Info for families


See the schedule below to find out when and where our Family Forest School sessions take place and how to book.

What to expect

Each session is quite a relaxed affair as we appreciate that life with small children often gets in the way of hard and fast schedules.

As people arrive, we draw their attention to the specifics that may or may not have been found on the morning’s risk assessment sweep, and we share with them our plans for the morning.

Alongside our planned activity, resources are available for a huge variety of choice in what children and families would like to get busy with; from lying in the hammocks to digging and making mud pies; searching for beasts or reading a story; painting and chalking or playing with water and so much more, the choices are there for all.

Then we disband and let the morning take whatever path it will take within the safe boundaries of the base.

Snack and drinks are available for everyone to have during the session, and handwashing is always possible.

Our sessions close with a gathering together time for those that want to, when we sing songs, chat about our morning and raise any issues that we have or information that we want to pass on.

After singing everyone heads off, after doing a little bit to help tidy up.

We look forward to seeing you there soon.

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What should adults do?

We encourage the adults to support the children in their activities rather than doing them for them or choosing for them.

We encourage the adults, whilst watching out for their child’s safety, to let them take some responsibility for their own adventures.

Whilst the children will be gaining a massive amount from being in the woods and playing together, we recognise that an important aspect to any parent and child group is the support and friendship that we as adults can gain.

Parenting is really challenging! And getting together with others can make it seem a little lighter for a time.

Photo for Tinderwood Trust by Sarah Mason Photographers

What to wear / bring

As the weather conditions vary through the year each adult bringing a child to the sessions is responsible for dressing themselves and their child appropriately.

Ideally both adults and children alike should have (depending on the season)

  • Long Trousers
  • Wellies/ footwear that protects toes
  • Wooly hat and gloves
  • Spare socks
  • Change of clothes in a carrier bag
  • Fleece/ sweatshirt
  • Jacket/ coat
  • Sun hat
  • Waterproofs

Eastwood family sites


Our long standing weekly Friday morning family sessions will be back with the hope of some springtime and summer term warmth on April 12th. Mud, pond life, singing and tea will be staples of every playful creative session with our experienced team and even though block bookings fill quickly each week 5 last minute places are available - follow the booking link here to find out more. Buy tickets for Tinderwood Trust (


Saturday morning sessions once a month for all the family with children of any age.

Our inital year of this project has now come full circle. New dates for 2024 will be announced in the new year.

Set under open skies above Hardcastle Crags in Pecket Well, our Treefield Forest School is a monthly invitation for families to come together, to play and learn creatively in the Forest School tradition. We will be led by the seasons to follow children’s interests and play themes, woven together with ‘jobs’ responding to the land including foraging, coppicing, hedge laying and cooking.

Treefield is a special space. Planted as part of the White Rose Forest 15 years ago, as a Treesponsibility community planting day, it is now full of life and nature. It is a unique habitat, for wildlife to call home. There are insects, butterflies, bees, moths and beetles. Voles, badgers, foxes and hedgehogs love it too, along with  little owls and many other birds.


!Hi, when coming to play out with us at Eastwood, Cycle and park on the site; come by Bus and then walk down from the main road, walk along the canal from either Tod or Hebden. If you come by CAR, parking is on the main road with a short walk either down Stoodley Glen to the tow path then swing a right at the Canal. Or come through the gated gap in the cricket club wall, walk towards the cricket pavilion, pop over the river bridge - Take Care - and .... TA DAAAAR there we are. Remember that there is absolutely no parking at all for cars down Stoodley Glen - lets not upset any residents!!

Sessions at Eastwood on Friday

Summer term is here at Forest School and the first half term of sessions will be live and bookable very soon! The first half term runs from April 12th up to and including May 24th (7 sessions). The second half term runs from June 7th up to and including July 19th (7 sessions) Attendance will be by block and last minute places only. Booking is via the above link from 1pm on Friday April 5th. Looking forward to seeing you all out in the woods soon.


Fridays 10-12 noon
For children 0-5 with parents/carers


Eastwood Family forest school site

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We ask those who can afford to do so to contribute to the cost of these individual family Forest School sessions.

We ask for a donation from families of £5 per child per session per child but welcome anything you can afford.


Spaces still available.

Please note: We run in all weathers with just two exceptions; if there is a strong wind or if the rain has been really heavy and the site is liable to flood. Either of these conditions would make it unsafe to be in the woods, and families will be contacted on Facebook or text message as soon as a risk assessment has been carried out. A message will also be shown on this page.