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Children's University with the Forestry Commission

The Children’s University is an international charity which encourages all children aged 5 to 14 years to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative learning activities outside of the school day.

We have teamed up with Children's University to provide a range of fun activities to do in our forests.

Searching for mini beasts in a logDiscover your forest 

A fun activity to help you find out more about Forestry Commission woodlands


Bedgebury Gruffalo 2014Highway Rat activity pack 

Join the Highway Rat on his forest adventure, completing fun activities and spotting characters from the story as you go on your way to earning a 1 hour Children’s University stamp. Buy a Highway Rat activity pack from the visitor centre for £3. Inside you'll find activities, stickers, puzzles and a Highway Rat mask.
To earn your 1 hour passport stamp, send photos of your cave drawing and journey stick, along with the first two lines of the song you made up for the animals to sing at their party to us by email. Please include your name, age and which forest you visited in the email.
Visit your nearest trail.

Stargazing guide and activity sheet Star Trails

Packed with fantastic activities for all the family, get your hands on this free guide to learn about constellations, navigate by the stars, play night-games and become a Forest-Star.




Gruffalo Orienteering  Bedgebury Gruffalo 2014

Earn a one hour stamp on one of our Gruffalo Orienteering courses.


More Children's University activities in the forest

Earn more hours for your passport with seasonal and climate change activities.

Being safe in the forest

We want you to have a great time when you visit the forest, so here are a few safety tips to think about:

  • wear sensible clothes and shoes (warm, waterproof clothes mean you can stay out for longer; wellies mean you can splash in the mud)
  • look where you’re walking (there are lots of things to trip over on the forest floor)
  • watch out for other forest users (there may be cars or machines working in the forest, there may be dogs or horses using the same paths as you)
  • feel free to pick stuff up and get as dirty as you like, but don’t forget to wash your hands before you eat your lunch
  • keep an eye on the other people in your group (you don’t want your grown-ups to wander off and get lost)
Last updated: 11th January 2018

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.