Forest School Birthday Parties Offer Something A Little Different Your Usual Children’s Party
Depending on what you and your child are looking for in a birthday party package, there are many variations of forest-based parties. Some are run through qualified Forest Schools, and others simply take place in woodland areas but the host may not have recognised training in the Forest School ethos.
Finding a Forest School birthday party
It’s not too difficult to find a few different Forest Schools who offer parties; what is difficult is finding one in your area. A quick search engine query is all you need. There are 42 Forest Schools that are recognised as Forest School Providers by the Forest School Association. But they aren’t the only Forest Schools that follow the Forest School ethos or have qualified leaders. As such, you may need to search around a bit to find the right place.
We’ve come across Forest Schools that host parties from Northop, Warrington, Delamere, Chew Stoke, and Frome. Needless to say, you may need to spend a couple of hours searching to find a party that works through a company which offers the Forest School ethos.
Some companies that we have found are listed below. All of these companies use the Forest School ethos and run their own Forest Schools.
Earthwise, Bristol – Forest parties available in private woodlands in Chew Stoke or Frome. Earthwise’s parties are very child-led; they offer games, natural crafts, campfire snacks, and they also have a scramble net, rope swing, and a hammock.
Forest parties are priced at £160 for a half-day (which is 2 and a half hours). Price includes a snack cooked over a campfire. To ensure that children get the most from their experience they have limited their Forest parties to a maximum of 12 children.
Forest Explorers, Delamere – Taking place in Delamere Forest, Forest Explores offers parties from ages 3 to 10+. They cater to Fairies and Wizards parties, Den Building parties, and simple Forest Fun parties. Forest Explorers even take caring for the environment a step further by offering plastic-free party bags! They are a plastic-free business.
Each party activity finishes by toasting marshmallows over a fire and drinking hot chocolate. Food is not included in party packages; however, the company are happy to let you use their heated classroom (which they will decorate very colourfully!) where you can serve your own catering at the end of your party.
Parties are £190 for up to 15 children. Maximum 15 children for ages 3-5 years old, and a maximum of 20 children ages 6-12 years old for some of their party themes. There is an additional child cost of £10 per child for the 6-12 age parties (for example, if you had 16 children aged 6-12, you’d pay £200, rather than the £190 price for the 15-child party). Party bags are £4.50 each.
Plas Derw Trust Ltd, Northop – Plas Derw Trust offer birthday parties in several wooded locations to suit your needs. Their parties are available in Caerwys in North Wales, Wepre Park in Connahs Quay, and they are also looking into hosting in Chester.
Parties at Caerwys in North Wales cost £170 and are for children aged 6 to 11. There is a maximum of 12 children for these parties, which last three hours. Themes include Harry Potter, Woodland Fun, Magical Mischief, Superheroes, and Star Wars.
Parties at Wepre Park are also for 12 children, priced at £180. These parties are suitable for children ages 4 to 6 years old, and they last for two hours. Themes include Fairies, Pirates, Dinosaurs, and a Teddy Bears Picnic.
Types of activities
All Forest School parties are unique. Some are simple; offering children the chance to play, run, and explore the forest area. Others offer scavenger hunts, teddy bear searches, or campfire meals.
Forest fun parties are popular and include many of the types of activities you would expect from a regular Forest School programme. Examples of these would be den building or making your own magic wand from twigs.
Whatever the type of Forest School birthday arty you go for, we’re sure your guests will have seen nothing like it before.