Cassiobury Park

Cassiobury Explorers forest school groups

Cassiobury Explorers is a special project within the park. It aims to enable local children to have the opportunity to have lots of fun and interact with nature in a positive way. Sessions are run in a forest school style.

For more information or to book your place, email

Forest school

Forest school is an innovative educational approach to outdoor learning. It is a way of working with children outdoors, helping them learn, whilst developing physically, emotionally and socially and forming an appreciation and respect for the environment.

The sessions aim to be largely child-led and child-initiated and aim to allow the child to follow their own interests and develop at their own pace.

Forest School increases children's confidence, self-esteem, independence, self-awareness, motor and social skills.

As the weeks continue, the sessions are built on and the children learn to understand boundaries, stay safe whilst taking risks, explore at their own level and pace and use and develop creative imaginations.

Children will be out in all weathers - so dress up warm and be ready to get mucky!

Activities include:

  • muddy kitchen
  • minibeast hunting
  • tree climbing
  • den building
  • woodland crafts
  • wide games
  • campfire cooking
  • songs and stories
  • plus lots and lots of free play

Group meeting information

We have three regular groups.

Cassiobury Explorers - preschool group:

  • Children aged 2+
  • Thursdays, 1pm - 2.30pm
  • term time only
  • Parents and carers stay for the session
  • Younger siblings are welcome to come too and join in at their own level
  • Meet at the rustic bridge
  • Free but booking is advisable

Cassiobury Explorers - Holiday club:

  • for children aged 5+,
  • Wednesdays, 10am - 2pm year round
  • In the Easter and Summer school holidays
  • Parents and carers drop off children for the session
  • Children under 5 may not come to these sessions
  • free - booking essential

 Cassiobury Explorers - homeschool group:

  • For children aged 5+,
  • fortnightly - see what's on section for dates
  • alternating forest school and garden school sessions
  • All year round
  • Parents and carers stay for the session
  • Younger siblings are welcome to come too and join in at their own level
  • £1.50 per child  - booking essential

We can also run forest school sessions for other school or community groups at a cost of £2.00 per child (minimum fee £30).


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