We were very excited to be invited along to the very first Twigs n’ Stix Family Forest Workshop running at Bramhope Scout Campsite and Activity Centre. Twigs n’ Stix have been running forest schools in Ripon & Nidderdale and we have heard great things!
We arrived at the Bramhope Scout Campsite & Activity Centre, which has recently had a lottery grant and sports a new Low Ropes course (which was officially opened by Bear Grylls on the 29th July 2018!!) and we couldn’t wait to have a turn.
After completing the Low Ropes course we headed off into the 13 acres of land surrounding the main buildings on the hunt for “Snappy Sticks”, the perfect stick for fire building. Sticks in hand we made our way to the fire pit and Liz told us her top tips for how to build a fire and each child had a turn using the flints to set fire to a cotton wool ball – this was much harder than I expected!! Of course the kids had no troubles though!
Fire lit and the real fun began… each child found a long stick and using a potato peeler cleaned one end ready for marshmallow toasting! The kids gathered around the fire and toasted their marshmallows whilst rich tea biscuits were handed out to the parents. Once toasted the marshmallows were sandwiched between the rich tea biscuits and the kids devoured their “smores” which were accompanied with steaming hot chocolate warmed on the fire!
No-one leaves a Twigs n’ Stix session without something to take home with them, all the children were given a piece of clay, some moulded them into an animal, some used leaves to create patterns in the clay and one child gathered sticks and created a mini-campfire!
After a fun-filled 2 hour workshop, we headed home full to the brim with smores eagerly awaiting the next session!
Twigs n’ Stix are now running their Twig-let Toddler Sessions at Bramhope Scout Campsite & Activity Centre each Tuesday morning (starting November 8th 2018) and will be running Forest School Holiday Camps for children in year 1 and above at the same venue in 2019!
Watch this space for the full details, these sessions will book up fast!
“Twigs n’ Stix Forest School grew out of a desire to provide children with the sorts of opportunities I simply took for granted and enjoyed every day growing up; the freedom to play; build; cook; explore and discover in a natural environment. Through giving children the freedom and skills to interact with and use our ancient woodland, each child’s innate connection with the natural world is nurtured, their responsibility for its conservation strengthened and their self-esteem and confidence supported.”
For further information or to book:
Call Liz on 07715 001394
or visit their Facebook page.
The Family Workshop was priced at £10 per child or £20 per Family and was suitable for children aged 1 – 11 years (accompanied by an adult).
***We were invited along free of charge but as always this is our true & honest review.