COVID-19 UPDATE: Unfortunately, we cannot run our Forest School sessions for home educated children due to the current lockdown. We shall be updating our website regularly once the guidance permits us to deliver sessions again. For any queries please email us at: [email protected]

Our Forest School Programme for home-educated children is the perfect opportunity for primary aged children to interact with other children and form friendships, whilst participating in a range of engaging activities that develop essential life skills. Children will benefit from improved confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, communication skills, gross & fine motor skills, problem solving skills, and some academic concepts (such as shape & measure). 


These sessions are aimed at children that are home-educated from 5-13 years old, whose parents want to provide them with regular access to an alternative form of education. 


Sessions are 3 hours and include a hot chocolate and snack. The sessions are generally child-led, but a range of activities will be offered over the course of the programme, including:

  • Fire lighting, maintenance and safety
  • Cooking skills
  • Team activities, such as building dens, bridges or tree-houses
  • Tool use and tool safety
  • Arts, crafts and activities using natural resources
  • Basic knots and lashings, and their uses
  • Tree climbing and building obstacle courses
  • Among many others


Salcey Forest (Northants)

Cold Harbour Outdoor Learning Centre (Bletchley, Milton Keynes)

When - What Time?

Sessions need to be booked in half-term blocks so that we can form bubbles as per the government guidelines in regards to COVID-19. 

Cold Harbour

Currently we are not able to run these sessions due to COVID-19

Our winter 2021 sessions will run from Friday 15th January at our Cold Harbour Learning centre site. This site is perfect for the colder months as we have 2 permanent shelters (one with a stove) and a private indoor toilet block.

Cold Harbour Block A:

  • Friday 15th January
  • Friday 29th January
  • Friday 12th February

Cold Harbour Block B:

  • Friday 26th February
  • Friday 12th March
  • Friday 26th March

Cold Harbour Block C:

  • Friday 16th April
  • Friday 30th April
  • Friday 14th May
  • Friday 28th May

All sessions start at 12.30am and finish at 3.30pm

Salcey Forest

Sessions at Salcey Forest will resume after February Half Term, once the weather is slightly warmer. The dates for your diary are listed below. We shall release the booking form in the New Year, please contact us if you would like to be added to our mailing list: [email protected] 

Salcey Forest Block A:

  • Monday 8th March
  • Monday 22nd March

Salcey Forest Block B:

  • Monday 12th April
  • Monday 26th April

Salcey Forest Block C:

  • Monday 10th May
  • Monday 24th May

All sessions start at 12.30am and finish at 3.30pm

How Much?

  • £13 per child per session

Hot snack and drink provided. 

Please note, parking is free at Cold Harbour, but only free at Salcey Forest for those with a Salcey Forest Membership, otherwise there is a parking charge of £2 for 1hr, £4 for 2hr, and £6 all day, payable to Forestry England - however, drop off & collection only is free at Salcey Forest. 

How to Book?

For Cold Harbour - Block A, please download and complete the booking form below at your earliest convenience, and return it to us at [email protected] .

 If you would a copy of our full risk assessment including our COVID-19 measures, or have any other queries, please email us on [email protected] or call 07872 470266.