Other on-site activities

Check our What’s On guide for availability or

Photography Workshops – NEW FOR 2021!

New to Badgells Wood for 2021, spend a morning in a hands-on workshop with the award-winning photographer, Sarah Medway…all you’ll need is an iPhone® 5 or higher and the headphones that come with your iPhone®.

The photography workshops run from 9am to 11.30am and are then followed by an optional one-hour social media session (additional £15), where Sarah will give you an insight into the most effective ways to share your photography on Instagram.

The photography workshop on its own is £40….or it’s £55 if you’d like to include the Instagram workshop (this must be booked at the same time as the workshop). Suitable for ages 12+, although all under 18s will also need a paying adult accompanying them. Ticket price includes refreshments.

iPhone photography workshop – Ancient Woodland – Saturday 29 May 2021

Learn how to take inspiring photos in this hands-on workshop. Receive tuition on the best techniques for composing, focusing and exposing using your iPhone® and then get creative amongst the beautiful ancient woodland of Birling Estate.  After taking your photos, learn about editing processes.

iPhone photography workshop – Wild flowers and grassland – Saturday 19 June 2021

Explore the rare chalk grassland of the Birling Estate, rich in wildlife and home to a whole range of beautiful butterflies, wildflowers and fascinating insects. Sarah will guide you through the best techniques for composing, focusing and exposing using your iPhone®, then it’s your chance to get creative in the landscape.  After taking your photos, learn about editing processes.

iPhone photography workshop – Autumnal colour and woodlands – Saturday 16 October 2021

Under the canopy of beautiful Autumnal colour within Birling Estate’s ancient woodland, learn how to take inspiring photos in this hands-on workshop. Receive tuition on the best techniques for composing, focusing and exposing using your iPhone® and then get creative taking pictures.  After taking your photos, learn about editing processes.

Wildlife Walks – NEW FOR 2021!

How about a guided walk with Neil Coombs, an ecologist with Kent Wildlife Trust?  The walks start at 9.30am, taking two hours, and cost £15 for adults and £5 for children.  Maximum of 20 people per walk.  (Although by no means a hike, you will need to be able to walk on uneven ground, so we’re afraid this activity is not suitable for pushchairs or anyone unsteady on their feet.)

Ancient woodland walk – Saturday 22 May 2021 

Ancient woodlands are a unique and fast disappearing habitat. Some might have started out just after the ice-age, many might not be quite so old but all of them have been here since 1600.

So much more than just the trees they often have fascinating histories and provide insights as to how our ancestors lived and often worked.  They are at their best in spring when the wildflowers that live there are in flower.

Join us on this walk to discover the trees, plants and animals that go towards making ancient woodlands so special. We will spend two hours discovering ancient trees, plants, perhaps some creepy crawlies and learning how the wood is managed for the benefit of nature and people.

Chalk Grassland walk – Saturday 12 June 2021 

Southern England is home to much of the world’s chalk grassland.  This unique habitat supports many beautiful and sometimes rare plants including orchids along with butterflies, grasshoppers and the odd adder.

Just being out on chalk grassland can raise the spirits on a spring & summer’s day.  For this walk, lasting two hours we will explore the chalk grassland of this part of the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Join us to learn about the plants and animals that live here, some of the history and how chalk grassland is managed.