The Wildwood Trust

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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).

Lunch is not provided for all-day courses (you are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase lunch in the cafe.

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






JULY

Saturday 4th July-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 4th July onwards -Introduction to Beekeeping

This 8-week course is designed for complete beginners who are looking for a “Hands On” course which will give you the knowledge and confidence to get your first colony of honey bees. Follow the work of Wildwood’s very own beekeeper and learn the skills of this ancient art. Please note that this course is weather dependent and takes place outside.


11.00am – 4.00pm each day.
80 per person for the 8-week course.

Course dates: 4th July, 11th July, 18th July, 25th July, 1st August, 8th August, 15th August and 22nd August.
Please note that course dates may need to change in the case of unsuitable weather conditions.
Course Tutor: John Holmes

Please book with Suzanne Kynaston on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org



Saturday 11th July-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 12th July -Bumblebees for Intermediates
With an introduction to Solitary bees

This course is designed for persons who can already identify the big seven bumblebee species. and will provide a detailed description of bumblebee ecology, lifecycle and behaviour. The course will cover all UK species and give an update on the short-haired bumblebee reintroduction project. An introduction will also be given to solitary bees. 

10.00am – 4.00pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Dr Nikki Gammans

Please book with Suzanne Kynaston on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org



Sunday 12th July
-Brilliant Bees!
Make bee crafts including bee puppets and paper flowers for them to pollinate, play the pollination game to find out how pollination works and why it’s so important.
3pm - 4pm. Free event*.  Must book on 01227 712 111



Saturday 18th July
-Bee Hotels
Learn all about bees and make your very own bee hotel to take home and help bees in your garden.


3pm - 4pm. Free event*.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Sunday 19th July-Go Tribal Family Challenge!
Test your skills against other families in our fun outdoor challenge! Race to make a fire and build the best shelter, test your atlatl (spear) throwing skills and use a supersoaker to defend your territory whilst blindfolded!

10.30am - 4pm. 25 for 2 adults + 2 children, 5 per extra child. Min age 7yrs.  Must book on 01227 712 111



Tuesday 21st
July -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 25th July -KWT History of Kent's Mammals
In partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust

An overview of Kent’s mammals, focusing on their ecology, reproduction biology and conservation. Distribution in Kent and habitats will also be covered. (Please note that mammal identification is covered in a separate course). Includes a tour of Wildwood’s mammals and a behind-the-scenes look at some of our captive breeding areas.  

9.45am – 4.30pm. 26 per person.
Course Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston

Please book with Kent Wildlife Trust on 01622 662 012
or online at: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk


Sunday 26th July
-Bee Bonanza!
Learn all about bees and make your very own bee hotel to take home and help bees in your garden.


3pm - 4pm. Free event*.  Must book on 01227 712 111



Saturday 25th July -KWT History of Kent's Mammals
In partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust

An overview of Kent’s mammals, focusing on their ecology, reproduction biology and conservation. Distribution in Kent and habitats will also be covered. (Please note that mammal identification is covered in a separate course). Includes a tour of Wildwood’s mammals and a behind-the-scenes look at some of our captive breeding areas.  

9.45am – 4.30pm. 26 per person.
Course Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston

Please book with Kent Wildlife Trust on 01622 662 012
or online at: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk


Saturday 18th July-Bee Hotels
Learn all about bees and make your very own bee hotel to take home and help bees in your garden.


3pm - 4pm. Free event*.  Must book on 01227 712 111



Friday 31st July-Blue Moon Night Tour

Experience Wildwood under the moonlight on a guided Night Tour. 

Night Tours coincide with the full moon, giving you a chance to see our animals at a time when the darkness belongs to them. 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.

The tour includes a hot meal in our restaurant, served 30 minutes before the start of the tour. The tours are then will then last approximately 2 hours. 


7.30pm  - 10pm. 20 per person, including hot meal in the Beaver Lodge Cafe. Min age 10yrs. Must book on 01227 712 111


AUGUST

Saturday 1st August-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 8th August-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


Wednesday 12th August-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. 50 per child.  For children aged 7-11yrs. Must book on 01227 712 111


Wednesday 12th August-Mixed Game BBQ Evening
Join us for a BBQ with Taste Of Kent Award winners Godmersham Game. Enjoy live music and a woodland walk to see our deer followed by locally produced game including venison burgers, pigeon breast, and wild boar and apple sausages with a scrummy dessert to finish. Alcoholic and soft drinks will also be available to purchase.  

6.30pm - 8.30pm. 25 per person. Must book on 01227 712 111


Saturday 15th August-Teddy Bear's Picnic
Bring your teddy and a picnic to the woods for a lovely time with bear stories and fun teddy crafts to enjoy!


3pm - 4pm. 2 per person*.  Must book on 01227 712 111

Saturday 22nd August -Dormouse Handling & Surveying

A course for ecological consultants and those in training for their dormouse handling licence. A classroom session will focus on survey methods followed by supervised handling, sexing and weighing of captive dormice. Max 6 places. 

10.30am – 4.00pm. 45 per person.
Course Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston

Please book with Suzanne Kynaston on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org

Tuesday 25thAugust -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.

Sunday 30th August-Grain Moon Night Tour

Experience Wildwood under the moonlight on a guided Night Tour. 

Night Tours coincide with the full moon, giving you a chance to see our animals at a time when the darkness belongs to them. 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.

The tour includes a hot meal in our restaurant, served 30 minutes before the start of the tour. The tours are then will then last approximately 2 hours. 

7.30pm  - 10pm. 20 per person, including hot meal in the Beaver Lodge Cafe. Min age 10yrs. Must book on 01227 712 111

SEPTEMBER

Tuesday 1st September-Bioblitz!
Join us in a quest to find and identify as many of the living things found in our woodland as possible. Discover a host of different species; from mice to snakes and worms to birds...can we beat last year’s total and add some new species to our list? Free activities all day  including worm charming, minibeast hunts, small mammal trapping and much more!

10am - 5pm. Free event*.  No need to book, just drop in anytime.

Saturday 5th September-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 6th September-Stunning Spiders
Learn all about spiders and go on a spider hunt around the park to discover some of the many different species that live on the buildings around the park. With expert guidance and lots fo fascinating spider facts from our Natural Heritage Officer, Steve Kirk.

3pm - 4pm. 2 per person*.  Must book on 01227 712 111

Saturday 12th September-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 12th September -Dormouse Handling & Surveying

A course for ecological consultants and those in training for their dormouse handling licence. A classroom session will focus on survey methods followed by supervised handling, sexing and weighing of captive dormice. Max 6 places. 

10.30am – 4.00pm. 45 per person.
Course Tutor: Suzanne Kynaston

Please book with Suzanne Kynaston on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org


Saturday 19th September -Dormouse Ecology & Conservation

This one day course is recognised as the definitive course on dormouse ecology and monitoring. It is ideal for those with a general interest or those working towards their Dormouse Handling Licence. Included is a field visit to check nest boxes and information on relevant legislation.

9.30am – 4.45pm. Prices start from 86.33 per person.
Course Tutor: Hazel Ryan

Please book directly with the Mammal Society on 023 8001 0982
or at: www.mammal.org.uk/training

Saturday 26th September -Introduction to Spider Ecology

Learn how to identify spiders reliably and understand their role in the ecosystem. Spend time out in the field finding spiders in their natural habitats. Guidance will be provided for those interested in becoming involved in spider recording and there will be opportunities to discuss their conservation.


10.00am – 4.00pm. 30 per person.
Course Tutor: Steve Kirk
Min age 16yrs
Please book with Suzanne Kynaston on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org

Tuesday 29thSeptember -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.

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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).