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Events Diary

Wildwood runs events and activities throughout the year; some need to be pre-booked, others are drop in.

All events marked "must book" must be booked in advance and take place in the Education centre unless otherwise stated. 

Please note that all under 18's must be accompanied by a paying adult (excludes Keeper Experiences).

*Access to events is only allowed if membership or entry to Wildwood has been paid. Excludes Night Tours, Photo Days, Zoo Keeper Experiences and Conservation Courses.


Please note that all events must be paid for at the time of booking and are non-refundable (unless cancelled by Wildwood).

Download our  Events Programme

To book any event (except conservation courses):
Call 01227 712 111


For conservation courses (in green text):
Call 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org





SEPTEMBER 2014


Tuesday 23rd
September -Photo Day
A day of Wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Gift vouchers also available.
10am - 4.30pm. 79 per person. Min age 18yrs. Must book.


Monday 29th
September -Change of Opening Hours
As the days get shorter our opening hours will be: 10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm)




OCTOBER 2014


Saturday 4thOctober -Grubby Gang

Let your kids go wild in the woodland at Grubby Gang! Get your kids out into the woodland to learn all about animals and nature, and to get grubby! There are different activities each week including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures. Parents need not attend, Grubby Gangis strictly for kids!

Grubby Gang is held on 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month (approx).
9.45am - 12.15pm. 8 per child per session.
Must book.
Book 3 sessions, get the 4th FREE!


Saturday 4th October -Harvest Mouse Ecology & Surveying
In partnership with The Mammal Society

This course will inform you about the key factors affecting the status and distribution of harvest mice in this country. You will have the opportunity to examine a variety of harvest mouse nests and gain practical surveying experience in the field which will be appropriate for The Mammal Society Harvest Mouse Survey.


10.00am – 4.00pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Steve Kirk

Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org


Sunday 5th October -Wildlife Animal Drawing Skills # 1
Session 1: Boars, Bison and other creatures

An introductory session which focuses on understanding animal anatomy and the pros and cons of working from animate subjects.  We will use pencil and sketchbooks, and practice a range of strategies to develop good drawing and seeing skills.

About Wildlife Drawing Courses at Wildwood

This series of drawing courses is designed to provide participants with a broad introduction to the basics of zoological anatomy and illustration, as well as tips on drawing an animate (and usually unpredictable!) subject.  You will have the opportunity to explore Wildwood and draw your favourite animals from life, and to experiment with different approaches and media.  The emphasis will be on rapid sketching in situ, but there will be some classroom work, with opportunities to work your sketches up into more finished work.  As each session focuses on a different subject and medium, you can book single or multiple sessions.


10.00am – 2.00pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Kristiina Sandoe

Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org
Other sessions on Sunday 2nd November / Sunday 6th December / Sunday 11th January
Discounts available for multiple bookings: Book 2 for 55, book 3 for 80, book all 4 for 100.



Wednesday 8thOctober -Hunter's Moon Night Tour

See our animals under the moonlight on a guided tour of the park to coincide with the full moon.

6.30pm - 9pm. 20 per person, includes hot meal in the Beaver Lodge Cafe. Min age 10yrs. Must book.


Saturday 11th October -Water Vole Ecology & Conservation
In partnership with The Mammal Society

Suitable for all levels of experience, this informative one day course focuses on one of our most iconic river dwelling mammals, the water vole. The course includes information on identifying field signs, habitat requirements, their ecology, legal protection and their predators/threats. The course will also include an opportunity to see captive water voles in situ at Wildwood and handle/sex the water vole under supervision.


9.45am – 4.30pm. From 84.
Course Tutor: Hazel Ryan

Please book with the Mammal Society on 02380 237 874 or at www.mammal.org.uk


Saturday 18th
October -Fancy Fungi Forest Walk

The woods are bursting with fungi at this time of year so go on a forest fungi foray to discover how to recognise some of the most familiar species.

2pm - 4pm. 3 per person. Not suitable for toddlers / pushchairs. Must book.


Saturday 18thOctober -Grubby Gang

Let your kids go wild in the woodland at Grubby Gang! Get your kids out into the woodland to learn all about animals and nature, and to get grubby! There are different activities each week including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures. Parents need not attend, Grubby Gangis strictly for kids!

Grubby Gang is held on 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month (approx).
9.45am - 12.15pm. 8 per child per session.
Must book.
Book 3 sessions, get the 4th FREE!


Saturday 25th October -The Ecology & Identification of Fungi

An introductory course to demonstrate the importance of fungi in the ecosystem and de-mystify the identification process. It will include some indoor microscopic examination followed by a forest foray to find fungi in their natural habitats (Species seen will be subject to fungi season).

10.00am – 4.00pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Steve Kirk

Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org



Monday 27thOctober -Change of Opening Hours

After the clocks change, we are now on winter opening hours: 10am - 4pm (last admission 3pm)



Monday 27thOctober -Magical Mushroom Crafts

Get into the Hallowe'en spirit with this mushroom-themed children's workshop. Discover the fascinating world of fungi, make magical spore prints and create mushroom & goblin crafts to take home.

1.30pm - 2.30pm. 2 per person, one adult free per group. Must book.


Tuesday 28thOctober -Photo Day
A day of Wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Gift vouchers also available.
9am - 4pm. 79 per person. Min age 18yrs. Must book.


Tuesday 28thOctober -Woodland Wizards

A spell-binding craft event to make your own wizards' hats, magic potions and brooms in time for Hallowe'en. Let your imagination run riot to see who can create the spookiest hat!

1.30pm - 2.30pm. 2 per person, one adult free per group. Must book.


Wednesday 29thOctober -Fairy Fest

Come dressed as a fairy, imp, gobin or other magical creature (there will be prizes for the most imaginative costumes), have your face painted and make a fairy wand, crown and scroll of wishes to post in the fairy postbox.

1.30pm - 2.30pm. 2 per person, one adult free per group. Must book.


Thursday 30th& Friday 31st October -Hallowe'en Crafts

Our most popular annual craft event! Decorate your home with witches' cats, rats, pumpkins and bats for a super-spooky Hallowe'en! Book early to avoid disapointment!

1.30pm - 2.30pm. 2 per person, one adult free per group. Must book.


Friday 31st October -Wildwood Fright Night

Come dressed in your creepiest costume and bring your carved pumkins to leave behind for our animals. Meet creatures of the night (owls & rats) and go on a spooky story walk through the darkened woods. Finally, test your bravery with feely challenges and enjoy a freaky feast of blood and witches' fingers (tomato soup & sausage baps!) Pumpkins and costumes wil be judged from 7.30pm

6pm - 8pm. 10 per child, 5 per adult, one adult goes free. Must book.


NOVEMBER 2014


Saturday 1stNovember -Grubby Gang

Let your kids go wild in the woodland at Grubby Gang! Get your kids out into the woodland to learn all about animals and nature, and to get grubby! There are different activities each week including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures. Parents need not attend, Grubby Gangis strictly for kids!

Grubby Gang is held on 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month (approx).
9.45am - 12.15pm. 8 per child per session.
Must book.
Book 3 sessions, get the 4th FREE!

Saturday 1st November -Small Mammal Survey Skills

Learn how to survey our smallest mammals usig live traps. Includes handling and identification.


9.30am – 4.30pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
Book together with Kent Mammal Identification (15th Nov or 31st Jan) for 50

Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org
Please note that course fees may be refunded if a survey is carried out for Kent Mammal Group. Terms and conditions apply, please ask when booking.


Saturday 1st November
-Pumkins Win Prizes!

Donate your carved Hallowe'en pumpkin for us to feed to our animals on Sunday. Prizes for the best! Pumkins will be judged at 3pm.

All day event, drop in any time (no need to book) Free event*


Sunday 2nd November -Tasty Pumkins!

Our animals will be enjoying their treat-filled pumpkins today. If you donated one on Saturday, see if you can spot who's eating it!

All day event, drop in any time (no need to book) Free event*


Sunday 2nd November -Wildlife Animal Drawing Skills # 2
Session 2: Horses

This session focuses on using shading to show form and volume, and we will be using our beautiful Konik horses as subjects. Soft pencil, graphite sticks or charcoal may be used. We will practice drawing detail to inform finished work.


About Wildlife Drawing Courses at Wildwood

This series of drawing courses is designed to provide participants with a broad introduction to the basics of zoological anatomy and illustration, as well as tips on drawing an animate (and usually unpredictable!) subject.  You will have the opportunity to explore Wildwood and draw your favourite animals from life, and to experiment with different approaches and media.  The emphasis will be on rapid sketching in situ, but there will be some classroom work, with opportunities to work your sketches up into more finished work.  As each session focuses on a different subject and medium, you can book single or multiple sessions.


10.00am – 2.00pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Kristiina Sandoe

Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org
Other sessions on Sunday 5th October / Sunday 6th December / Sunday 11th January
Discounts available for multiple bookings: Book 2 for 55, book 3 for 80, book all 4 for 100.


Saturday 8th November -Owl Pellet Analysis

Find out why owls produce pellets and how to collect them. Practice dissecting pellets and learn how to identify small mammal remains from skeletal fragments.  There will be an opportunity to visit the small mammals at Wildwood to see living examples of the species you have identified.


10.00am – 4.00pm. From 41.
Course Tutor: Hazel Ryan

Please book with the Mammal Society on 02380 237 874 or at www.mammal.org.uk


Sunday 9th November -Wolf Workshop # 1
Part 1 of 2: Life in the Pack - Wolf Ecology & Behaviour

Part 1 of 2 wolf workshops this autumn, this one looks at the wolf pack, how wolves communicate and conservation efforts to restore them back to their former range. Includes a visit to see Wildwood’s own European wolves.

10.30am – 4.00pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Anne Riddell
Min age 12yrs (under 16's must be accompanied by a paying adult).

Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org
Book together with Wolf Workshop # 2 (Sun 23rd Nov) for 50


Saturday 15thNovember -Grubby Gang

Let your kids go wild in the woodland at Grubby Gang! Get your kids out into the woodland to learn all about animals and nature, and to get grubby! There are different activities each week including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures. Parents need not attend, Grubby Gangis strictly for kids!

Grubby Gang is held on 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month (approx).
9.45am - 12.15pm. 8 per child per session.
Must book.
Book 3 sessions, get the 4th FREE!

Saturday 15th November -Kent Mammal Identification
In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)

Learn how to identify our larger mammals from their tracks, signs and sightings. Includes a tour of the park to see some of the animals in the flesh and a close up examination of skins, skulls and antlers. Please note that this course does not include mice, voles or shrews which are covered in the Small Mammal Survey Skills course


9.45am – 4.15pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Please book with the Mammal Society on 02380 237 874 or at www.mammal.org.uk
Book together with Small Mammal Survey Skills (1st Nov or 17th Jan) for 50
Please note that course fees may be refunded if a survey is carried out for Kent Mammal Group. Terms and conditions apply, please ask when booking.

Sunday 16th November -Junior Zoo Keeper

Do you know a budding zoo keeper? Let them discover what it's like to work as a keeper at Wildwood and how we care for our animals to keep them happy and healthy.

10am - 12pm. For children aged 7 - 11yrs. 50 per child. Must book.


Sunday 23rd November -
Wolves Workshop # 2
Part 2 of 2: Understanding the Wolf Inside Your Dog

Part 2 of 2 wolf workshops; understand how your dog’s behaviour is an echo of his wild wolf ancestry with dog trainer Dave Butcher and wolf expert Anne Riddell. It will include a visit to see Wildwood’s own European wolves.


10.30am – 4.00pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Anne Riddell
Min age 12yrs (under 16's must be accompanied by a paying adult).

Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org
Book together with Wolf Workshop # 1 (Sun 9th Nov) for 50


Tuesday 25th
November -Photo Day
A day of Wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Gift vouchers also available.
9am - 4pm. 79 per person. Min age 18yrs. Must book.



DECEMBER 2014


Saturday 6thDecember -Grubby Gang

Let your kids go wild in the woodland at Grubby Gang! Get your kids out into the woodland to learn all about animals and nature, and to get grubby! There are different activities each week including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures. Parents need not attend, Grubby Gangis strictly for kids!

Grubby Gang is held on 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month (approx).
9.45am - 12.15pm. 8 per child per session.
Must book.
Book 3 sessions, get the 4th FREE!



Saturday 6th December
-Holly Hullabaloo!

Get ready for Christmas with our festive craft event! Make fun Christmas decorations to take home from natural and recyled materials. Please book early to avoid disapointment!

1pm - 3pm. 3 per person. Must book.


Saturday 6th December
-Christmas Trees 

A range of beautiful Christmas trees will be available to buy from stock from Saturday 6th December. Christmas trees can be pre-ordered from the Wildwood Shop.


Sunday 7thDecember -Long Moon Night Tour

See our animals under the moonlight on a guided tour of the park to coincide with the full moon.

5.30pm - 8pm. 20 per person, includes hot meal in the Beaver Lodge Cafe. Min age 10yrs. Must book.


Sunday 7th December -Wildlife Animal Drawing Skills # 3
Session 3: Deer in Colour

This session focuses on using colour to enhance and inform our sketches, and we will be using our Red, Fallow and Muntjac deer as subjects. Any colour media may be used, but please bear in mind that damp weather will affect drying time for watercolour.  This is an ideal opportunity to practice mixed media techniques!

About Wildlife Drawing Courses at Wildwood

This series of drawing courses is designed to provide participants with a broad introduction to the basics of zoological anatomy and illustration, as well as tips on drawing an animate (and usually unpredictable!) subject.  You will have the opportunity to explore Wildwood and draw your favourite animals from life, and to experiment with different approaches and media.  The emphasis will be on rapid sketching in situ, but there will be some classroom work, with opportunities to work your sketches up into more finished work.  As each session focuses on a different subject and medium, you can book single or multiple sessions.


10.00am – 2.00pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Kristiina Sandoe

Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org
Other sessions on Sunday 5th October / Sunday 2nd November / Sunday 11th January
Discounts available for multiple bookings: Book 2 for 55, book 3 for 80, book all 4 for 100.
 

Saturday 6th Dec - Wednesday 24th Dec -Meet Santa!

Meet Santa in his wonderous woodland grotto at Wildwood! Every child gets a special present (assuming they have been good!).


Sat 6th & Sun 7th December                       12pm - 5pm
Sat 13th & Sun 14th December                  10am - 6pm
Sat 20th & Sun 21st December                  10am - 6pm
Mon 22nd, Tues 23rd, Wed 24th Dec         10am - 6pm

8 per child. Includes a present from Santa and a photograph. Must book.


Thur 11th & Fri 12th Dec / Thur 18 & Fri 19th Dec -Twilight Teas

Back by popular demand! A special evening of Christmas magic just for children. Enjoy a 2-course meal in the company of Santa's chief Elf, go on a woodland walk to meet the reindeer, make Christmas crafts and write letters to Santa. Each child will also meet Santa and receive a special present and photograph.

4pm - 6pm. 20 per child. Must book.


Saturday 13thDecember -Festive Fun Night

Come along to our Festive Fun Night in support of the Wildwood Bear Appeal. There will lots of wonderful things going on including the grand raffle draw at 7pm, Santa’s grotto, story time walks, cake sale, live music, festive refreshments, fun stalls and more!  

4pm till late.
Free entry after 4pm.



Tuesday 16th
December -Photo Day
A day of Wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Gift vouchers also available.
9am - 4pm. 79 per person. Min age 18yrs. Must book.



Saturday 20thDecember -Grubby Gang

Let your kids go wild in the woodland at Grubby Gang! Get your kids out into the woodland to learn all about animals and nature, and to get grubby! There are different activities each week including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures. Parents need not attend, Grubby Gangis strictly for kids!

Grubby Gang is held on 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month (approx).
9.45am - 12.15pm. 8 per child per session.
Must book.
Book 3 sessions, get the 4th FREE!



Christmas Day & Boxing Day-Wildwood closed for Christmas
Merry Christmas everyone!


JANUARY 2015



Monday 5thJanuary -Wolf Moon Night Tour

See our animals under the moonlight on a guided tour of the park to coincide with the full moon.

6.30pm - 9pm. 20 per person, includes hot meal in the Beaver Lodge Cafe. Min age 10yrs. Must book.



Saturday 10th January -Introduction to Smaller British Mustelids

The day is intended as an introduction to the smaller British mustelids - weasels, stoats, polecats, pine martens and American Mink. Identification, field signs, ecology, survey techniques and conservation will be covered. The day consists of a morning classroom session and an afternoon tour of the mustelids at Wildwood.


10.00am – 4.30pm. 30 per person
Course Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston
Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org


Sunday 11th January -Wildlife Animal Drawing Skills # 4
Session 3: Beaks, Claws & Feathers

Possibly the most challenging subject!  A great opportunity to study pattern and texture in feathers, and to consider the differences in structure and movement between various species of birds.  Any media may be used.


About Wildlife Drawing Courses at Wildwood

This series of drawing courses is designed to provide participants with a broad introduction to the basics of zoological anatomy and illustration, as well as tips on drawing an animate (and usually unpredictable!) subject.  You will have the opportunity to explore Wildwood and draw your favourite animals from life, and to experiment with different approaches and media.  The emphasis will be on rapid sketching in situ, but there will be some classroom work, with opportunities to work your sketches up into more finished work.  As each session focuses on a different subject and medium, you can book single or multiple sessions.

10.00am – 2.00pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Kristiina Sandoe

Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org
Other sessions on Sunday 5th October / Sunday 2nd November / Sunday 6th December
Discounts available for multiple bookings: Book 2 for 55, book 3 for 80, book all 4 for 100.


Saturday 17th January -Small Mammal Survey Skills

Learn how to survey our smallest mammals usig live traps. Includes handling and identification.


9.30am – 4.30pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Hazel Ryan
Book together with Kent Mammal Identification (15th Nov or 31st Jan) for 50

Please book with Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org
Please note that course fees may be refunded if a survey is carried out for Kent Mammal Group. Terms and conditions apply, please ask when booking.


Tuesday 27thJanuary -Photo Day
A day of Wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Gift vouchers also available.
9am - 4pm. 79 per person. Min age 18yrs. Must book.


Saturday 31st January -Kent Mammal Identification
In partnership with Kent Mammal Group (KMG)

Learn how to identify our larger mammals from their tracks, signs and sightings. Includes a tour of Wildwood to see some of the animals in the flesh and a close up examination of skins, skulls and antlers. Please note that this course does not include mice, voles or shrews which are covered in the Small Mammal Survey Skills course


9.45am – 4.15pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston

Please book with the Mammal Society on 02380 237 874 or at www.mammal.org.uk
Book together with Small Mammal Survey Skills (1st Nov or 17th Jan) for 50
Please note that course fees may be refunded if a survey is carried out for Kent Mammal Group. Terms and conditions apply, please ask when booking.




*Access to events is only allowed if membership or entry to Wildwood has been paid. Excludes Night Tours, Photo Days, Zoo Keeper Experiences and Conservation Courses

Please note that all events must be paid for at the time of booking and are non-refundable (unless cancelled by Wildwood).

Booking (where applicable)

To book any event please call 01227 712 111. Please note that some events are booked directly with the event organisers, please check listing for details.

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