Our regular forest school in its current format is coming to an end. Its been brilliant doing a regular forest school that rolls on through the seasons at Lumb Brook. We've made new friends and helped share our love of nature and forest school.
However our 6 sessions for the price of 5 offer which permitted customers to skip sessions and pick them up later, coupled with moving the sessions to a Tuesday because of teaching commitments means we've reached an unsustainable level of uptake especially in term time and in the week. We've had lovely quiet sessions which often means children get near to one on one attention however from a financial perspective these regularly make a loss and can't be borne any longer. These quiet sessions sometimes lack the social interaction which makes forest school what it is too. To make matters worse forest school always takes a dip in uptake during Winter as the weather gets worse (although we like wind/rain and snow) and people are a bit hard up from Christmas.
To remedy this our prices have risen to £6 per child (a marginal increase of 50p) and we're only accepting group bookings of 6 or so we always have a minimum number. That way we make a baseline revenue to cover costs and get the interaction we need. This is still a bargain at just £36 for 6 kids .
Our regular Tuesday sessions will end on 8th November at Lumb Brook Valley before we take a break over Winter. We'll be reflecting on what we think works and decide what to do for Spring 2017.
DON'T BE SAD! We are still offering individual events such as our bear hunts, dens etc on selected dates. If that doesn't scratch your forest school funny bone we can still do private sessions/programmes by arrangement (well worth it if you think you can get a large group together). And of course we're carrying on our work in schools and trips to our woods.
Still got some sessions due? DON'T PANIC! As per the terms and conditions of this great offer the regular forest school sessions will be carrying on for the next six weeks giving you ample time to use any outstanding tickets. Please let us know you're coming. We'll be on site but with no bookings will be concentrating on doing voluntary work for the woodland trust. If you're in doubt as to where and when check out our events on facebook or get in touch.