Activities will include amongst others:

  • Den building
  • Fires and outdoor cooking
  • Bushcraft
  • Fire lighting methods
  • Knife work and Whittling
  • Natural Art
  • Mini beasts/pond dipping
  • Stream Damming
  • Natural Musical Instruments
  • Sculpture – Clay/ Natural Materials
  • Backwoods cooking
  • Forest school
  • Alternative Provision
  • Curriculum Linked Educational Visits
  • Story Time


Schools and Nursery Groups – Visits

Schools are invited to visit the Arboretum on Mondays and Tuesdays when the Arboretum is closed to the public. The entrance fee is £3.50 per child and there is no charge for staff or helpers. Click here for Booking Form..

Groups / Bespoke Sessions/Parties

Groups can be catered for please contact us for details.

Welcome to ‘The World Outside’

We are the outdoor activity and forest school provider based at Bodenham Arboretum.

It is very important to us to provide opportunities for everyone, from families  and individuals, to schools and corporate groups to get
outside for fun and curriculum linked activities in the woods.

Participants  can enjoy outdoor activities in a relaxed and spontaneous manner though a variety of focused and learner-led activities.  This allows the participant to develop and learn in a way that is beneficial to their development of self-esteem, confidence and respect and provide opportunities for an inquisitive and positive relationship with the natural world.

Take a  look at the services we offer and get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you


Forest School at Bodenham Arboretum gives children freedom to enjoy the natural world in the way we would have done ourselves as children, within a safe and secure environment.

In the form of bespoke sessions and regular events, individuals, families, youth organisations, corporations and educational establishments can learn play, explore and get close to nature in a fun and interactive way.

Activities run throughout the year, so be prepared for all weathers!

To find out more please contact Sandra on 07765394456 or email



Enhance your school visit to the Arboretum with Forest School. All Key Stages are catered for with child-led learning and curriculum linked activities that develop inquisitive and positive relationships within the natural environment. We provide for all through fully insured and first aid trained staff, risk assessed activities and bespoke programmes    Read more…

Coporate and Bespoke Sessions for Adults and Groups

Adult team building days for your school or cooperation primarily based outside in the woods of the arboretum.
A bespoke programme will meet the needs and abilities of your team. The activities will test initiative whilst not being too physical and will provide opportunities for the whole team to be involved. Read more..

Bespoke Sessions and Parties

The World Outside can cater for your event whether it’s your child’s birthday party or your group’s needs.
A Forest party is something really different and great for children of any age from 2 upwards as we tailor the activities to suit their abilities, interest, and age groups. Read more..!

Wilderness Explorers – Nature Experiences

Family fun

At Bodenham Arboretum we run forest school sessions for the under fives, 5 – 12 year old’s and 9 – 14 year old’s during the summer holidays. Children to be accompanied by an adult unless otherwise stated.  Read more…

Whats On!

The World Outside runs a variety of sessions for children and adults with in the grounds of Bodenham Arboretum throughout the year!


To get up to date information please head to The World Outside Web site and check out the information below


Places limited book early to avoid disappointment!


Jul 24 – Aug 30 2019 – Wednesdays & Fridays…

…for 5 – 12 year olds
Wednesdays 10 – 12 noon & 1 – 3pm
24th & 31st July, 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Aug

Fridays 11.30 – 1.30pm
26th July & 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th Aug


(Younger and Older siblings welcome – but must be booked in and paid for)

Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult

Cost £5.50   (siblings £4.75)



Fri 26th July – Aug 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
Cost £4.50 (siblings £4.20)

Meet 10 minutes before the start of the session outside the Visitors Centre. Activity clothes and sturdy shoes are a must for all.  Bring waterproofs, wellies, suntan cream and a sun hat (a change of clothes for the journey home). Long sleeves and trousers recommended!



Sessions run from Thursday, 25th July – Thursday 29th August.

The ‘Drop Off & Leave’ holiday clubs comprise a 7-hour session (9am – 4pm) for 5-12 year olds (older children are welcome), run with the ethos of forest school and a wonderful introduction to Bushcraft and other fun forest activities every Thursday throughout the summer holidays!

£28.00* per child / 2 children that are siblings £50* / 3 children who are siblings £70*
10% Discount for booking three dates or more.
Includes a camp fire snack.

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To book –

For further information on times, activities and prices, or if you are struggling to book, please contact Sandra on / tel: 07765 394456



Every Friday during term time – 10 – 11 ,and 11.30 – 12.30pm

Places are limited  – booking essential!

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This is a forest school session exclusively for those that home educate their children.

Based on the philosophy of forest school, this is a child-led session that allows children to develop self esteem and self confidence by spending time in the natural environment .

It is a relaxed group that meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month, except in the school holidays.

Activities include den building, natural crafts, pond dipping, stream damming, bug hunting, cooking in the fire, etc

The sessions run from 10.30am – 12.30pm, however we will meet at 10.20am for a prompt start at 10.30am.

Anyone attending will need sturdy footwear, warm activity clothes and waterproofs.  The sessions are held outside and carry on regardless of the weather conditions!!

The only thing that will stop us is high winds, thunder storms or deep snow!!

All children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult!

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For further information on times, activities and prices, please email Sandra at or take a look at the website

or alternatively ring Sandra on 07765 394456