Little Explorers



Most of our sessions are now fully booked for this half-term.  The only spaces we have left are for Tuesdays 11.30-12.30 in Dacres Wood Nature Reserve.  

Are clubs will be reopening for a 6 week period on the 14th September for prebooked sessions only.  To reduce the risk of transmission we’re asking people to commit to the full 6 weeks of sessions so that we can create ‘bubbles’, with the same people attending every week.  We’re not currently allowing people to turn up at the gate for adhoc sessions.  

In our toddler and pre-school adventures, we use our imagination to play and explorer outdoors

Our Clubs

… are a fun way to introduce children to the joys of playing and exploring in nature.  Our sessions take place in various locations across South East London, including a hidden nature reserve and a secret wildlife garden.

Each week we explore a different topic and link these in with our activities.  Our sessions start with an arts and crafts activity; and finishes with a story; followed by a light fruit snack, with lots of free play in between..  We’re always looking for wildlife, bug hunting for worms, beetles and snails; listening for birds and looking for signs of the animals we share our spaces with. Our sessions are very informal, and we like the kids to explore at their own pace, which is why we have mud kitchens and trowels for digging, spotter sheets, books and bug pots for those who want to investigate on their own.


Parents and children should be prepared for outdoor play, and wellies are always a good idea if you think it’s going to be muddy.  We have spare waterproofs for the kids if you forget to bring them or don’t have any.

Visit our Facebook page for up to date photos to see what activities we’ve been up to recently.

Our Week

Time

Location

Mondays

10-11.00 am

2-3pm 

Frendsbury Gardens, SE4

Tuesdays

10-11am

11.30-12.30pm

Dacres Wood, SE23 2NZ

Fridays

10-11.00 am

2-3pm 

Frendsbury Gardens, SE4

Our Sites

Frendsbury Gardens (SE4) Mondays and Fridays 10-11.00am & 2-3pm Fridays 1-2.30pm (These are new times whilst there are still COVID-19 restrictions)

Once an overgrown wasteland, Frendsbury Gardens was turned into a beautiful community Garden nearly 10 years ago.  It’s a wonderful space where the children enjoy gardening, exploring and running around together, playing in the mud kitchen, bug hunting and trying to find the frog that lives in the pond!

Dacres Wood Nature Reserve, (SE23) 10-11am & 11.30-12.30pm (These are new times whilst there are still COVID-19 restrictions)

Dacres Wood is a magnificent hidden nature reserve in Forest Hill.  It has a small woodland area, with a wonderful variety of trees and flowers, a small open meadow and a huge pond teaming with wildlife.  It’s a great space to spot different birds, amphibians, bugs and, if you’re lucky, a family of foxes.

Here we can pond dip, hide in the huge holes in the trees, spot different birds, roll around in the meadow and run around enjoying being outdoors.  There’s also a heated building on site with a toilet and classrooms for our crafting if it’s raining outside.

Beckenham Place Park (BR3) Wed 10.30-12 noon (NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING)

One of our favourite parks in London, Beckenham Place Park is a really special green space, with lots of magical spots to enjoy.  A major redevelopment of the park started in spring 2019, creating a new swimming lake, a playground, and restoring the old stable block, along with replanting parts of the woods.

We meet at the old Yew next to the squirrel by then sensory garden area of the park, not far from the Mansion.  From there we will go for an exploratory walk through the park.  Click here for directions of how to find us

We’re trialling a booking option to make it easier for parents to book into our Beckenham Place Park club.

How to Pay

Currently all session have to be prebooked, this is to reduce the risk of infection as we’re better able to create safe ‘bubbles’ with the same people attending every week, it also means we don’t handle cash.  Click here to go to the booking website: 

We’re opening up the booking system for 6 week period at a time, with only 10 children in each session.  If we have to cancel due to COVID-19, for instance if we go into a local lockdown, then we will be unable to offer you a refund but will instead offer a credit for future sessions.  We are unable to offer you a refund if you or your child fall ill and are unable to attend.