Children’s Woodland events.

Shining Cliff Centre C.I.C works in partnership with All About the Calm to provide woodland sessions for children aged 5+

From March 2022 we will be holding regular forest school sessions, plus special events throughout the year. Events will be listed here and on our Facebook pages.


Seasonal Wellbeing Woodland Wanders

Throughout the year Kate & Bonnie will be hosting guided, seasonal walks through Shining Cliff woodland.

Booking online is essential, see the booking link below.


Grith Pioneer Woodland Volunteer days in January

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.

On the 10th & 17th January, the Grith Pioneers welcome volunteers to help them in some woodland management. A previous survey has identified Ash trees near public footpaths that have been affected by Ash dieback, and these trees will be felled. Any volunteer help to marshall the footpaths whilst the work is going on and to help clear felled branches would be really appreciated.

Please see the Eventbrite ticket link – the volunteer sessions are free and run by the Grith Pioneers, but completing the booking form will ensure we have all your emergency contact details.


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.

You are welcome to join the session from 1030am and leave when you need to; there is no obligation to stay for the entire session.

If staying for a session ending at 2.30pm please bring your own lunch. You are also welcome to stay at the end of a session ending at 1230 and enjoy your lunch in the woods.

Booking online is essential. There is a suggested donation of £3 for the session which is waived if you bring homemade cake!

Sessions are led by Kate Tuck, who runs Shining Cliff hostel. Kate has a varied background that includes conservation work, nursing, outdoor education and is a Level 3 Forest Forest School leader.

There is access to a toilet at the Woodland Hut, but we are not always working near the hut. If you would prefer access to the toilet during the session, please let Kate know in advance, so the session can be planned to accommodate this.

The sessions will be a maximum of 6 and a minimum of 2 people, including the leader.

‘Fettle’ for these regular Wednesday 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 suggestion of the session name of ‘Fettle, Kettle and Cake’.


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 are based on the 5 steps to Wellbeing which are proven to support our physical and mental wellbeing. The 5 Steps to Wellbeing include:

to Give, to Take Notice, to Connect, to Be Active & to Keep Learning

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.

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.

The sessions will normally 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. Depending upon the time of year, there will be muddy, slippy sections.

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.

The Woodland Hut is half a mile along a woodland footpath from the private parking area. The parking area is 400m along a rough track from Jackass Lane. Directions are provided on booking, and I am very happy to answer any questions you have about accessing this event.


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.