In partnership with Bonnie McNabb from All About the Calm, we offer regular woodland sessions for children and adults, and special events throughout the year, like our Family Halloween Fun and our holiday children’s sessions.

All our sessions are aimed at supporting our wellbeing, through the 5 Steps to Wellbeing (Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Connect, Give)

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Seasonal Wellbeing Woodland Wanders

Throughout the year Kate & Bonnie will be hosting guided, seasonal walks through Shining Cliff woodland, with the next one on Sunday 15th May – a sunset walk from 7.15pm-9.15pm.

Join us as the woodland springs back to life and hopefully enjoy watching the sun setting over the Derwent Valley if the skies are clear. Enjoy the calming effect of spending time in nature. Reduce stress and anxiety with guided mindful moments, take time to slow down, reconnect with yourself and with nature. Engage your senses and feel the busy day melt away.

Booking online is essential and the event should be available to book online in the week commencing 25th April.


Grith Pioneer Woodland Volunteer days

Shining Cliff hostel is owned by the Grith Pioneers, a charity with the aim of protecting, improving and conserving the physical and natural environment of the land owned for the benefit of the public.

The charity is made up of members, they hold a regular AGM and they welcome volunteers to their regular work days in the woods, carrying out tasks to help them maintain this beautiful woodland.

At the moment there are no work days planned, but when dates have been decided they will be published on here.


Wednesday Fettle, Kettle & Cake Volunteer sessions.

Volunteering is a great way to meet other people, have a go at a new skill or help others to learn a skill, to be active outdoors and these sessions provide a space for you to have some time out in the woodland; all of which are known to improve wellbeing.

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!

Tasks can include woodland maintenance, such as coppicing, path repairs and clearing, rhododendron pulling, sign maintenance & litter picking. Tasks may also involve helping to care for Shining Cliff hostel, the hostel in the woods.


Women’s Wellbeing in the Woods.

Women’s Wellbeing in the Woods is a fortnightly session (except in school holidays when no session is running) held at Shining Cliff Woods, near Ambergate in Derbyshire. You are welcome to attend a single session, or to come along to every session; there is no obligation to sign up to a series of sessions.

The sessions also aim to support women to feel comfortable in coming out to a woodland setting on their own and to learn skills to feel confident in spending time in woodlands.


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 eventsinthewoods@gmail.com 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, birthday parties, team building games and activities, providing support to become confident at spending time in a woodland setting.