Meet some scary monsters. Survive by building a den and foraging for food. Swing through the trees like an ape. Tick some forest adventures off your bucket list this half term.
With so much to see and do in the forest, you don't want to miss a thing. That's why we've put together our adventure bucket list for kids, with top tips on things to discover on your Forest Holiday.
1. Go on a mini-beast hunt
What has six legs, carries a shield and lets off a stink bomb when you pick it up? What's the difference between a centipede and a millipede? Find out the answers to these all-important questions, catch earwigs and beetles in your mini beast pot, and take a closer look at the insects in the forest on a Forest Ranger adventure.
2. Meet the Gruffalo
Do you dare explore the deep dark woods? Take mum and dad by the hand - you don't want them to get lost - and follow the Gruffalo Spotters Trail. Every time you come across a footprint from any of the characters in the book, you can use the Gruffalo Spotter app to make them appear.
Stay at Keldy or Cropton over the bank holiday weekend and, on 28 May, you can actually meet the Gruffalo who is coming for a special visit to the Forest Hub at Keldy. Now, that is awfully good!
3. Build a den
Every great adventurer needs basic skills to survive as they trek through dense forests in search of lost civilisations. Join the Forest Ranger on a training session in the woods, as you learn how to build a shelter, light a fire, and make nettle tea.
4. Go off-road cycling
Columbus discovered America by ship, Scott reached the South Pole by dog sled, and you can cross the vast expanses of forest, mountain and valley by bike.
There are some fantastic trails in each of our forest locations, from gentle family rides to more extreme mountain biking for the brave of heart. You can hire bikes from the Forest Retreat.
5. Ban mum and dad from screens for a day
Parents spend far too much time on their phones and laptops these days, always tapping away and missing all the fun. Make them leave the screens in the cabin, and get out into the fresh air. Find a beautiful open meadow and get your kite flying, or lie down amidst the flowers and make shapes from the clouds. As you range through the woodland trails you'll find streams to dam, trees to climb and dens to build.
6. Eat Jam sandwiches and drink ginger beer
Provisions are a vital part of any adventure - no one can make a great discovery on an empty stomach. You'll need jam sandwiches, cakes, a piece of fruit for the grownups, and don't forget a drink. Biscuits make great trail food - hardwearing and good for eating on the go. Find yourself a shady spot under a huge tree, feet dangling in a stream and some nice flat stones for skimming. The perfect picnic.
7. Explore a forest by night
You'll need bravery, stealth - and night vision optics, as you stalk silently through the forest at night, hunting for a glimpse of the eagle owl, the nocturnal bat or the black and white snout of a snuffling badger.
You could be a naturalist, discovering a new species - or you could be a spy, tracking your target under the cover of night. After all - it's your adventure.
8. Swing through the trees like an ape
Would you like to swing through the trees, navigate the treetops on wobbly wooden bridges and zip line down to the forest floor? Go Ape is the perfect treetop adventure - and most of our locations have one in the forest nearby.
9. Go on a treasure hunt
Have you heard of Geocaching? If not, it's definitely something you'll want to try.
You can hire our own GPS equipment and follow the clues to hidden treasure. Each of our trails was designed and set up by our Forest Rangers, so it's not only challenging, but a great way to discover more about the forest as they have used their expert knowledge to choose exciting and unusual hiding places
10. Splash and squelch in puddles
We hope that it won't rain on your holidays, but then again, rain is great for creating muddy puddles. Grab your wellies and go find the stickiest, squelchiest mud you can. We know you love to splash and play - and your parents do too, although they'll pretend it's really just for you.
11. Go on a Teddy Bears' Picnic in the woods
If you go down in the woods today… you can have lots of fun at the Teddy Bear's Picnic. After a walk through the woods, the Forest Ranger will tell the story of the Gruffalo. Then it's back to the Forest Retreat for the Teddy Bears' Picnic. Remember to bring your bear!
Whatever your age, tick some forest adventures off your bucket list this half term. And if the dog has a bucket list too, collecting sticks in a forest is sure to be on it!
Book now to begin your bucket list of adventures!