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Explore all the ways you can enjoy quality family fun and connect with nature including our holiday events, regular clubs and birthday parties.

Family events

West Boldon Lodge run activities for babies to adults. All our events are inclusive for everyone to have fun and learn. From open days to come and enjoy the nature site self-led, to our ever popular Santa’s Winter Woodland, and our weekly Forest Playschool sessions, there’s opportunities for everyone to join our team for a fun day out.

Places are always limited and often sell out. Pre-booking is essential. Click on the events below for more information and to book.

Book a Forest Play Party at West Boldon Lodge to give your child a birthday to remember! The kids (and often adults) will love building shelters, playing in the woods, and eating a marshmallow toasted over a woodland campfire.

Our 2-hour parties are based in our Woodland Realm. You’ll have an hour to play in the mud kitchen, build a shelter, or climb the tyre dragon. We’ll then bring everyone together for a campfire with toasted marshmallows.

Relax and let us take care of the food as well as the entertainment – for £1 per child we can also cook hot dogs on the campfire (vegetarian available), tea, coffee or hot chocolate for £1 per person, or juice for 50p per child. Or you can bring your own food at no extra cost.

Maximum 15 children.

Forest Playschool

Get outdoors with your little ones! Join us for our popular Forest Playschool programme where you can explore our purpose built forest school area and take part in some outdoor activities, from crafts to bug hunts! Suitable for ages 1-5. Block bookings for a term are available during term time and one off taster sessions are available in school holidays.

Forest Playschool is an outdoor experience for you and your child to explore, discover, and get close to nature and takes place in our purpose built nursery area of woodland called The Realm.

Old/scruffy clothes are best as we get quite muddy in some sessions! All sessions are outdoors in almost all weather conditions – wellies or sturdy shoes are a must. Play in the mud kitchen and swing in the hammocks then enjoy a cup of hot chocolate around the fire with your forest school friends. Allergies and food requirements are catered for just let staff know before the sessions.

Booking tickets

To book your space go to Ticket Tailor select the date and time you wish to book. Accompanying adults and babes in arms do not need tickets. 

Hygiene

You must sanitize or wash your hands on arrival and before leaving West Boldon Lodge (hand sanitiser dispensers are available in the woods and next to reception).

Facilities

The Lodge will be open to use toilets, baby change, breast feeding and uses of our Playschool room at the start of sessions. Please come dressed to be outdoors, we advise sturdy footwear and long trousers.

There will be no food or drink on sale.

Getting here

There is car parking on site, but we recommend taking public transport if possible. Do not use just the postcode in Sat. Navs as it often does not bring you to the right place. For directions visit https://tiny.cc/findwbl.

Times & arrival

You will book a block of sessions with a time slot of 1.5 hours. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early. Please check in at reception on arrival. You do not need to bring tickets.

Accessibility and dietary requirements

We are well equipped to welcome visitors with a range of physical and mental illnesses and disabilities. We will have hot chocolate available so please do let us know if you have any allergies or intolerances as we can usually provide free-from alternatives if we know in advance. Please inform us in advance if anyone in your party has any additional requirements so we can make sure you’re able to access and enjoy our site.

Supervision

All children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. There are various dangers including a road, lake, and National Grid sub-station on site which you will be informed of upon check in, or you can see our site risk assessment here.

Weather

 All sessions are outdoors in almost all weather conditions – wellies or sturdy shoes are a must. If the weather is deemed unsafe we will relocate indoors but we may have to cancel the session at short notice, should this occur we will contact you as soon as possible with the contact details you provide.

Cancellation

If you are unable to make your visit, let us know as soon as possible and we will re-list your tickets. If they re-sell, we will offer you a full refund. If they do not re-sell, we will offer a voucher to re-book for another date, but no refund. Cancellation mid-way through the block will not be possible.

If we have to cancel for any reason, we will offer a refund or a voucher to re-book for another date. These must be claimed within 30 days of the date the event was due to take place.

Any donations made at the time of booking (on top of your ticket cost) are non-refundable.

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