the bones of an animal and learn where different bones go by putting together a fox skeleton. Make a bone necklace to take home.

25th August, 2.00pm until 4.30pm – Blackberry Tie Dye – Gather blackberries and learn how to make fabric dye before making your own tie dye t-shirts, all whilst enjoying some different blackberry foods!

1st September, 10.30am until 1.00pm – Fascinating World of Fungi – Gather and identify all sorts of wonderful fungi from the Estate, learn how to identify mushrooms, how to spore prints and how to clean and cook with them.

1st September, 2.00pm until 4.30pm – Feathers and Willow Dream Catchers – Discover how and why feathers come in different colours, shapes and sizes and learn to identify them. Look for your own feathers on the Estate before using them to make a willow dream catcher.

27th October, 10.30am until 1.00pm – Halloween Special – This session is all about Halloween, creating witches brooms and spiders webs using hazel and birch from the woodland, enjoy some pumpkin soup and hogweed seed parkin whilst getting creative.


Suitable for ages 7-11 years

£15 per child, per session with pre-booking required as space is limited. To book, please call our friendly reservations team on 01765 680900 or email reservations@swintonestate.com.