Forest School at Foxbury

A child adds a branch to a den at Foxbury in the New Forest, Hampshire

Hidden away in the woodlands at Foxbury’s basecamp is the amazing Forest School. Run by Jenny and Caroline from Whittle Stix, the sessions are aimed at letting children experience the outdoors, learn new skills and meet new friends.

This Forest School Playgroup offers seasonal and nature themed Forest School activities such as including den building, creating wild art, green woodworking skills, outdoor cooking and story-telling, among many other things. All materials are provided

Suitable for ages 0-6. Meet at Half Moon car park, Blackhill Road, East Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AQ. Cost £8.50 per child; accompanying adults are free.

Booking essential: for upcoming dates and booking please use the Whittle Stix facebook page.

Foxburys basecamp features 3 cabins, a campfire circle, mud kitchen and a compost loo.
Foxbury Basecamp
Foxburys basecamp features 3 cabins, a campfire circle, mud kitchen and a compost loo.

An alternative way of learning

Forest School is an alternative educational approach that focuses on developing children’s personal, social and emotional development through regular outdoor experiences. Our sessions will help teach children about the wildlife and landscape of the New Forest.

Foxbury's famous mud kitchen lets children get mucky, and produce mud pies, cakes and soups!
Foxbury's Mud Kitch
Foxbury's famous mud kitchen lets children get mucky, and produce mud pies, cakes and soups!
" Forest School is a unique learning style; a way of building independence, self-esteem and a positive attitude towards learning in children as they explore and experience the natural world for themselves. The combination of freedom and responsibility can benefit children with low confidence or challenging behaviour, building valuable communication and team working skills."
- Jacob White, Community Ranger

The ethos of Forest Schools is to allow children the time and space to develop skills, interest and understanding through a range of activities which provide practical, hands-on experiences in a natural environment. Children are encouraged to play and participate freely in child-led activities, that are designed to fit in with the early years curriculum.

Children create some puppets using materials found on the Forest floor.
Foxbury Forest School
Children create some puppets using materials found on the Forest floor.