Lantern Making Workshop

Join the Friends of Rowntree Park for a lantern-making workshop on Saturday 29th of February from 10am. This event is aimed at children of all ages.
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The session is linked to the St Leonard’s Lights on the Lake evening on March 5th (more details on the event below).  Children will use their lanterns in a procession through Rowntree Park. You are welcome to be involved if you are not attending the evening and make a lantern to take home.
 
Places MUST be pre-booked. There are 4 start times so we can stagger people. The session will last around an hour.
10am, 10.30, 11am, 11.30am
 
Children of all ages are welcome, though little ones will need a lot more help and support from parents/guardians.
 
The cost of the session is £2 per child for members and £3 per child for non-members. You can buy tickets here:
Member Ticket Non Member Ticket
10am BUY BUY
10.30am BUY BUY
11am BUY BUY
11.30am BUY BUY
 
We will be based around the cafe and clubhouse – some parts of the making may be outside. Please dress for weather and mess (glue involved!)
 
There will also be volunteers from St Leonard’s present for anyone who wants to write a dedication note for a lost loved. These will be on the lilies launched on the lake on the evening of March 5th. You can find out more about the suggested donation on the St Leonard’s website.
All proceeds go to charity.  There are no refunds for tickets if you cannot attend, but you are welcome to resell and pass on the names of the buyer. This event is run by volunteers and children remain the responsibility of parents/guardians at all times.
St Leonard’s Lights on the Lake 
Thursday 5th March 6.30pm
 
Light up the lake at Rowntree Park this spring with candles and lanterns, each one representing someone special in your life. As the sun sets hundreds of candles will be set adrift on the lake and illuminated lanterns will light the way.

To dedicate a candle or lantern, please complete the online booking form on th St Leonard’s website and make a donation. Your donation will support the work of St Leonard’s and help them to continue to provide care to those in our community who are facing a life-limiting illness. We hope you are able to join us all at this very special event.

Meet at the main entrance on Terry Avenue at 6:30pm and everyone will make their way through the lanterns together on the way to the lake.
Read more on th S Leonard’s Website
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Green Woodworking Sessions

Time to tool up! We are offering ‘Green Woodworking’ sessions for  Home Educated children.

Starting on Thursday 28th February 2020
1pm – 2.15 (running for 6 weeks)
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What is Green Woodworking?
Green woodworking is a form of woodcraft that works unseasoned or “green” timber into finished items using handtools. It’s a lovely chance to work with the natural materials that we find in the park and York’s open spaces.
What will we do?
The group will be introduced to tools such as knives, hand drills, billhooks and hammers, and then work on a series of mini-projects using materials from local woodland. There will also be an opportunity to work on their own projects.
Who is this for?

Aimed are ideally aimed at age 8+ but we may be able to accommodate those slightly younger – ask us and we will chat. Email events@rowntreepark.org.uk

There is a limit on numbers and only a maximum of 12 can be in the group. All sessions run by Christine, our fully trained volunteer Forest School practitioner.
The costs cover resources and any extra goes back into the volunteers work in maintaining and improving Rowntree Park – we are a registered charity.   £42 for the block for members (£7 a session) and £48 for Non-members (£8 a session)
Members Place – £42

(6 sessions)

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Non -Members Place – £48

(6 sessions)

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We offer a 10% sibling discount on the total price.
You can buy sibling ticket following the link below. This ticket is for 2 places at £75 for members instead of £84. 

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If you require a bespoke ticket link for more children, drop us a line: events@rowntreepark.org.uk

*we cannot offer refunds for sessions missed. If any session has to be cancelled by us, we will refund the cost of the session.


Forest School Spring Sessions

Booking is now open for our next set of Forest School sessions aimed at 2-5 year olds in Rowntree Park.

Friday 28th of February-  3rd April 2020  10am-11.30am

Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance – see below

Magical moments being nurtured in nature

It is so important for children, and adults, to spend time outdoors in nature. Forest school is more than just sessions outdoors.  It is a specialised approach that is learner centred and aims to promote the holistic development of the child.  Through hands-on practical learning, Forest school fosters resilience, confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity and encourages children to take risks within a supportive learning environment set in nature.

We provide the setting and a range of activities and resources.  The sessions are child-led and they can explore what interests them, facilitated by our qualified Forest School Practitioner, Christine.  In our woodland area we have hammocks, slacklines and other similar equipment set up in each session.  Each week will have focus activities such as foraging, campfire cooking, mini-beast hunts, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling, weaving,  and natural paint making and more.

Child-led learning and exploration

Rowntree Park Forest School will be themed around a nature topic but essentially child-led so they will evolve naturally according to individual children’s interests and abilities.  There will be lots of time for free play and exploration of the individual’s interests as well as focused activities.

Time to develop, connect and grow

Forest School’s ethos recommends a range of continuous sessions rather than one-off ad hoc sessions, therefore we are offering a six-week course aimed at preschoolers (2-5 year olds).  Homeschoolers are also welcome.

Due to the nature of the activities, places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. Parents stay and engage with their children and learning at the sessions – fun, relaxing, mindfulness for all!

Members – £36 Non Members – £42
Forest School 6 week sessions – starting Friday 28th of February BUY BUY

Save money on the sessions AND help your local park?

You can become a member of Friends of Rowntree Park for just £5 a year per household.  For this, you get discounts at our events, monthly newsletters, 10% off in the cafe for the year whilst helping support our volunteer work in maintaining and improving Rowntree Park.  You can join here:

www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

If you would like further details about membership or Forest School sessions, then please get in contact with Abigail at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

 


Big Kids Forest School 2020

2020 is on the way and we are getting organised! Join us for a Saturday Forest school/bushcraft session aimed at children aged 6 and over. We have two dates currently available. Join us for one or both!

Saturday 18th of January 1-2.30pm

Saturday 15th of February 1-2.30pm

Saturday 21st of March 1-2.30pm

Places for April will be available from mid-February 2020

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We started running these sessions in September 2019 and they have proved very popular.  The sessions have continued to run each month and tend to sell out.  The sessions will get children outdoors and engaging with nature. Sessions will include a mix of:

  • Fire lighting and campfire cooking
  • Bushcrafts – using tools, knives, drills and saws to create
  • Nature based arts and crafts

Each session will have a particular focus.  You are welcome to attend a session as a one-off or come as often as you’d like.

All sessions include hot chocolate and marshmallows (or suitable alternatives) that the children will make on the open fire or using the Kelly Kettle.

The sessions will take a Forest School approach – Forest school is more than just sessions outdoors. It is a specialised approach that is learner-centred and aims to promote the holistic development of the child. Through hands-on practical learning, Forest school fosters resilience, confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity and encourages- children to take risks within a supportive learning environment set within nature.

The sessions are run by our forest school trained volunteer Christine. All very reasonably priced for experiences that are utterly priceless! All profit goes back into our volunteer work in maintaining and improving the park too!

Only  £6 for members and £7 for non-members.

Not a member? You can join for just £5 a year. Not only would you be helping our volunteer work in the park, but you also get a discount to all our events and 10% off in the cafe for the year. Join before booking your place – it comes straight through, so go ahead and buy a members place!

www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

Places are strictly limited, so book your place using the link below:

Members ticket 18th January 2020 (£6) SOLD OUT
Non-Members Ticket January 2020 (£7) SOLD OUT
Members ticket 15th February 2020 (£6) SOLD OUT
Non Members Ticket 15th February 2020 (£7) SOLD OUT
Members ticket 21st March 2020 (£6) SOLD OUT
Non Members Ticket 21st March 2020 (£7) SOLD OUT

 

Important info

Tickets are non-refundable but you are welcome to sell your ticket if you get the buyer to contact us.

There is no physical ticket – Paypal confirms and we will send you an email within a week of payment. Any questions then please email – (abigail at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk)

The sessions are aimed at children 6+ and they should be accompanied by an adult. No adult ticket is needed.   Your child is welcome to come with another adult who has other children at the event.  If you need to bring a younger sibling along, just let us know.  They are welcome to come but will not be able to use the resources.  If you’d like them to use resources then please buy them a ticket. They would need to remain under your strict supervision as we aim our sessions at older children.

 


Photograph Competition 2019

A huge thank you to all who entered our Photograph competition that closed at the end of October 2019.  We had a lovely range of images showing different aspects of the park.  All finalists images will go into a display to be hosted in Rowntree Park reading cafe at the start of 2020.

All finalists also get a 12×8 print of their image.  Prints are also available to buy for just £3 – all money raised goes toward our volunteer work in the park.

You can see the images of the finalists below.

 

The names of the finalists are: Jane Dickins (reflection and lychgate), Barney Sharatt (ducks, mercury’s head, and mercury in shadows) Helen Barlow (squirrel), David Thomas (gates and horse), Victoria Hughes (ballerina and bubble), Sophie Hillier (park cafe, ducks, swan) Theo Hughes age 5 (ladybird on apple).

The overall winning image, chosen by our judges was by  David Thomas of ‘The Horse’ and he will receive a voucher for the cafe.  The runner up was by Barney Sharratt of Mercury in shadow.  A huge thank you to all who entered.  No specific skill or cameras were needed, just a willingness to share your lovely pictures of the park. We love these images.


Our AGM

 

Our first AGM as a charity took place last month. We were pleased to be able to celebrate lots of successes, and to discuss plans for the year ahead, in a wide-ranging meeting. You can read about some of our work in the Year in the Park document YitP 2019


Woods for Wellbeing Winter sessions

Escape from the stress of life and take some time to unwind and connect with nature. Join us for ‘Woods for Wellbeing’ sessions in the beautiful setting of Rowntree Park’s woods.  The next sessions now available to book are:

Friday 22nd of November 2019  – 12.30-2pm

Saturday 14th of December 2019  – 10.30-12pm   

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Join us a learn a new skill and craft at your own pace. There will definitely be some Autumnal and festive needle felting involved in these sessions. Other sessions may include one or some of the following – whittling, willow weaving, basic bushcrafts and a campfire fire.

The session will allow time for you to learn new crafts, connect with the natural environment and to feel more comfortable enjoying time in the woods.  Also the opportunity to meet like-minded people, or opt to spend time by yourself.

Take some breathing space, connect with nature and learn new skills, and return home feeling refreshed and replenished.

Sessions are designed for women, and those who identify as women, aged 16 upwards. We also welcome non-binary individuals who would enjoy the support of a women’s group.

Our sessions are run by our volunteer Christine, who describes herself as a ‘hobbycrafter’ and is also forest school trained.  The cost of the session a £12 for members and £15 for non-member, and includes a hot drink made outside in the woods.  Any profit goes back into our volunteer work in the park.

If you are not already a member – you can join for just £5 a year.  As as well as helping our work in the park, you also get a discount to our events and 10% off in the cafe all year.

www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

For further details and to book your place, follow the link here:

Fri 22nd November 

12.30-2pm

Members ticket

£12

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Fri 22nd November 

12.30-2pm

Non Members Ticket

£15

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Sat 14th December

10.30-12pm

Members ticket

£12

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Sat 14th December

10.30-12pm

Non Members Ticket

£15

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Any questions then drop Abigail a line at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

You do not need to have attended a previous session to book onto a session.  Previous attendees are very welcome as each session has a different theme – it would be great to see some familiar faces as well as new people.

The Friends of Rowntree Park are a group of volunteers who look after the park and provide events for the community.  We are all volunteers and care about our park and community. We welcome feedback on all our events to help us to improve and continue to meet your needs.

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