11 October 2017

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon

***REVIEW***
Did you know that behind the Visitor Centre at Plessey Woods in Northumberland there is a forest school? 

Hidden away under a canopy of trees you will find Footprints on the Moon – who invited us to unleash our inner wild one Saturday afternoon to try out their new Exploring and Survival Forest School.

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods






Forest School. It just sounds brilliant, doesn’t it? The aims of a Forest School are to offer learners of all ages and abilities the opportunity to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Sounds like so much fun to me.

My boys and a couple of their friends attended a two-hour Exploring & Survival session and really enjoyed themselves! The afternoon started with some running around and ice-breaker games on the grassy area in front of the visitor centre before we discovered the secret school.

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods


Even though it rained the canopy of trees kept us fairly dry, there was an abundance of sticks and branches for den building, but so much more too. 

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

From hand tools and power tools, to crafts and cooking there were so many activities to choose from. The boys didn’t have to stick to a regimented schedule, there were different workstations dotted amongst the trees and they chose which they wanted to do at different times.

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

Encourage the adventurer within is what the Footprints on the Moon website says, and they are not wrong.  First up we tried tool work where the boys whittled sticks, sawed medallions from branches and made walking sticks, using hand and power tools under tight supervision from the Footprints on the Moon staff.

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

Next up crafts and my eldest learnt how to tie knots well enough to make his first attempt at creating a hammock. We also used the coloured thread to created handles on the walking sticks they’d just made.

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

The challenge consisted of carrying water in a particular way across a course.

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

And then they made the bread, which was eventually cooked on the open campfire and eaten along with the homemade vegetable soup. 

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

Nothing ever tastes as good as food cooked and eaten outdoors, and today was no exception. It was all totally delicious, then to finish the afternoon off we toasted marshmallows over the fire.

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods
 Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

The whole afternoon was brilliant. Lots of fresh air, creative play, and challenging activities all under the fun but safe supervision of Footprints on the Moon.

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods


Footprints on the Moon have lots of different sessions at Plessey Woods from private sessions, birthday parties Forest School activities and TreeTots sessions.

Getting Outdoors in Northumberland with Footprints on the Moon at Plessey Woods

Activities during the October Half-Term Holidays

  • Tuesday 24th October (10am-12noon) - Woodland Adventure - All ages, £5 per child
  • Wednesday 25th October (1pm-3pm) - Woodland Adventure - All ages, £5 per child
  • Thursday 26th October (9.30am-3.30pm) - Exploring & Survival - 8 Yrs & Over - £25
  • Friday 27th October (9.30am-3.30pm) - Exploring & Survival - 8 Yrs & Over - £25


During term time regular under 5s Tree Tots sessions last 2 hours and cost £5. These morning & afternoon sessions include: Outdoor Play, Discover and explore natural environment, Crafts, Mini-beasts & bug hunting, River play & Pond-dipping and Treats around the campfire

Plessey Woods


Plessey Woods Country Park is located near Hartford Bridge, off the A192, mid-way between Bedlington and Cramlington in Northumberland and about five miles south of Morpeth. Known locally as Bluebell Woods, the country park, with open meadows, pleasant woodland and river walks, is an ideal place for a family day out with great opportunities for getting close to nature. 
  • Picnic areas with tables are provided near the visitor centre and throughout the park. 
  • The visitor centre and café is open are open from 10.30am-4pm on Saturdays, Sundays, bank holidays (apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and school holidays, all year round. 
  • There is a children's play area near the visitor centre. The toilets are open from dawn to dusk every day.
  • The park gates are open to vehicles during daylight hours and parking is free of charge.


To have a great time you just need to remember three things … wellies, waterproofs and a water bottle … everything else is provided.

To find out more or to book a session got to the Footprints on the Moon website.

Have you ever been to a Forest School?


Deb x

Disclosure: We were invited to attend a 2-hour bloggers session to enable us to review the Forest School.

3 comments:

  1. I've never been to a forest school but can't wait for my kids to be old enough to take them. #explorerkids

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  2. Forest Schools are brilliant. We have been to Camp Wilderness and visited a few forest schools at festivals too. Sarah #ExplorerKids

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  3. This is absolutely awesome I wish we have Footprints around here too. I would totally takes my kids to it. I love that everyone gets a chance to try out different things and that they are really get right in it no matter how dirty they'll get. My favourite is the challenge of carrying a bucket full of water. I can totally imagine Ethan moan about this from starts to the end! lol! Absolutely wonderful! I love Forest School!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #ExplorerKids x

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