Come have some ‘Leafy Learners’ Fun!
Are you interested in trying something new? Enjoy an hour or two in Nature? Come along to Leafy Learners Adult sessions at Gatwick FootGolf.
Would you love to have an hour or two to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals? We can provide your nature connection at Leafy Learners.
So often we think about our children, work and daily life that we forgot to look after ourselves. You need time to unwind and recharge and we have just the thing.
When you arrive, we will have a hot drink available and welcome you to sit around our fire circle to try some mindfulness activities, before having a stroll around the area. We will explore fire lighting, green woodwork and other nature crafts. You will also have the opportunity to cook on the fire. Depending on the time of day, this could be a hearty soup or stew with damper bread, or maybe a toasted crumpet or banana and chocolate for an afternoon snack.
We hold sessions at our main base at Gatwick Footgolf and at a peaceful, secluded farm in Nutfield where you can wander down to the lake and in the bluebell wood.
Look out on our event-booking page to see what is coming up next.
LEAFY LADS AND LADIES GATHERING – SATURDAY 26TH MAR, 11:30 – 14:30
The chance to find your inner child! This is a workshop aimed at those lads and ladies needing a little bit of ‘me time’.
Maybe you’ve been to forest school and you’d like to try a craft by yourself, without those pesky children in tow. Or perhaps you’ve never tried forest school, but you’d like to cook some bread or snacks over the fire whilst chatting to friends, your partner or new people.
Please don’t be worried about booking this day to pop along on your own as you will definitely be made to feel welcome. You can even have a little swing in the hammock or on the rope swings if the desire takes you!
When you arrive, we will provide a hot drink as you chat around the fire. We will try some mindfulness activities as we stroll around the site looking and listening for wildlife. You can then try your hand at some green woodwork. Maybe you’ll give your craft to a loved one for a present or keep them for yourself – you choose! We will finish by cooking a warming veggie stew on the fire to accompany our damper bread.
Remember to wrap up warm and read the ‘what to bring’ list
How to find us
From Horley and Crawley:
Come along the B2036 towards Copthorne and at the small roundabout turn onto Antlands Lane. Travel along this road for about 0.8 miles until you see the sign for Gatwick Footgolf, turn right, and travel up the dirt road until you reach the customer parking at the Footgolf. Here you will find small toilets and the cafe is often serving refreshments.
From East Grinstead:
Travel towards Copthorne on the A264. After 1.8 miles turn right onto Snow Hill (B2037) and then at the roundabout continue straight onto Effingham Road(B2037). Travel along this road for about 1.8 miles until you see the sign for Gatwick Footgolf, turn left and travel up the dirt road until you reach the customer parking at the Footgolf. Here you will find small toilets and the cafe is often serving refreshments.
There is a saying in the Forest School Community that there is no such thing as bad weather – only unsuitable clothing! People often come in the wrong clothing. Having the right clothes and shoes can make the difference between you or your child having a great time and being miserable.
With that in mind, please dress for the weather and remember that lots of layers are the best and easiest to manage. Adults need layers and waterproofing too, not just the children.
Having the right clothes and shoes can make the difference between you or your child having a great time and being miserable.
With that in mind, please dress for the weather and remember that lots of layers are best and easiest to manage. Adults need layers and waterproofing too, not just the children.
What to wear in cold weather
- Waterproof boots or snow boots with several warm pairs of socks. Ordinary welly boots are pretty cold if you only wear normal socks with them so definitely get a good pair of warm welly socks (for both you and your child!)
- Waterproof over-trousers. If you only have thin waterproof trousers like you get from hiking shops, wear as many layers (tights, leggings, jogging bottoms etc) underneath as you can.
- Ski or snow trousers are best – available cheaply on eBay, second hand. Also, need layers underneath.
- Body – again outer ski clothes best, as many layers as possible. Thin layers next to the body with long sleeves, and then jumpers, jackets and waterproof top layer.
- Scarf or neckwarmer
- Gloves, with gloves to spare. And another pair just in case.
- Warm Hat
What to wear in warm weather
- Waterproof coat and trousers
- Long-sleeved top to avoid scratches
- Leggings or tracksuit bottoms again to avoid scratches
- Sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots, spare socks. No sandals or flip-flops, please!!
- A jumper or hoodie even if it’s hot. It can get cool in the woods under the trees
- Mosquito repellent
- Hat and sun cream, though the wood is mostly shaded.
What to bring to adult sessions
- Water to drink
- A camping chair (there are logs around the fire circle)
- Mug, 2 bowls, spoon, knife and fork
- Penknife if you have one (don’t worry, we will have spare)
- Gardening gloves
If you are due to visit Leafy Learners, please ensure that you are feelling well.
Nobody should attend the session if they are ill. If anyone develops symptoms of being ill during the session they should go home immediately. If they are confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 they will need to isolate for 5 days as per the current government guidelines.
Adults are expected to support the leader in maintaining good hygiene practices.
Leafy Learners will provide handwashing, soap, disposable towels, and a bin.
Ensure hands are washed on arrival, before and after eating and drinking, and after coughing and sneezing.
Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Please NB antibacterial gels are flammable and should not be used near the fire.
Promote ‘Catch it, Kill it, Bin it’ approach.
Thank you for working with us to keep everyone safe.