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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





JANUARY


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 16yrs. 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 Tara Lines on 01227 711 471 or email courses@wildwoodtrust.org
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.


FEBRUARY


Wednesday 4thFebruary -Woodland Winter Walks
Warm up with a cuppa before going on a winter woodland walk. Your guide will bring treats to attract our animals closer and look for some special encounters along the way! There will be a new walk every Wednesday during February.

10.30am - 12.30pm. £3 per person, including tea or coffee in the Beaver Lodge Cafe.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Saturday 7thFebruary -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 7th February -Hedgerow Basket Making

Make a shallow rustic basket or bowl to take home using locally grown willow and other colourful hedgerow materials. All materials provided.

9.30am – 4.30pm. £45 per person.
Course Tutor: Hazel Ryan

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



Wednesday 11thFebruary -Woodland Winter Walks
Warm up with a cuppa before going on a winter woodland walk. Your guide will bring treats to attract our animals closer and look for some special encounters along the way! There will be a new walk every Wednesday during February.

10.30am - 12.30pm. £3 per person, including tea or coffee in the Beaver Lodge Cafe.  Must book on 01227 712 111



Saturday 14thFebruary -Valentine's Day Treats
Make an edible treat for your favourite animal so our keepers can spread some love at feeding time. Plus visit our loved-up wild boars Sydney and Pru with treats at 3pm.

2pm - 3.15pm. £2.50 per person, one adult goes free per group. Must book on 01227 712 111


Saturday 14thFebruary -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



Monday 16thFebruary -Wild Birds & Crafts
Learn how to tell your garden birds apart and make lots of fun bird crafts to take home.

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


Tuesday 17thFebruary -Discovery Day!
Get hands-on with our cool collection of animal artefacts! See what big teeth wolves have, dress up like a nocturnal animal and find your fellow badgers by their scent!

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


Wednesday 18thFebruary -Hedgehog Homes & Crafts
Learn how to find out who lives in your garden and how to help more animals live there. Make a hedgehog house out of twigs and hog crafts to take home.

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


Wednesday 18thFebruary -Woodland Winter Walks
Warm up with a cuppa before going on a winter woodland walk. Your guide will bring treats to attract our animals closer and look for some special encounters along the way! There will be a new walk every Wednesday during February.

10.30am - 12.30pm. £3 per person, including tea or coffee in the Beaver Lodge Cafe.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Thursday 19th
February -Mice, Voles, Shrews... & Rats!
Meet some of the smallest mammals that make their home in your garden, find out what they like and why, and make lots of mice crafts to take home.

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


Friday 20thFebruary -Fun with Frogs!
Garden ponds will soon be full of frog spawn so it’s time to learn all about frogs. Find out why they need your pond, what happens to them year round and make lots of froggy crafts.

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


Saturday 21stFebruary -Trees In Winter
How to identify trees in winter from their bark and twigs on a winter woodland walk with our Natural Heritage Officer.

2pm - 3.30pm. £3 per person, one adult goes free per group. Unsuitable for toddlers or pushchairs. Must book on 01227 712 111


Tuesday 24thFebruary -Photo Day
A day of Wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Suitable for all levels and abilties. Gift vouchers also available.
9am - 4pm. £79 per person. Min age 16yrs. Must book.


Wednesday 25thFebruary -Woodland Winter Walks
Warm up with a cuppa before going on a winter woodland walk. Your guide will bring treats to attract our animals closer and look for some special encounters along the way! There will be a new walk every Wednesday during February.

10.30am - 12.30pm. £3 per person, including tea or coffee in the Beaver Lodge Cafe.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Saturday 28th February -Living Willow Structures

Learn how to create living garden features such as domes and tunnels. Locally grown willow of different colour varieties will be used.  Techniques learnt on this course can be adapted for other types of structure. Take a few cuttings home. Includes information on site preparation and aftercare.

9.30am – 4.00pm. £40 per person.
Course Tutor: Hazel Ryan

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



MARCH

Sunday 1st March -
Animal Bones Workshop

If you like bones, this course is for you! Four-legged animal skeletons are very different from human skellies and this is your chance to find out how and why they differ and try to put a real animal skeleton together. How can deer run on two toes, how do birds’ skeletons help them to fly and who else has an opposable thumb and kneecaps? All is revealed!


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


Friday 6thMarch -Hoot Night!
It’s the noisiest time of year in the woodland as the tawny and eagle owls shriek and hoot to each other through the trees to defend their territories. Enjoy sausage baps and tomato soup before meeting one of our hand-reared owls and going on a 1hr woodland night walk to have a hoot with the locals.

6.30pm - 8pm. £10 per person, including food. Min age 5yrs. Must book on 01227 712 111


Saturday 7thMarch -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 7th March -Atlatl - Primitive Throwing Spears

Learn about the origins of this ancient hunting weapon and discover the primitive technology that made it so deadly. Make a thrower (atlatl) and a spear and learn to throw using the atlatl with some tutored target practice. Simple carving skills and knife safety will also be taught.


10.00am – 4.00pm. £40 per person.
Course Tutor: Steve Kirk
Min age 14yrs

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


Saturday 14thMarch -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 15thMarch -Mother's Day Treats
Treat Mum to a flowery surprise with a home-made Mothers’ Day card and a special plant pot with bulb to grow at home. 

2pm - 3.30pm. £3 per person, one adult goes free per group. Must book on 01227 712 111


Tuesday 24thMarch -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 29th March -Gardening For Bumblebees

Gardens are now a vital resource for many of our decreasing insect pollinators and this course will give a guide to what to plant in your garden to help attract them. The talk will look at the best  plants for your lawn and borders; soil types and how to make your garden flower throughout the year. Wild flower lawn creation and maintenance will also be discussed. Discover how to identify our most common bumblebees and learn about their ecology, lifecycle and importance within the ecosystem. Seeds will be given to take home.


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

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



APRIL


Thursday 2ndApril -Easter Crafts
Decorate your house for Easter with bunnies, eggs, chicks, flowers, baskets and bonnets to take home.

10.30am - 11.30am & 2.30pm - 3.30pm. £2 per person, one adult goes free per group.  Must book on 01227 712 111


Saturday 4thApril -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


Tuesday 7thApril -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 8thApril -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 9thApril -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 10thApril -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


Saturday 11thApril -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 11th April -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. 


Course dates: 11/04, 18/04, 25/04, 02/05, 09/05, 16/05, 23/05, 30/05. Please note that course dates may need to change in the case of unsuitable weather conditions.

11.00am – 4.00pm. £80 per person (for full 8-week course).
Course Tutor: John Holmes

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


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


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.


Saturday 16th May -Spring 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


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





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).