What you need for the day

What you need to know

If you are sending your children to us, here’s what you need to know.

Being properly dressed is important if you are outside. So we ask that you make sure your child comes with the following, packed in a single RUCKSACK, so they can carry it easily (NB that your children will have to carry their own kit, so please make sure that it comes in a suitable backpack):


  • warm clothing top and bottom, in layers so that if it is warm they can shed a layer and still be comfortable;
  • hat and gloves
  • a waterproof outer layer, top and bottom – so waterproof coat and trousers ARE ESSENTIAL;
  • waterproof shoes in case it is muddy. We recommend walking boots or shoes, but you can send them in trainers as long as they are sturdy.
  • spare socks and a spare jumper wrapped in a plastic bag.


  • layers of light clothing and something warm on top in case it is chilly.
  • sun hat
  • a waterproof coat. It still rains in the Summer in the UK;
  • waterproof shoes in case it is muddy. We recommend walking boots or shoes, but you can send them in trainers as long as they are sturdy.
  • no shorts please, however hot it is. We have brambles and nettles in places at most sites – ouch!


Your children will need sufficient food and drink to see them through the day, bearing in mind that they will be outside and active all day. We don’t provide food, and you can’t buy lunch or snacks at our camp, so please make sure they come with enough food and drink. This is what we’d consider enough:

  • drink for the day – please make sure they have enough: we recommend at least a litre of fluid, preferably water. If you send them with juice cartons please also send them with a full water bottle.
  • a mid-morning snack (just to keep them going)
  • lunch
  • a mid-afternoon snack

We won’t accept children if they do not have sufficient food or drink for the day.

Food and drink, and waterproofs should be in a rucksack marked with your child’s name. It’s also sensible to make sure that waterproofs are marked with your child’s name as they all look alike and have a tendency to get thrown on and off.

Please don’t send children with pocket, pen or sheath knives, as they pose a risk to the whole group. Knives will be confiscated by Wild Learning Staff and returned to parents on pick up.

We do share the woods with other animals, which is part of the joy of being there of course. Mostly we get along fine, but there are a few beasties that can be problematic:

mosquitos, wasps and bees: usually only an issue in the warmer months. If your child is susceptible to bites or stings then consider applying insect repellant just before they join us. We rarely get stings, but they do happen. If your child is allergic to wasp or bee stings make sure we know (on the booking form) and if they need Piriton (or anything stronger) then send it along with them.

ticks: can be an issue when you are in the woods. Ticks are small parasites that lurk in long grass or ferns and attach themselves to bare skin. They can look like a small scab. If our leaders see a child has a tick they will remove it using a tick key, and inform you on pick up. If you notice a tick on your child, don’t panic, but do remove it carefully as soon as you can. DON’T just yank it out (this is a bad idea). Use a tick key or other device if you have one, or a loop of cotton thread if you don’t. There is a handy guide to tick removal here. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, which is potentially serious, though treatable with antibiotics. If your child has a tick then remove it and keep it in a plastic bag. if your child develops a rash, joint pain or fever then your GP may be able to test the tick to see if it carries the disease. You can email or call us if you need advice.

If your child(ren) needs medication then please remember to tell us and to bring it with you. It’s up to you to make sure we know any relevant medical conditions, and to bring appropriate amounts of any medication required. In particular please make sure that if your child suffers from asthma that they have an inhaler, and if they suffer from anaphylaxis and carry an epipen that they bring TWO epipens with them (this is the minimum number required for safety in the event of an attack). We will refuse to accept children who don’t have sufficient medicine, for their own safety. 

We use an outdoor toilet (either a pit latrine with a camping toilet or a bucket toilet) with a privacy tent on all our sites, so if you feel it would be helpful to mention this to your child(ren) in advance then please do so (most of them love it!). There is no option to use a conventional (plumbed) loo during our sessions (as we are in the woods), and it usually takes us until almost lunchtime to get to our main camp site, so it might be a good idea to make sure your children have been to the toilet before you drop them with us. Most of our sites have a public lavatory at the check-in point, so if you can take them to the loo before you sign in it will help avoid crossed legs.

Also, please be aware that sometimes we have all-male or all-female staff on a day.

Where to drop off and pick up
This is the main reason people call us on the day! So PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE TO COME.

Drop off and pickup are both from the same place at whichever venue you have booked for. Our staff will be waiting for (or with, depending on the time of day) your children at:

Alice Holt 10.00-4.00
Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LS. The nearest car park to our dropoff is now open again! So please meet us at Timberline Meadow (the grassy area next door to Go Ape).

Claremont Landscape Garden 10.30-4.15
Portsmouth Rd, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JG. Next to the cafe, just past the entry kiosk.

Chantry Woods, Guildford 10.00-4.00
Pilrims way car park, off Pilgrims Way GU4 8AD. On the grass next to the small car park.Please note that YOU MAY NOT DRIVE ONTO THE FIELD FROM THE CAR PARK. Cars stay in the car park please, otherwise it gets very dangerous!  There is a map here.

Coldfall Wood 10.00-4.00
Creighton Avenue, London N10 1NX. At the edge of Muswell Hill Playing Fields bordering the wood. Walk through the wood from Creighton Avenue or approach from the Muswell Hill Playing Fields end. There is a map here.

Highgate Wood 10.00-4.00
Muswell Hill Rd, London N10 3JN. In front of the cafe on the playing field. Pease note YOU CANNOT BRING YOUR CAR INTO ANY PART OF THE WOOD. There is a map here that shows on street parking, and access by foot to the dropoff point in the wood.

Osterley Park 10.30-4.15
Jersey Rd, Isleworth TW7 4RB. At the seating area just outside the cafe. There is a map here.

Polesden Lacey 10.30-4.15
Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD. Just in front of the kiosk past the car park. There is a map here.

Priory Park, Reigate 10.00-4.00
Priory Park, Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7RL. On the grass between the cafe and the children’s play area. There is a map here.

Putney Lower Common 10.30-4.15
Putney, London SW15. In the field next to Putney Cricket Club. There is a map here.

Earlswood Common, Reigate 10.00-4.00
Earlswood Common, Earlswood Common car park A2044, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7QH. There is a map here.

Sheen Common10.00-4.00
Kings Ride Gate, Richmond, TW10 5BL. At the entrance to the wood, off Kings Ride Gate. There is a map here


Wimbledon Common – Springwell car park 10.00-4.00
Springwell car park, at the junction of Sunset Road (ON SOME MAPS THIS IS MARKED AS ROBIN HOOD ROAD) and Windmill Road SW19 4UW. There is a map here.

Wimbledon Common – Windmill car park 10.00-4.00
The Windmill car park at the end of Windmill Road, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 5NR. Turn off from the A219 (Wimbledon Parkside). There is a map here.

Winkworth Arboretum 10.30-4.15
Hascombe Rd, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4AD.  On the grass between the main car park and the cafe.

When dropping off or picking up please take great care when your children are in the car parks

Our staff will be waiting for (or with, depending on the time of day) in the designated areas for drop off and pick up. Please try to get to us as close as possible to your booked drop off/pick up time. If you are running late please let us know by calling the office number at the bottom of this email. Please don’t turn up early, as we won’t be there; we’ll be in the woods!

When to drop off and pick up
Drop off and pick up vary by site, please see above after ths site name.

Please don’t turn up before 10.00 am, as we won’t be around and in some instances our sites do not open until 10.00, and the gates will be locked. If you are running late please let us know by calling either of the numbers on the home page.

Email us if you have any questions, or call the office on 01483 424 400.