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Wildwood events & crafts

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 (including Free events). 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




APRIL


Monday 13thApril -The Story of the Wildwood Bears
A short, illustrated talk on the story of our two rescued bears and how they came to be at Wildwood includes a visit to see them in their enclosure. 

2pm - 3pm. £2 per person, one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Tuesday 14thApril -Going On A Bear Hunt
Bring your singing voices and join in a bear hunt through the woods to find the bear’s cave, then RUN! Take home a paper bear to remind you of your escape.

2pm - 3pm. £2 per person, one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Wednesday 15thApril -Be a Bear
Become a bear from top to toe by making paper ears, nose, paws, claws and tails to take home.

2pm - 3pm. £2 per person, one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Thursday 16thApril -Bear Games
Learn why bears needs the forest and why the forest needs bears and make your own moveable bear.

2pm - 3pm. £2 per person, one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Friday 17thApril -Teddy Bears Picnic
Bring your teddy bear and a picnic for a lovely time with bear stories and teddy crafts.

2pm - 3pm. £2 per person, one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Sunday 19th April -
Skull Preparation Course

How to prepare a mammal skull for education or reference use, plus what skulls can tell us about an animal’s age, gender and health. Hands-on course for bones enthusiasts.

10.30am – 4.00pm. £30 per person.
Course Tutor: Anne Riddell
Min age 12yrs

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



Tuesday 21st - Friday 24th April -Student Environmental Enrichment Course 

This course is designed around the SHAPE format and accredited by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).   It is aimed specifically at college and university students (past or present) who do not currently work within a zoo setting, but are looking to do so as a career.   Over 3½ days students will gain a background in animal welfare and enrichment, dealing with welfare needs of different species, as well as providing practical skills in designing, building and testing enrichment within the settings of a working animal collection.  Our aim is to provide valuable experience and an overview of additional useful skills to a would-be keeper’s CV. 

Please note you must be 18 or over to attend this course.

Student Environmental Enrichment Course - course overview

The workshop registration fee of £150 includes:

For further information or to request a booking form please contact Mark Kingston Jones:

mkjones@enrichment.org




Saturday 25th April -Spring Foraging

In the days before supermarkets and worldwide imports, wild food foraged from the local countryside traditionally formed a large part of our diet. This one-day course is an introduction on how to forage safely. Discover easily recognisable plants that are good to eat and how to prepare and cook them. We will go for a forage along a local river, where you will learn to identify some common edible species before returning to sample our fare. We will also learn about foraging safety and the law. Own transport will be required for an off-site visit.

10.00am – 4.00pm. £40 per person.
Course Tutor: Steve Kirk

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


Sunday 26thApril -Snakes, Frogs & Bugs!
Meet some of Britain’s very own reptiles and amphibians and the experts who study them.

11am - 3pm. Free event
 - only Wildwood membership or entry fees apply. Drop in any time.


Tuesday 28thApril -Photo Day
A day of Wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Suitable for all levels and abilties. Gift vouchers also available.

10am - 4.30pm. £79 per person. Min age 16yrs. Must book.



MAY


Saturday 2nd May-Grubby Gang!
Let your kids go wild in the woodland! Learn  about animals and nature with different activities each week; including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures. Parents need not attend!

1st & 2nd Saturday of every month (approx.) 9.45am - 12pm. £8 per child per session. Get one session FREE when you book 4 sessions.  For children aged 7-11yrs. Must book on 01227 712 111


Sunday 3rdMay -Jack In The Green Story Time
Make a woodland garland, hear our magical spring story and meet our hand-reared owl at the wishing tree. 

2.30pm - 4pm.  £3 per person, 
one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111




Sunday 3rdMay -Hare's Moon Night Tour
See our animals under the moonlight on a guided Night Tour of Wildwood.  Experience the wolves tracking you silently through the woods like silver shadows on silent feet. Hear the beavers splashing in their pond and spot the wild boar rooting under the pine trees. Includes a hot meal in the Beaver Lodge Café. 

7.30pm - 10pm.  £20 per person, including food. Min age 10yrs.
Must book on 01227 712 111


Saturday 9th May-Grubby Gang!
Let your kids go wild in the woodland! Learn  about animals and nature with different activities each week; including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures. Parents need not attend!

1st & 2nd Saturday of every month (approx.) 9.45am - 12pm. £8 per child per session. Get one session FREE when you book 4 sessions.  For children aged 7-11yrs. Must book on 01227 712 111

Saturday 9th May -Bat Ecology & Conservation

An introductory course for enthusiasts or those starting out in bat work. Provides an overview of bat ecology and biology with a focus on bat species in Kent and the work of Kent Bat Group. Includes survey methods, monitoring, identification and a visit to our bat flight cage to meet live captive bats.

9.45am – 4.30pm. £30 per person.
Course Tutor: Hazel Ryan

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


Sunday 10thMay -Bee Day!
Meet Wildwood's bee keeper John Holmes as he checks the bees that make our honey and then make fun bee crafts.

11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm. Free event  - only Wildwood membership or entry fees apply. Drop in any time.


Tuesday 19thMay -Photo Day
A day of Wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Suitable for all levels and abilties. Gift vouchers also available.

10am - 4.30pm. £79 per person. Min age 16yrs. Must book.


Saturday 23rd May -Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey

A classroom and field based introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology to map and record sites. Ideal for professional ecologists and those working towards a career in this field. Learn to identify key indicator plant species that will help you to recognise and distinguish broad habitat types and gain confidence in writing target notes on habitat features.

10.00am – 4.00pm. £50 per person.
Course Tutor: Lesley Mason

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


Thursday 26th May-Bug Hunters
Go on a bug hunt to help us find the minibeasts living in the woods, then make cool bug crafts to take home.

2pm - 3pm. £2 per person, one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Thursday 27th May-Animal Books Day
Dress as your favourite animal character, hear some brilliant animal stories and make your own animal bookmark.

2pm - 3pm. £2 per person, one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Thursday 28th May-Poo in the Zoo!
Find out all about animal poo! Take part in our poo quiz and make a pooing horse to take home!

2pm - 3pm. £2 per person, one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Friday 29th May-Wolves' Birthday Bash!
It’s our wolves’ birthdays so make wolf crafts and visit their enclosure while they enjoy their birthday cake.

2pm - 3pm. £2 per person, one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Saturday 30th May -Bears - Their Natural History & Conservation

Bears are possibly the most charismatic of all the carnivores and have come to be symbolic of the natural world. This course aims to give an insight into this unique family, covering their evolution, how they live, what they eat and how they are adapted to their habitats. Bear mythology and conservation will also be discussed. A part of the day will involve a visit to see Wildwood’s own rescued brown bears and hearing their story about how they came to be at Wildwood.

10.30am – 3.30pm. £30 per person.
Course Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston

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


JUNE (so far... more to follow)

Sunday 7th May -Seashore Foraging

Learn how to identify and prepare edible seaweeds, shellfish and shore plants then sample the spring fruits of the seashore. Own transport required for travel to a local beach.

10.00am – 4.00pm. £40 per person.
Course Tutor: Steve Kirk

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





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


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 (including Free events). 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).