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Wild Detectives (Erddig, Wrexham)

August 29 @ 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 place in and around the Felin Puleston Outdoor Centre against the backdrop of the National Trust’s beautiful Erddig estate with ancient woodland, parkland 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 the Felin Puleston Outdoor Centre and 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

Erddig lies right on the doorstep of Wrexham town, easily accessible off the A483.

Erddig is home to Grade I listed gardens. Tours are given daily to visitors or you can freely explore the impressive walled garden, now restored to its 18th-century formal design. With rare fruit trees and a National Collection of Ivies, Erddig’s garden is a very special place.

Visitors can learn about its history, design, restoration and conservation. Discover how this magnificent garden is managed today. Then, in your own time, revisit your favourite parts, or just sit and relax.

Explore a much-loved home, garden and 1,200-acre estate filled with the stories of a family and their servants. Discover life above and below stairs in a unique family home that’s captured the way of life of a bustling household during the early years of the last century.

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Venue Facilities

Whilst you’re child is off enjoying our workshops, perhaps you might enjoy visiting the National Trust property for the day and take advantage of the many things Erddig Hall & Gardens has to offer…

  • Tea-room and restaurant
  • Take home a selection of peat-free plants in spring and summer
  • Try a bottle of Erddig’s own cider
  • Gift Shop with a variety of food, garden and locally-sourced gift ideas
  • Daily tours of the hall and gardens
  • Free parking
  • The Wolfs Den, a 2.5 acre natural play area for little ones
  • 1,200 acre parkland to discover

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 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Felin Puleston Outdoor Centre
Wrexham, LL13 7RF United Kingdom
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