Time for the children to cut loose and go wild and for you to sit back and relax. They can get carried away on the rope swing in our woodland playground; pick up a stick and become a knight or maybe robin hood for the afternoon; build a den or just join you, sit back and take in the woodland air.
Campfires & cooking
Good food is such an important part of a camping trip that we want to help you make the best of what you have brought – or bought from the local farm shop. We have both campfire grills and dutch ovens for hire.
Bushcraft and Survival Training
(sorry, not running during 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions)
We are building up our bushcraft courses and now offer them every weekend. We can also offer longer survival courses over a few days for those of you who want to hone your skills. See our bushcraft page for more details.
Forest Bathing – new for 2020!
The practice of ‘Shinrin Yoku’ (translated as ‘Forest Bathing’) has been an integral part of Japanese healthcare since the 1980’s and is prescribed to treat a wide range of physical and psychological health issues.
During a one-hour Forest Bathing workshop at Badgells Wood, you will be gently guided into the heart of the woods and invited to immerse yourself fully in nature using all of your senses. You can take part in natural mindfulness exercises and simply allow yourself to ‘be’ whilst quietly guided in meditation.
Every Forest Bathing workshop is unique but what they do have in common is the experience of a deep sense of calm and a renewed connection to nature.
Book online or speak to Karina – spaces limited.
As well as being ancient woodland, our site sits on an old WWII training ground, with old tracks and hut bases hiding amoungst the trees. Please take care when exploring & let us know if you find anything interesting – we are working with local archaeologists to try build up a plan of what was here before.
But best of all – run along the trench – its over 1km long.! or see if you can find the 400year old beech tree.
Feel free to explore all 250 acres of Whitehorse Wood – but please stick to the footpaths as it can be deceptive & easy to get lost if you don’t! If you fancy a longer walk, head off on one of the two major national footpaths that cross in the woods – the Weald Way (running from the Thames Estuary to the English Channel) or the North Downs way which is part of the Pilgrims Way, running from Winchester to Canterbury. Mike and Karina can provide you with a map.
A 20 minute walk will get you to Coldrum Stones, the least damaged megalithic longbarrow in kent. It is part of the Medway Megaliths; the oldest prehistoric monuments in Britain. It’s not quite Stonehenge…. but you can walk there & you get Morris men at dawn on the 1st May.!
Nature Trail, Woodland Games & Nature Spotting
Our nature trail is now up and running. Pop into reception to get a sheet with the details on & a pencil for taking rubbings – get a badge when you complete it (£1.50 per child to cover cost of materials). We also have lots of books in reception with ideas for camping & nature activities for children. Pop in and talk to Karina about it.
Alternatively the Woodland Trust Nature Detectives site has loads of camping activity packs that you can download.