50 things at Badbury Woods
Children can lose themselves in play in these bluebell woods, located at the site of a former Iron Age hill fort. Explore the replanted beech wood at the top or strike out in a north easterly direction, following tracks as they tumble downhill. Here kids will stumble across dens made by previous explorers, perfect for hide and seek or improvement. Others will want to strike up new constructions, track wild animals or make a den for a wild animal.
Badbury Woods is on the A4019 between Highworth and Farringdon. It is just under two miles after Coleshill village (when heading east towards Farringdon).
04 Build a den
Whether you fancy making improvements to existing hide-outs, or striking up a new construction, these woods are perfect for den building.
12 Make a trail with sticks
Let young explorers lead the way, leaving a trail of sticks for you track behind them...
22 Explore inside a tree
Keep your eyes peeled for older trees with hollows, and discover what's inside them.
31 Hunt for bugs
Discover what creepy crawlies live under the leaves and fallen branches. Take your magnifying glass to study them closely and take photos so you can identify them properly at home.
34 Track wild animals
Who's been here? Watch out for chewed pine cones, scratched tree bark and paw prints in the mud. Young trackers can hunt for deer, badgers and squirrels in the woods.
36 Make a home for a wild animal
Finished making your hide-out? Then why not make a den for a wild animal to live in next door...
44 Go bird watching
Bring your binoculars, and go bird watching. Spot red kites and buzzards soaring above the fields looking for prey, from the clearings on the fringes of the woods. Listen out for the distinctive sound of woodpeckers and cuckoos.
45 Find your way with a map and compass
Coming soon: Watch out for our orienteering challenges through these woods, which will be available to download soon. There will be three different waymarked trails, of varying degrees of difficulty to appeal to children of different ages and capabilities. We will also have a simple map and trail available for families wanting a gentler challange. Don't forget to pack your compasses!