Things to do

First and foremost, it’s time for the children to cut loose and go wild, whilst you sit back and relax.  Every weekend, throughout the 2021 season at Badgells Wood Camping, we have a fun-packed schedule for all ages.

Check our What’s On? guide for available dates and how to book

Kick back on Friday nights and take a break from the tent set-up or campfire cooking with a pizza from Woodhouse – their horse-box trailer will be with us every Friday in August and September, baking delicious and seasonal 12-inch sourdough pizzas to order.

Start the weekend with Bushcraft Adventures for the kids – at 9am every Saturday let us occupy your small campers with a two-hour session introducing them to all the basics of bushcraft.

For adults (and teens over 16), why not connect with nature and switch-off from the world on one of our Forest Bathing Walks?  Every Saturday throughout the season we have either introductory 90-minute sessions (setting off at 9.15am and 11.00am) or perhaps try the more immersive Forest Bathing Experiences lasting 3 hours (at 9.30am, every third weekend).  Check our Calendar for details of what’s on each week.

On Saturday afternoons we have Archery lessons for all abilities or can run private bushcraft sessions aimed at adults and older kids.  Please contact Karina for details or see the on-site noticeboards.

During the schools’ summer holidays, we have a new mid-week Forest School (Wednesdays at 10am, aimed at ages 4-11), plus our extremely popular kids’ Summer Camp will be running on weekdays from 2nd to 13th August, with a choice of morning, afternoon and all-day sessions available to dip in and out of.

As well as our regular weekly activities, we also have Seasonal Photography Workshops (with award-winning photographer Sarah Medway), Guided Wildlife Walks (led by Kent Wildlife Trust’s ecologist, Neil Coombs) and watch this space for more exciting new activities to come on board soon!

If you’re up for getting out and exploring by yourselves, feel free to explore all 250 acres of Whitehorse Wood – but please stick to the footpaths as it can be deceptive and 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…there are maps available in Reception.  A twenty-minute walk will get you to the Coldrum Stones, a stone circle 1000 years older than Stonehenge and with Morris men at dawn on 1st May! Our nature trail is always available – just ask for a copy at Reception and there’s a badge when you complete it (£1.50 per child to cover the cost of materials).  We also have lots of books in Reception with ideas for camping and nature activities for children…pop in and take a look.  Alternatively, the Woodland Trust Nature Detectives have loads of camping activity packs that you can download.

Good food is such an important part of a camping trip that we want to help you make the most of your experience.  We have firewood and kindling available to buy, sourced from our own woodland, for those essential campfires and if you forget any essentials then we have a great selection in our on-site shop.  There’s a farm shop just along the road for fresh local produce and local beer (brewed on the Birling Estate) available to be delivered to site every Friday. We now also have wood-fired pizzas from Woodhouse every Friday night in August and September.

Whilst staying with us, there are also lots of places to explore nearby, many just a short drive away.  Along with a great selection of local pubs offering food (all walkable, varying distances) – maps with directions are available in Reception.

We finish off every season with our Hallowe’en Fun Day – bring the children along in their fancy dress (although, feel free to dress up yourselves too…we certainly will be!!) for a day of Hallowe’en fun, to include pumpkin carving, face painting, hot dogs and, once darkness falls, round the day off with some spooky story-telling!

Check out our What’s On? page for more information about what’s on when you’re visiting.