For 2018

Wilderness Wood is open every day of the year and there are many special events as shown below.  

For most events, booking is essential. The details of each event tell you if you need to book.  For events where there is no need to book, just come to the wood during the advertised time.

If you would like to come to a bookable event, please first call to check availability as places are strictly limited.

Make your booking over the phone or call in to the wood. Please pay at the time of booking – either by credit card over the phone, by credit card, cash or cheque in person, or by posting a cheque made payable to “Wilderness Wood” to Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, Near Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 4HJ.    Places are not reserved until payment is received. 

Cancellations: no refund given within two weeks of the event.  A £5 admin fee will be charged if cancelled earlier.

Prices for all events include admission to the wood.


Fairy Gardens

Find the fairy place and listen to a story about the woodland elves. Make a garden in the woods and a wand to take home.

Tues 29, Wed 30 May, Mon 30 Jul, Thurs 9, Tues 14 Aug  each day 10.30-11.30am & 2-3pm    Please book

Thurs 30 Aug 10.30-11.30am

Child (3-6 – adult must accompany) £5.15   Adult £3.25


Bug Hunt

Search in the wood for all sorts of creepy-crawlies. Investigate your favourite bug and make a bug book to take home.

Wed 30 May, Fri 10 Aug     10.30-12 noon

Child (6-11) £5.15 Adult £3.25                 Please book



Join an expedition deep into the wood; have fun building shelters and cooking dampers over a camp fire. Bring sausages and a picnic lunch, wear old clothes. Adults welcome to accompany and help.

Thurs 31 May, Tues 2, Wed 15, Thur 23, Wed 29 Aug  11.30 – 2.30pm                                     Please book

Child (6-11) £9.40   Adult £3.25


Survive in the wild

What are the four things you need to survive? Find them in the woods! Hands-on activities to test your survival skills.

Fri 1 Jun, Fri 3, Wed 22 Aug    10am-12 noon

Child (8-13)  £6.80  Adult £3.25             Please book


Teddy Bears’ picnic

An exploration for bears and their owners, with simple games and a woodland picnic. Bring a carrier bag and a picnic tea.                                        Please book

Fri 1 Jun, Fri 27 Jul, Tues 7, Tues 21, 28 Aug


£5.15 per bear (to be accompanies by child of 3-6)


Overnight woodland bushcraft

For the more keen bushcrafters! This weekend activity includes sleeping out in the shelter you have created. With Graeme and Chad.

For further details ring 07971 160772.

Sat/Sun 23-24 June, 21-22 Jul, 18-19 Aug

10am Sat – 4pm Sun (or Sat only – £59)    Please book

Adults £120    Children (14-15)  £80


Crafty Stuff

Family workshop. Be creative with clay, textiles and natural materials, making woodland animals and scenes, with artist Lyn Merrick.

Wed 1, Tues 21 Aug 10am-12.30pm     Please book

Child (6-12) £7.50     Adult £7.50


Explore the undergrowth

A day of exploration, identification and art, with Lyn Merrick. Hunting for creatures, identifying them using keys and computer software and finding out what is special about them. Dissecting owl pellets, making casts of animal prints and creating graphs, paintings and models of your discoveries to take home.

Thurs 16 Aug  10.30am-3.30pm           Please book

Child (6-15) (under7s accompanied) £16    Adult £16


Treasure Trail

Hunt around the wood for answers to our fantasy quiz – win a £10 voucher and small prizes for all. Also a special trail for those with little legs and less puff. Extra £1.50 per family on normal prices.

Sun 26 Aug   BH Mon 27 Aug             11am-4pm


Moths by moonlight

Meet the night creatures of the wood; includes “sugaring” tree trunks and identifying visitors to moth light traps. Bring a torch. Includes a hot drink in the barn. With Simon Curson.

Fri 31 Aug  8.00-9.45pm                    Please book

Adults £6.80   Concs. £5.50  Child (6-15) £4.20


Autumn and Winter 2007 
Fungus hunts with Anne Yarrow. Details announced

 by July – book early to avoid disappointment.


Seed gathering season.

Walk in the woods and gather tree seeds to identify,

 take home and plant.

Sun 23 Sept – Tues 23 Oct

Usual admission prices; small charge for seed

identification and planting guide.


Sort out your woodland.

Learn how best to prune, brash, fell and coppice

to get the most from your wood, with chartered

forester Chris Yarrow

Sat 6 Oct 10am-1pm                             Please book

Adults £17


Weave and cleave.

Learn the basics of willow-weaving and

chestnut cleaving. Patient and thorough

instruction from Andrew and Dom,

and you make two plant supports to take

home to your garden.

Saturday 13 October 10am – 4.30pm

Adult £55  Concs. £50 (incl. materials)   Please book


Chestnut celebration

Gather and learn about sweet chestnuts on a

special walk through the ancient coppice woodland.

Try roast chestnuts, chestnut cake and ice cream.

Oct 20-28      10am – 5pm



See summer entry for details

Tues 23 Oct 11.30am-2.30pm

Children (6-11) £9.40  Adults £3.25      Please book


Survive in the wild

See summer entry for details

Wed 24 Oct   10am-12 noon

Children (8-13)  £6.80  Adults £3.25     Please book


Hallowe’en creations

Come into the deep dark woods and make spooky

Hallowe’en decorations.

Thurs 25 and Fri 26 Oct    10.30-12noon & 2.30-4pm

Children (6-11) £5.50   Adults £3.25     Please book


Cut/dig your own Christmas tree

Reserve your tree from Nov 1 (NOT earlier)


Christmas trees

Ready cut/dug/potted trees available in the yard.

All sizes, several varieties

From Dec 1


Christmas creations

Make beautiful Christmas decorations from material

gathered in the woods.

Thurs 20 & Fri 21 Dec  10.30-12noon & 2.15-3.45pm

Children (6-11) £5.50   Adults £3.00        Please book

2 Comments to “Events”

  1. Hello
    I would like to organise a chestnut forage with some work colleagues. I know its already November but is it possible to hire a ranger to learn about the chestnuts and fungi? We are hoping to come along in the next couple of weeks, before the end of the month. Not sure how many can come but hopefully at least 6 of us.

    Thank you

    1. YES! We charge £350 per hour for guided tours of chestnuts. This does not include VAT.

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