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Wild Detectives

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

wild detectives: nature learning for kids in north wales

Is your child obsessed with nature? Do they collect creepy crawlies or old leaves and twigs? Perhaps they enjoy birdwatching or simply spending time getting stuck into nature in whatever way they can. Well, this is the day made just for them. Kids can join us for what we hope will be an inspiring day of discovery into the wonders of the natural world. So grab your magnifying glass and become a Wild Detective.

James & Lea from Woodland Classroom will lead children through a range of activities designed to appeal to their natural curiosity and nuture the Wild Detective inside.

We will be learning through play with plenty of nature based games which will get kids brains into gear and asking questions, whilst also having fun. We will be taking our discoveries back to the activity room for further investigation with microscopes, tweezers, field guides and a host of experiments. So, grab your magnifying glass! All this will take against the backdrop of our basecamp in the woods at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop ancient woodland, meadowas, orchards and footpath network.

Does your child fancy themselves as a YouTube star? Throughout the day kids will also be creating a video of their wild discoveries which we will then edit and put on our YouTube channel for them and their families to enjoy*

Activities will Include:

♦ Guided scavenger hunts through the woods and parkland

♦ Learning through play: nature games to inspire young minds

♦ Try out your ‘worm-charming’ skills

♦ Dissect an owl pellet and see what he had for dinner

♦ Become a tree guru: Identify native trees even when they’re missing their leaves!

♦ Make a plaster cast of a wild animal track

♦ Dive into field guides and learn how to use them

♦ We’ll be playing the kids’ favourite “Whose Poo?” Investigating animal droppings

♦ Create and star in our own film of the day’s adventures, to be published on YouTube

♦ Opportunities for play in the woods to give enquiring minds a break; den building, rope games and camouflage.

…but who knows what we will discover in the wild?

Tickets are £35 per child and £30 for each additional sibling.

This day is open to children aged 7-12 years.

All activities are based in and around our basecamp at Hawarden Estate Farm Shop and it’s surrounding woods. Children will make new friends and learn new skills whilst enjoying a fantastic day out in nature, all led by experienced activity leaders.

Parents don’t stay with their children during this event. Our forest school activity days are all supervised by trained and experienced staff… that’s us. If your child has special needs that you feel would require a parent or guardian to stay with them for the day though, we would advise getting in touch with us in advance of making a booking and we’ll see what we can arrange. We like to be as inclusive as we can.

To get your Tickets – scroll to the bottom of this page.

*If your child doesn’t want to be featured in the video, that’s not a problem, we will simply keep them out of the frame. Or maybe they can be the director 🙂 Do speak to us in advance if you have any questions or concerns about this. Check out our Woodland Classroom YouTube channel RIGHT HERE.

About the Activity Leaders

bushcraft skills in north walesJames Kendall is Bushcraft Instructor, Forest School Leader & Social Forester. He has been working in woodlands for over 10 years now. He recently received the Bushcraft Competency Certifiate awarded through the Institute for Outdoor Learning after 2 years of study. He was also the Project Manager for Long Wood Community Woodland, the largest community owned woodland in Wales, overseeing management of 300 acres (120ha) of broadleaf and conifer forest. He is a former Director of Llais y Goedwig, the voice of community woodlands in Wales.

lea kendall - counsellor and life coach

Lea Kendall is the co-founder of Woodland Classroom and has led hundreds of woodland activity sessions for groups of all ages. She is also a qualified Counsellor and Mindfulness in the Woods practitioner, specialising in Nature Therapy.


“I am a firm believer in the power of nature to be therapeutic for everyone. My training as an Counsellor worked toward my long-term goal to incorporate nature therapy into my services. I am passionate about finding ways to increase the self-esteem of people and encouraging motivation through positive experience, shared enthusiasm and a nurturing environment.”

About the Venue

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is an award-winning purveyor of local produce surrounded by 25 acres of its own fields, orchards and woodlands. Much of their meat, fruit and veg is reared and grown on the estate and is not only for sale in the excellent Farm Shop but also served up in their tasty cafe. The estate also plays host to the Good Life Experience annual festival and hosts an exicting programme of events throughtout the year. “Provenance is key to us because we not only believe in food that tastes great but that is also local, sustainable and is good for our community, the environment and our customer’s health.”

The Woodland Classroom basecamp is set within the estate’s beautiful woods where in spring you can find snowdrops and bluebells, in summer count the bird species and in autumn identify the bugs rooting around under the leaf litter.

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is easily accessible from the A55 North Wales Expressway. Chester City Centre is only 15 minutes drive away. Central Wrexham is just 20 mins drive away. The venue postcode is CH5 3FB.

workshops at hawarden estate farm shop

Venue Facilities

Whilst your child is out in the woods with us you might want to take advantage of the many things Hawarden Estate Farm Shop has to offer…

♦ Weekend Makers & Producers Market Place
♦ Cafe with a fantastic seasonal menu
♦ Kids adventure play ground
♦ Farm Shop including; butchery, fresh & local fruit n’ veg, a superb selection of local cheeses
♦ The best coffee in the area (fact)
♦ Nature trail
♦ Hawarden Old Castle (open to the public select dates in the year)
♦ An ever growing list of events throughout the year for all ages & more

You can find out more about everything the venue has to offer by visiting their website.

How To Claim your Discount for Booking Siblings onto this Event

We’re offering a small discount in order to ease the financial burden on families with more than one child. Hey, we like to help. So, in order to activate this discount at the checkout on this website, here’s what you need to do:

For 2 children from the same family – drop 2 standard Child tickets at full price into your Basket and at the Checkout simply apply the coupon codeWILDSIBLING2 to activate the £5 discount.

For 3 children from the same family – drop 3 standard Child tickets at full price into your Basket and at the Checkout simply apply the coupon code WILDSIBLING3 to activate the cumulative £10 discount.


Get in touch if you have any questions. Phone James, 07876 794098 or email us. Advance booking is essential. Tickets are available just below on this page.



August 1
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Hawarden Estate Farm Shop
Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire Flintshire CH53FB United Kingdom + Google Map
01244 533 442


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