Youth Groups at Noakes Grove - let your kids go wild

We welcome children as visitors to Noakes Grove (as long as they bring an adult with them). As well as ordinary visits, whenever you like, there are also forest schools. and other groups:


Birthday parties

If you are planning a birthday party for your youngster, what about an outdoor party at Noakes Grove?

These will usually involve a wildlife activity (pond-dipping or bug-hunting for example), an adventure game (like den building and trying to capture the other team's den), camp-fire cooking of your own meal and an entertainment (a puppet-show perhaps). We arrange the programme to suit the age-range of the children and what you tell us about their interests.

The cost is £120 for up to ten children and £10 for each extra child up to a maximum of sixteen.

For full details see our children's party page. Or contact Emma Horton -




Children in Retreat (Relaxation and Mindfulness Retreats)

retreating kids


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Nikki Phillips will be running more of her popular mindfulness retreats for children at Noakes Grove this summer.

Summer Holiday sessions: 7th of August, 10.00 a.m  - 12.00  8th 10.00 - 12.00 and 9th 10.00 - 12.00 these will be a group of children up to six or seven children under 10 years of age. Or as family sessions.

Later the 28th 29th and 30th of August in the morning again.

Small group or family sessions available

Tuesday after School sessions available. 4.00 - 5.00pm


For more information (and to make bookings) contact: Nikki Phillips (Youth Mindfulness - Relaxation Therapist ITEC IIHHT DIP, SMT)
Website: Email:

Relaxation and Mindfulness Retreats

At the Retreat we teach relaxation and mindfulness by encouraging children to use their senses in a fun and interactive way.  Children are guided by their innate love for the natural world. The retreat will enable children to learn lifelong skills towards good health and wellbeing. Together we will create a relaxing story that can be used at home benefiting the whole family.


Home School campfire

Home schooling

Most Mondays a wider age range of children spend several hours at Noakes Grove (with their parents or carers). This is the local home-schooling group who make the whole of Noakes Grove their classroom for a day.

Contact Saffron Walden and Bishop's Stortford Home Education Group email

Noakes Grove - Home Schooling - (Alessandra Curtotti)


Forest School Sessions

Sarah Allington will be running two Forest School sessions at Noakes Grove: Friday August 2nd & Monday August 5th.

We hope the Forest School will continue on a regular basis from September.

For more infoprmation and bookings visit Sarah's Nature of Learning website or email .


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Updated 15 June 2019