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 our amazing Forest School. Run by Jenny and Caroline, the sessions are aimed at letting children experience the outdoors, learn new skills and meet new friends. Regular Foxbury Forest School sessions run fortnightly on a Thursday (during term time), 10.00am-12.00midday.

Spring 2018 dates: 11th, 25th January, 8th, 22nd Feb, 8th, 22nd March, 19th April, 3rd May, 17th May.

Forest School is aimed at ages 0-5 years. Each session costs £8 per child, then £4 for any additional child in your group. Childminders have access to a special rate of £4.50 per child.

Buy 5 sessions, and get the 6th one free! (not applicable for childminder rate)

Call 01794340757 to book. For more information on the Forest School, contact jenny.mueller@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01425 650035.

Foxbury is accessed via Half Moon car park, Blackhill Road, East Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AQ.

Activities on offer during this year's Forest School sessions include den building, creating wild art, green woodworking skills, outdoor cooking and story-telling, among many other things. All materials are provided, as well as snacks and drinks - but please bring a packed lunch too.

You'll also need to come prepared with appropraite outdoor clothing and footwear. Sessions will go ahead rain or shine, so bring along wellies and waterproofs if necessary.

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

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
" 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