Our Little Story


    At Play In The Woods has been going since 2008 but it’s only since 2018 we have acquired a Woodland to call our own.

    Starting off 2018 in our new setting at Brickyard Woods in Chelvey we ran a February half term play and stay and it was well received by everybody that came along to play in the woods.

  • 100’s of  LITTLE PEOPLE

    We have reached 100’s if not 1000’s of children already and the only way is up.  With the mums and dads liking our Facebook page we can estimate how many people we have reached so far.

  • New Team

    We are growing fast and have added new members but we will soon be looking for more members to join our team. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the At Play n the Woods team please do get in contact with us.

  • Aims:

    • To provide an opportunity for individuals to develop, to learn and to enjoy themselves.

    • To provide a safe and non-threatening environment in which children can develop practical life skills, take risks, make choices and initiate their own learning.

    • To help children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.

    • To develop self-esteem, independence, confidence and a positive disposition to learning through the completion of small, achievable tasks.

    • To develop social and team working skills.

    • To enable children to be independent, self-motivated and considerate.

    • To be true to the forest school ethos and approach.

    • To develop a secure, happy and welcoming atmosphere.

    • To provide stimulation and varied learning activities appropriate to the child’s needs and stages of development.

  • Forest School helps to develop

    • Confidence and self-esteem;

    • Communication and social skills;

    • Physical skills;

    • Greater understanding and awareness of the natural environment;

    • Natural motivation and a positive attitude to learning;

    • The ability to recognise and manage risk;

    • Healthier lifestyles.

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Meet Our Team

We have a number of STAFF and VOLUNTEERS who assist in running our forest school sessions, planning activities and preparing resources.

Our team who lead sessions alone are fully Forest School qualified, DBS checked, First Aid trained and they hold Public Liability Insurance.

SamForest School Leader & Founder of At Play in the Woods
He trained with the original Forest School with shared characteristic from Bridgwater College. He is qualified in Forest School Lvl 3 & Leadership, cache qualifications in Play Work, City and Guilds qualification in teaching, behavior in Children. He is conversant in woodland tree safety and management. Sam has ran an after school club and is life long member of Scouting. He was a North Somerset play development officer and set up and delivered Forest Schools in a number of school settings. Completed Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse training, has participated in Child Protection courses. Holds a CRB (DBS) checked by Lions International and has Paediatric First Aid plus Forest School (Outdoor) First Aid qualifications. He is a father of three.
DamianSite Team & Trainee Forest School Leader
NVQ level 3 in Children and Young adults. Has worked with the National Trust on an volunteer placement with the warden team. A Foundation Degree in Wildlife and Countryside Management. Damian is a father and has a long time love for being outdoors. Level 2 certificate in Practical Environmental Skills. Food Safety and NPTC Level 2 in Chainsaw and Brushcutting
GarySite Team & Support Staff
Father of 2 grown up girls. Member of Clevedon Lions, has the following qualifications: First Aid at Work, Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene, Basic Health & Safety, Avon & Somerset Police Counter-Terrorism Awareness Level 2 – Food Safety & Hygiene for Manufacturing.
Enjoys working with children of all ages and has a DBS and is a licensed chaperone with North Somerset Council.
KennWeb & Site Team
Kenn has been with us from the start helping dig out rivers and marking out pathways. Along with being a part of the working team, he is also helps when it comes to the website and running of the online booking system. A great supporter of everything we do and willing to chip in with anything that needs doing.
PaulSite Team, PR & Media Manager
Without Paul we would be not even be off the ground he’s been involved from day one behind the scenes. Helping with filming all our videos and keeping Sam on the right path. That said Paul is our drone cameraman. Who brings us some amazing video from the sky.

Credit given where credit is due. A family man who gives what time he can to our projects and helps out whenever he’s able.


“Children see magic because they look for it. At Play In The Woods helps provide that for them! Thank you”


“Thank you for making my childs birthday one to remember. Sam & the team kept all children going from start to finish!”


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