Exploring the magical wonders of the woodland…

Little Forest School delivers woodland based activities for children and adults of all ages. We believe that the wonders of the woodland provide a creative space to connect with the natural world… A space to think, explore, reflect and most of all have fun.
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Little Forest School

This is a course for parents and children aged 0-99 yrs to spend some time in the woods exploring and being creative with the nature that surrounds us

Spend 6 delightful sessions becoming part of a team exploring the nature around us through play, exploration and creativity designed around specific age groups.

Summer Term Time Forest School Workshops 20th June & 18th  July 2023

Knowlands woods, Barcombe, Lewes

Tuesday 18th July  – Hares 10.30-12.00pm


September – Hares 10.30-12.00pm

Wilderness Wood:- Hadlow Down
Tuesday – Owlets 10.30-12.00pm
Wednesday – Fawns 10.30-12.00pm
Thursdays – Squirrels 10.30-12.00pm
Thursday – Home Ed 10.00-12.00pm
Fridays – Acorns 10.30am-12.00pm

Hornehurst Woods – Rotherfield
Wednesday – Hedgehogs 10.30am-12,00pm  (we hope to be running again in September 2023 )

Family workshops

kew wakehurst and Wilderness Wood


Forest School Outreach

Originating from Scandinavia the philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire children of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

At Forest School we develop a programme for specific needs, working with what you have as an outdoor setting. This can vary from woodlands, gardens, even an urban setting or concrete play area. We can create a natural world to encourage wildlife, and inspire the children and adults to use the space in a variety of ways.

Forest School Outreach


Unique School Trips

New site for School Trips….more information coming soon.

We are open all year round for school visits where we will provide you with a taster of the Forest School ethos designed to inspire young minds.

Forest school uses the woods and forests as a means to build independence and self-esteem in children and adults. Take advantage of this valuable resource to enrich and enliven the curriculum and stimulate learning. See our activity packs to choose your theme, then talk to a forest school leader to find out more.

School Trips

Intergenerational Forest School for 80 year-olds

Party in the woods…

Whether your celebrating a birthday party or want to make a group booking for a special occasion, we can help you design your perfect day from a huge list of activities. See our party options

At Wilderness Woods – Forest school sessions

Wilderness woods are an inspiring and beautiful landscape with 62 acres of chestnut coppice with stands of Beech, Scots Pine, Douglas, Cedar and Giant Sequoia. At the woods, trails, hatch serving tea, coffee and cake and toilets please visit Wilderness Woods, for more information.

At Parkwood – Campsite – School Trips

Situated within the South Downs National Park, our lovely site nestles at the foot of the South Downs close to Devil’s Dyke and the South Downs Way.

Within 23 acres of ancient woodlandthere are 19 secluded camping areas, each named after a part of Brighton or the surrounding settlements.  We can accommodate groups of various sizes, from teams of four doing their D of E (Duke of Edinburgh) training, to District Events of 300 plus.  The site is totally self-contained, the only access being via the gate on the A281


At Hornhurst Woods – Forest school Session and Parties

Hornshurst is approximately 200 acres of plantation on ancient woodland (PAW), the woodland is primarily managed for wildlife and conservation with ongoing conifer thinning and management to eventually revert the woodland back to a native deciduous broadleaf composition. One of our big projects at the moment is the reinstatement of a heathland at a previously clear felled area, our volunteer has worked tirelessly to clear birch trees and encourage heather back to the site. The woodland owner has always welcomed the public into the woodland and we have a number of user groups, including a forest garden, mountain bikers, horse riders and of course forest school. Having young people at Hornshurst learning about and enjoying at forest school is the latest and very exciting new addition to the woodland.

Knowlands woodland – Forest School Term Time

Knowlands Wood is 75 acres of old hornbeam, oak and mixed coppice on the north side of Barcombe with Church Farm to the north and Knowlands Farm to the south of it. it has become a wildlife haven. It had not been touched since the war and was a uniform dark canopy, largely without birds or flowers. Now it is home to a wealth of bird life, flowers, deer and other flora and fauna which were not there before. This has been achieved by coppicing and making open areas and rides. Silver-washed Fritillaries and White Admirals are now a regular feature of the woodland clearings in July. Hunter gather cook and the nest folk also use these woodland from time to time.