This club is currently not running due to the pandemic. Watch this space for updates.
What to expect -
The session runs every Friday during term time from 10am – 12 noon, and includes hot chocolate and homemade biscuits, as well as hot drinks for the adults. It is open to all preschool age children, from when they are crawling to school age, and their carers and costs £7 per child over 6 months of age and £6 for siblings.
At Deer Park Wood your child will be able to:
Play in the mud
Listen to stories
Look for bugs
Take part in natural craft activities
Cook snacks on the fire
Make things from sticks
Play in the mud kitchen
And go wherever their imagination takes them….
Come and join us each week for fun activities in the outdoors. You can book for the whole term and receive a discount or book week by week.
Where is the Hedgehog Club at Deer Park Wood?
Deer Park Wood is between Deer Park Road and Range Road in West Witney.
We will be at the Outside Classroom.
The green area on this map is Deer Park Wood.
If you are lost call Mandy on 07767078876 for directions.
Arriving by foot
There are 3 entrances – 1 from Range Road, 1 from De Havilland Way and 1 on Deer Park Road, opposite Valance Crescent.
Arriving by car
Park in De Havilland Way, OX29 0YG.
Coming from the Curbridge Roundabout follow the signs to Burford. At traffic lights turn left onto Range Road. First right is De Havilland Way.
Coming from Burford Road, turn at the traffic lights down Deer Park Road. At next traffic lights turn right into Range Road. Take the first right into De Havilland Way.
There are a number of industrial units here but we can park on the road opposite them. Park as near the top of De Havilland Way as you can. The tarmacked footpath into the woods is on the right just before the last warehouse along the metal fence. At the end of the path go up the steps and through the trees to come out in a clear area. Turn right here and walk a few metres to the Outside Classroom to find us.
What do I need to bring?
We will have hot chocolate, home-made biscuits, tea and coffee for the adults. Please bring any other drinks and snacks that you want to have. Bring spare clothing in case of accidents, plastic bags for wet stuff on the way home! Drinking water will be available.
There are no toilets at Deer Park Wood so we can use the trees or bring a portable potty
Will a session ever be cancelled?
The sessions will take place whatever the weather- so please dress appropriately. The only time the session will be cancelled will be in high winds or unforeseeable circumstances. Please see terms and conditions for refund conditions. Please make sure I have up to date contact numbers in case of cancellation.
What do we wear?
Please dress for the weather conditions. Warm in winter and cool in summer- but with arms/legs and feet covered for protection. I want everyone to enjoy the sessions fully so please come prepared as cold/hot/wet children cannot enjoy themselves to the full. (Please see Clothing Policy on this website.)
This club is currently not running due to the pandemic- watch this space for updates.
Every Wednesday during term time I will be running the Family Forest School down by the lake for children up to the age of 7. If you have a season ticket or have paid to get in you can join us for free. Just come down to the site to join in the fun. No need to book just turn up. During term time the fun starts at 10.30am and finishes at 3pm. Winter hours currently apply- 10am until 1pm.
During the school holidays the sessions are open to older children as well and activities are provided that are suitable for all ages.
Cogges Manor Farm
Good News- The Hedgehog Club will restart on Tuesday 8th September!
A term time Forest School for preschool children and their carers, taking place each Tuesday. There are two sessions one from 10am until 12pm and a second session from 1pm until 3pm. We will be bug hunting, playing in the mud kitchen, taking part in natural craft activities, listening to stories, climbing, playing in the mud...to name but a few activities we will get up to in the woods. We will cook snacks on the fire each week and there will be hot chocolate and homemade biscuits as well as tea and coffee for the adults.
The clubs will restart but with some changes, as I am sure you were expecting.
The numbers will be limited to 10 children and 1 adult per family
You will need to book for the whole term so we can keep a ‘bubble’. I am no longer able to take week by week bookings.
Drinks and biscuits will be available, but they will be served by 1 person, so not a help yourself as we have done previously. If Tom is not able to help out each week, I will be asking for a parent volunteer each week to do this for everyone. Thanks.
You will need to bring your own cups for yourself and the children
There will be individual kit bags so that children are not sharing resources
The mud kitchen will be there, and I ask you to help your children social distance from each other while playing here
I have had to increase the price slightly to cover some of the extra costs of cleaning materials and extra resources that I have needed to buy.
It costs £8 per session, with discounts for siblings. If you are not a season ticket holder for Cogges there will be a charge of £2 per week.
Booking is through The Hedgehog Club website.
Hedgehog Club Birthday Parties (from 1- 11 years old)
Due to current restrictions I am not running any birthday parties. Sorry.
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."