Here are some common questions that we are often asked. Click to see the answers. Please get in touch if you need more information and we’ll be pleased to help.

Who are Beccles Forest Schools and Learning in Nature CIC?

We are a “community interest company”, which is a company that operates a bit like a charity, who are passionate about bringing outdoor learning and forest school to as much of our community as possible- from ages 0 to 100+! And we are pretty successful at achieving our mission!

Our team is a group of very skilled, very kind-hearted people who have a shared love of nature, community and the forest school ethos, and who each bring their own unique contribution to the gang. Check out our Meet the Team section to meet our team!

What are sessions like at Beccles Forest Schools?

This varies wildly between age groups, but all our sessions are learner-led, meaning we go where our attendees want to go! We typically gather together at the beginning and end of sessions, and for something to eat, but otherwise, the children, young people or attending adults are the leaders!

All the usual Forest School activities are available. We will facilitate fire-lighting, cooking on the fire, tool work, crafting with natural materials and tree climbing. Our wonderful Wild Meadow gives us access to some amazing opportunities, such as pond-dipping, swings, slack lines and even a little zip line!

Some recent adventures have involved our very youngest attendees dragging a very long rope all around the site, climbing a big pile of earth and harvesting the reeds that grow in the Early Years area. Our Home Ed group took on the challenge of working together to build a slip’n’slide, which was very, very muddy, then made popcorn on the fire (after some serious hand-washing!). The Youth Group created some tasty menus on black boards and then ‘cooked’ them, using the ingredients they found around them. And our Wild Wellbeing group crafted some beautiful clay birds together, while chatting with a cup of tea. There has even been some raft building being done by some very industrious young people, including ‘sailing’ these on the dyke!

We are absolutely passionate about giving children, young people and adults the freedom to truly explore nature and themselves. The deep connections formed- and the hilarity that so often ensues- is our favourite outcome.

Where are you located?

We are based on The Wild Meadow by Beccles Common. It’s a beautifully hidden re-wilding meadow, complete with old trees for climbing and a little dyke for pond dipping.

Our site is most easily accessed by parking on Common Lane North and then walking over the cattle grid to find the gate. See HERE for more details.

Are you Ofsted Registered?

Yes! Our Outdoors Early Years setting has government funded places available, and parents can use any of our groups with tax-free childcare and to claim back childcare costs, where they are eligible!

What do you offer and for what age groups?

The sessions we run are ever evolving- check out our What’s On section to see the sessions currently running- but in general we have:

Outdoor Early Years (2.5-5 year olds)

Stay and Play (0-5 year olds and their grown-ups)

Home Ed (5+ year olds)

After School (5-11 year olds)

Youth Group (10+ year olds)

Wild Wellbeing (65+ year olds)

Holiday Groups (5-11 year olds and 10+ year olds)

School Groups (primary and secondary)

1:1 Therapeutic Sessions (all ages)

What is The Wild Meadow like?

Beautifully wild! But with lots of home comforts. We are totally off-grid, so we bring our water on site everyday.

When you come through the gate, you’ll see a path through lots of native species of plants. This leads you past our large chicken run on the left, usually complete with lots of hungry hens waiting for little- and big- hands to feed them and pinch their eggs for lunch, though they are currently on holiday while the risk of bird flu is still high. And to your right you’ll see a large re-wilding meadow, which grows very tall in the summer, providing cover for all kinds of fun.

The path then takes you all the way to The Round House, a big wooden shelter where we gather together around the fire. This is often our base; we sing together and cook together here. Off to one side we have The Tool Area, where we especially love to craft with natural materials and chop kindling for the fire.

Walking further you’ll reach The Dyke, tucked at the back of the site. In summer we paddle and splash and in winter we explore the ice. Beside The Dyke grow some sturdy trees which we use for rope swings, slack lines and some serious tree climbing, which is a ceaseless source of entertainment for all ages! These trees provide a cosy sheltered area in winter and shade in summer. A short distance from here are our incredible Wee Hooses, our beautiful shed-like composting toilets.

Close to The Round House, we also have The Early Years Area, which is the perfect place for little people to explore The Mud Kitchen, swing in The Grey Willows or curl up on a pile of pillows to read a book in The Hygge Shed. The Early Years Area centres around The Willow Dome, under which we have all kinds of natural play opportunities with a stove to keep us warm in the winter. The Early Years Area is enclosed by a willow “fedge”, creating a safe space for our youngest attendees to explore.

But what about if I have to use the loo?!

Although we are totally off-grid, we have some pretty wonderful facilities.

Look out for our gorgeous Wee Hooses! These toilets, resembling rather pretty sheds, use a composting system, which you sit on- or not- as usual! They are emptied each day by our wonderful staff and the ‘humanure’ rots down to be used (offsite) as compost!

And, if you’re brave, we have a Wild Wee area too!