Please click on this link to view and book Woodland sessions listed on this page.

Children’s Woodland events.

Please see the booking link at the top of this page for more information on the sessions.

Wednesday Fettle, Kettle & Cake Volunteer sessions.

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing is an evidence based approach to improving mental and physical wellbeing. The 5 Ways are to Give, to Connect, to Be Active, to Keep Learning and to Take Notice.
By attending a Thursday Fettle, Kettle and Cake session you will have the opportunity to engage in all of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

These Thursday morning sessions are held fortnightly from 10am until 12pm.

Booking online is essential. A £1 donation is suggested to cover the cost of the drinks and snacks.

The tasks will be varied, from litter picking, woodland conservation tasks and helping out in general hostel and woodland maintenance.

The tasks will require participants to be able to walk along the uneven and sometimes steep woodland footpaths, be willing to have-a-go at a variety of tasks, be willing to spend time with like-minded people and spend some of the session making a cuppa and eating cake…or a healthy snack if preferred!

Sessions are led by Kate Tuck, who runs Shining Cliff hostel. Kate has a varied background that includes conservation work, nursing, outdoor education and currently being a trainee Forest school leader.
The sessions will be a maximum of 6 and a minimum of 2 people, including the leader.

‘Fettle’ for these regular Thursday morning volunteer sessions means to be in good spirits and have an energetic approach, and it also borrows from the Yorkshire meaning of putting things in order.
My thanks to Charlotte Burrill for the session name of ‘Thursday Fettle, Kettle and Cake’.

Women’s Wellbeing in the Woods.

This is a regular, monthly session for a small group of between 6 and 10 participants based in Shining Cliff woodland.

The content of each session will be based upon the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, which include to Connect, to Keep Learning, to Take Notice, to Be Active and to Give. 
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing were created as a national, evidence-based tool to promote wellbeing; each session will incorporate at least one of the 5 Ways.

The content of each session will also be guided by the interests of the group. We can spend time getting to know each other as we participate in activities such as fire lighting, cooking over an open fire, using tools to create crafts with natural materials, reflective moments in the woodland and time spent simply walking and exploring this beautiful, ancient woodland together. 

This is an opportunity to be kind to yourself, to give yourself time to step away from the everyday pressures of life and connect with others in a beautiful woodland setting and to come away feeling refreshed. 

The sessions will use the Woodland Hut at Shining Cliff hostel as the base, this will include use of the fire pit area and the toilet. Hot drinks will be provided and drinking water is available. 

Please be aware that the sessions will require participants to be able to walk along uneven and sometimes steep, woodland footpaths. 

There is a private parking area in the woodland for participants, but there are also public transport options available, if you are happy to walk approximately 2.3km from Ambergate train station or bus stop, mostly along woodland paths to the Woodland Hut.

Bespoke Woodland sessions.

Shining Cliff Centre C.I.C, in partnership with Bonnie McNabb of ‘All About the Calm’ offers bespoke woodland sessions tailored to your group requirements.

If you have an idea in mind, for your company, friends, family or community group then please get in touch via to discuss what we can offer you.

Activities offered include guided woodland walks, practical conservation tasks, learning or building on skills such as using tools for simple woodland crafts, learning to build and cook on an outdoor fire, treasure hunts, team building games and activities, providing support to become confident at spending time in a woodland setting.

Reduced price for weekdays 2021

Shining Cliff hostel can be booked for sole use during weekdays at a discounted rate as I want the hostel to be used and enjoyed as much as possible!

See the booking page for the reduced weekday rates.