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MUDDY FEET® We are Recruiting!

MUDDY FEET® are looking to recruit L3 Forest School Leaders/ bushcraft or outdoor education professionals. Are you excited about connecting people to nature and have excellent facilitation skills? Can you plan, prepare and deliver inspiring outdoor sessions to actively connect and engage participants? We have leadership positions available for weekends and holidays. Leader Applicants must hold a relevant qualification, have at …

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MUDDY FEET® Award Winning Forest School

Just before Christmas, we discovered we has won a national Woodlands Award for Best Forest School.  We were absolutely thrilled to be nominated by families whose children attend the forest school. We were delighted that families took the time to nominate us and write such enthusiastic recommendations, so huge thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate us. We …


MUDDY FEET® Why there IS such a thing as bad weather!

Storm Eunice left a trail of devastation across the UK with church spires falling, train roofs being ripped off with the 120+ mile an hour winds, and multiple trees falling causing power cuts and disruption. Storm Eunice was proceeded by Storm Dudley and followed by Storm Franklin causing impacts across the UK with strong gusts. At Muddy Feet we encourage …


MUDDY FEET® How to dress for outdoor learning and play

Very few people enjoy being cold and wet when outdoors all day, although I have met some who love it! Dressing for the weather is essential to be able to fully enjoy a day in the woods. Ensuring the basic need for warmth is met so we can effectively participate in activities and get into the flow state and engage …

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MUDDY FEET® Bringing nature connection to Bicester and Banbury

We are super excited to announce that Muddy Feet has been successful in securing funding to bring innovative nature connection programmes to Bicester and Banbury. Funding through Cherwell District Council and Healthy Bicester will enable Muddy Feet will be running a series of nature-based play sessions and Forest school sessions. We will be working with Bardwell special school starting in …

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MUDDY FEET® Winter Solstice Holiday Clubs

We loved our Winter Solstice Muddy Explorers holiday camps. We listened to the sound of the woods going to sleep for the winter and talked about how the woods feels different from the Summer and Autumn camps. We talked about the shortest day and how the days would start to get longer from here. We made candles from the natural …


MUDDY FEET® Supports Winter Wishes Event

We were thrilled to support the Sunshine Centre and Cherwell District Council with the Winter Wishes Event in Bretch Hill, Banbury. We have attended this community event for the last few years and there is no doubt that this is one of our favourite events of the year. The children attending the event were able to meet Father Christmas! Muddy …

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MUDDY FEET® Forest Tots enjoying the Autumn

The Forest Tots enjoyed the extended beauty of a glorious Autumn at Evenley Wood Garden. The tots completed a variety of nature-based activities using all the beautiful leaves they found. They played, climbed, caught bubbles, started fires, and used the tools. We are excited that the tots will be in the little wood for the winter term, with Forest School …


MUDDY FEET® New video of the Muddy Explorers Holiday Club

We were very lucky to work with the amazing Emma from Oojamaflick who popped along to capture our holiday club in action. We commissioned the film to help share all the amazing adventures we get up to in the woods, something parents and carers might not see. We wanted to show the beautiful natural spaces we use, wild and all …


MUDDY FEET® Curriculum Based Outdoor Learning Courses

We worked with the L2 Curriculum-Based Outdoor Learning students and the L3 Coordinating an Outdoor Curriculum students at Howe Park Wood in Milton Keynes.  It was so great to teach them ways of teaching outdoors, sparking creativity, inspiration, and confidence. We discussed risk-benefit, sustainability, benefits of nature connection, and ecosystems. We will be working with these students for the next …


MUDDY FEET® The Climate Change Action Sloth

With the UK hosting the COP26 in Glasgow Climate Change is on our minds. Our Director Alex is currently studying for her MSc in Behaviour Change, as part of her study block, Alex worked with University Lecturers and Masters students to think about how pro-environmental behaviour change can be encouraged through targeted messaging.  Together we developed this blog with some …


MUDDY FEET® attends Grimsbury Playday

We worked with Cherwell District Council to deliver some free activities at Banbury playday in Grimsbury at October half term. We were very excited to be based in the wonderful Bridge Street Community garden who does the most amazing activities with a number of different groups. We are delighted to be working closely with Cherwell District Council to help implement …


MUDDY FEET® Fully booked Autumn half term holiday clubs

A spooky time was had by all in our sell-out half-term holiday clubs at Evenley Wood Garden. The woods were very spooky and filled with witches, ghosts, spiders, and floating hats! The holiday club has a great time making potions, candles and playing zombie tag.  We were so happy to see lots of returning faces as well as some new …


MUDDY FEET® attends Brackley Playday

We had a great day at Brackley Play and Activity day in October half term. This multi-partner event provided free play activities in South Northamptonshire. We had a Muddy Feet stall making cobwebs with sticks and nature-based activities. It was a very well-attended event and we were lucky enough to bump into a few familiar faces. This event was part …


MUDDY FEET® delivers event in partnership with Island Pond Wood

Muddy Feet was invited to work with the Friends of Island Pond Wood to attend an event day in October. We had such a great time at this very popular event. Muddy Feet provided a stall to make fairy doors that could be taken home or left in the wood. We made a fairy village and built dens.  The Friends …


MUDDY FEET® attends Deanshanger Playday

Muddy Feet worked with Oxfordshire Play Association to bring nature-based activities to West Northamptonshire. Muddy Feet attended a free fun play day event in Deanshanger in October half-term. There were so many exciting free activities for families to participate in. Muddy Feet had a stall offering clay play and conker-themed activities.  It was great to catch up with organisations all …


MUDDY FEET® working with the Sunshine Centre

In September Muddy Feet worked with the Sunshine Centre in Banbury to provide a Forest School programme in Princess Diana Park. Funded through the National Lottery this project provided an accessible Forest School programme in the heart of Banbury Town. The programme gave an opportunity for preschool children to get connected to nature and experience simple fun nature-based activities as …


MUDDY FEET® Fully booked Forest School Training Milton Keynes

We were so excited that our September L3  Forest School Leadership training was fully booked. This keen cohort immersed themselves in The Parks Trust woodlands in Milton Keynes and learned about Forest School pedagogy, child development, sustainability, risk assessments, and practical skills. This was a thoroughly enjoyable course and we will be working with this cohort over the next year …

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MUDDY FEET® works with High Flyers Oxford Limited

Muddy Feet worked in partnership with HighFlyers. The staff are wonderful at supporting the children to get fully involved, they understand the benefits of outdoor play, and supported risk-taking. The children had such a thrilling day and started with a natural treasure hunt and foraging for items, to go in their cauldron to make potions, which they left for the …

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MUDDY FEET® Fully booked Summer of play for the Muddy Explorer holiday clubs

The Muddy Explorers had an absolute ball over Summer 2021 at Evenley Wood Garden in our popular sell-out holiday club sessions. Outdoors all day in the woods these groups of children enjoyed games, tool use, fire skills, den building, and lots and lots of stream splashing fun! This is exactly what the children needed after such a difficult year with …