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The Hedgehog Club- Forest School for preschool children- babies to 4 years old.

What is it?

The Hedgehog Club is based on the principles of Forest School where the children learn by playing and exploring their natural environment. This approach helps children become more independent and develops their social and physical skills. The activities are led by what the children are interested in and are not directed by the adults. By signing up to a term at a time you are allowing your children to build on their learning from week to week. They will gain confidence in the surroundings and develop a relationship with the natural world.  For more information about Forest School and the benefits to children, please see

What will they do?

Your child will be able to explore the woodland, looking for bugs, playing in the mud, collecting sticks and other natural materials. Each week there will be a theme with related activities, which your child can choose to take part in. There will also be related craft activities. There will be a campfire with snacks to share, drinks and homemade biscuits provided.


Tuesday 10-12pm Cogges Manor Farm

Tuesday 1-3pm Cogges Manor Farm

Friday 10-12pm Deer Park Wood

How much does it cost?

Each session costs £10 per child. (For non-season ticket holders at Cogges it will cost £11 per session, which includes the entrance fee to Cogges.)

This will include: your own Hedgehog Club fabric kit bag with a bug hunting kit and craft materials for you to keep, snacks cooked on the fire, hot chocolate, squash, tea, coffee and homemade biscuits for both the children and the adults.

Joining Instructions

Please follow the links to access joining instuctions

Hedgehog Club - What you need to know

Cogges Joining Instructions

Deer Park Joining Instructions


Hedgehog Club Birthday Parties (from 1- 11 years old)

Due to current restrictions I am not running any birthday parties. Sorry. Watch this space

Where are they held?

 Hailey Community Wood, Breach Wood

What are the timings?

You can choose either a Saturday or Sunday, morning or afternoon.

Parties are for 2 hours.

What does the party include?

Each child is given a cotton party bag to decorate and wooden name tag to attach to it.

We can build dens in the wood, make clay faces, hunt for bugs or take part in natural craft activities. As well as woodland games.

We will have a fire and can cook either popcorn, stick bread or marshmallows. (Please choose one.) Hot chocolate/squash and hot drinks are supplied. (Please bring your own cups.)

There will be a gift for the birthday child and a small cloth bag of wildflower seeds for each child.

Some restrictions due to the pandemic:

At this time the numbers are currently restricted. For children up to the age of 4 there can only be 10 children with 1 adult per child. For older children there can be 12 children with a maximum of 5 adults.

How much will it cost?

£15 per child, minimum charge £150. Please see above for maximum numbers.

If you would like party food you will need to bring this and a cake if you want one. You are free to add extra items to the party bag.

What people say about Hedgehog Club birthday parties..

Fabulous birthday party for my daughters' 7th birthday. Butterfly hunting, leaf and wildflower pattern bags, campfires and marshmallows, den building, bug hunts, games and general running around having fun. Can’t recommend a Hedgehog party enough, 13 children kept fully occupied and the grownups got to join in too. In the words of my daughter " I don’t want to go to bed because I don’t want this day to end."