If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure…to have some fun!
Scratching your head for things to do with the little ones this weekend? Well, we’ve got an idea: why not head to your local forest to check out the activities on offer? There’s more to forests than trees and trails – there’s so much to see, do and experience!
If you quite fancy a family forest foray, here are a handful of activities you can all get involved in:
If forests are nature’s playgrounds, then trees are nature’s climbing frames! Supervise your little ones as they monkey around, swinging from branch to branch. You might want to show them how it’s done first, though a sturdier tree may be required!
Aim…release! How do you fancy a shot (literally) at archery? The beautiful surrounds of the forest provides the perfect setting for you and your family to brush up on those bow and arrow skills – just watch out for the wildlife!
Find the Gruffalo
How do you make walking fun for kids? Turn it into a game of hide ‘n’ seek, of course! Giant wooden Gruffalos have taken over 15 forests across the UK (here’s the list) and you’ll be able to find them hiding amongst the trees. Each sculpture is carved in a different position – if you visit Wyre Forest, for instance, you’ll find the Gruffalo on his side having a snooze!
There’s something hugely satisfying about scavenging for forest materials and constructing your own shelter. Not only is den building fun, it’s a great way to bond as a family and it teaches your little ones valuable survival skills. For some expert tips, check out Forest Holiday’s guide on how to build the ultimate forest den.
Fairy tale forests
Forests are some of the most magical places on earth. Let your kids’ imaginations run wild as they explore the forest’s fairy tale features, from natural babbling brooks to fairy dens and giants’ chairs (which are perfect for story telling).
Fancy getting crafty? The Forestry Commission website has a number of fairy tale activity sheets available to download. Using the forest’s natural resources, you can choose to make everything from a fairy or elf outfit, to a leaf crown or bow and arrow!
For an utterly unique forest experience, it’s got to be Go Ape! We’ve got a number of tree-mendous activities you can choose from, whether it’s our award-winning Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior courses, our Segway Experience, or our one-and-only Zip Trekking Adventure in Grizedale Forest. With 30 courses across the UK, you’re bound to find a Go Ape near you!