Festive Forest School Big Kids

Join us for a a ‘festive-themed’ Saturday Forest school/bushcraft session aimed at children aged 6 and over.

Saturday  14th of December 1-2.30pm

We’re getting festive for our December ‘Big Kids’ forest school.  This month we’re using green woodcraft skills to make mini reindeer and Christmas decorations.  There will be sawing, hammering and hand drilling all followed by a roasting fire (which the kids will start) for hot chocolate and marshmallows.

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 in 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!

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Saturday 14th of December 1-2.30pm and is 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 you can then go ahead and buy a member’s place!

www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

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

Members ticket (£6) Buy
Non Members Ticket (£7) Buy

 

Important info

Tickets are non-refundable but you are welcome to sell your ticket if you get the buyer to contact us. If the event cannot go ahead for any reason, we are happy to refund ticket prices.

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 (age 2-5). They would need to remain under your strict supervision as we aim our sessions at older children.

Please dress appropriately for the weather.  We do have forms of shelter if raining – plus it’s more fun!

 

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Christmas Crafts – Children’s Event

Join us to make natural Christmas decorations and generally get into the mood for Christmas!

Saturday 30th of November 10am or 10.30am start times (end by 12pm)

For children age 2-15

(Little ones will need a lot more parent/carer help)

We will be crafting on the cafe balcony this year!  Wrap up warm, get a hot chocolate from the cafe and craft until your heart is full of Christmas cheer!  Using natural materials gathered from the park and surrounding areas, you can create a range of decorations or mini wreaths.  We provide the resources/examples and you can create at your own speed.  A lovely, relaxing activity where you can learn new skills.

Tickets  – £3 Members/£4 Non-members

10am -Member Buy
10am – Non Member Buy
10.30am – Member Buy
10.30am – Non Member Buy

 

General Info

All money raised goes back into our volunteer work in the park.

Children remain the responsibility of their parents/carers.  Older children may be left if parents deem this appropriate.

Parents do not need a ticket, but if you do get tempted to make your own decorations (and some do), a small donation is appreciated!

Tickets cannot be refunded, but you are welcome to sell tickets on.

In case of adverse weather (park flooding very badly/torrential rain) the event may be cancelled and all money would be refunded.

This event is run by the Friends of Rowntree Park.  The cafe has agreed for us to use the venue but they are not responsible for the event and all questions should go to Abigail at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

 

 


Forest School 6+ – November session

Join us for a Saturday Forest school/bushcraft session aimed at children aged 6 and over.

Saturday 16th of November 1-2.30pm

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We started running these sessions in September and they have proved very popular.  We intend to run the sessions monthly.  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!

Saturday 16th of November 1-2.30pm and is 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 an buy a members place!

www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

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

Members ticket (£6) SOLD OUT
Non Members Ticket (£7) SOLD OUT

Keep an eye out for December’s session!

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 (age 2-5). They would need to remain under your strict supervision as we aim our sessions at older children.

 


Forest School comes to Rowntree Park

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We are excited to announce that Forest School sessions for children are coming to Rowntree Park this Autumn, starting on Friday 13th of September. Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance.

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 within nature.

Sessions will include: Den building, foraging, campfire cooking, mini-beast hunts, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling and natural paint making and more – all run by  Christine, our Very Young Friends group leader, who has taken her official training to be able to offer these amazing sessions that are exceptional value for money.

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.  The six-week block begins on Friday 13th of September and lasts session is Friday 25th of October (see note below). Each session runs from 10am-12pm.

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!

UPDATE – this first set of sessions sold out in just a week.  Therefore if you are interested in hearing about future sessions, please email us and you will be the first to hear about any future dates.  Contact our volunteer abigail at membership@rowntreepark.org.uk  who handles admin/bookings.

Members – £36 Non Members – £42
Forest School 6 week sessions – 13/9, 20/9, 4/10,11/10, 18/10, 25/10

(note no session on 27/9)

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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:

http://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

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Wild Life Day

We care about our local wildlife and know you do too!  The park has a vibrant mix of birds, animals and insects and we love them all!  Come along to our Wild Life Day in Rowntree Park to find out more about the types of wildlife we have in the park and engage with our range of family-friendly activities.

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The event will run between 12-3pm on Sunday 9th of June and is free to attend.  We have a range of groups coming with information and activities including:

  • Owl adventures who will run some displays
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Butterfly conservation trust 
  • St Nicks 
  • Bumblebee conservation trust
  • The conservation volunteers [TCV]
  • RSPB
  • East Yorkshire Bat Group 
  • Askham Bryan wildlife and conservation park
  • Hedgehog group
  • King of the Birds Trail
  • More TBC

There will be a range of ‘drop-in’ children’s activities including (minimal charges may apply):

  • Wild Art
  • Bee finger puppets
  • Bee walk
  • Bird feeder making
  • More TBC

In addition, we are running Pond Dipping sessions*.  The Pond Dipping sessions need booking in advance as numbers are strictly limited for this popular event:

BUY

Members Ticket – £2 Non Members ticket – £3
12pm-12.45pm SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
1pm-1.45pm SOLD OUT BUY

*Parents/careers are expected to stay with their children at all times, but tickets are only needed for the children involved in the event.  Most suited to 2-13-year-olds (approx)

There is no physical ticket.  You have your Paypal receipt and we have a list of names.  We will email you a few days before the event with details on where and when to meet.

The main event will take place on the large field near the playparks.   This event has been organised by Friend of Rowntree Park.  We are a group of volunteers who care about the park and community.  The event is non-profit making and any money made/donated goes back into the park.  We appreciate your support and know you share our love of the park and its wildlife.

Please see our Facebook events page for updates.

Important information

Park location – YO23 1JQ

There is a cafe on site run by York Explore (with toilets) and also a toilet block near our location.  It is advised to bring a picnic as the cafe may be very busy.  Alternatively, Bishopthorpe Rd shops are nearby for food and Cycle Heaven cafe (across the Millenium Bridge) – all within 5 mins walk.

The carpark at the park is small and there are council parking charges.  You can walk to the park from town (15 mins) or get a Bus to Bishopthorpe Rd.  You can access the park from Bishopthorpe road via Clementhorpe, Vine Street, Charlton Street, Richardson Street, Cameron Grove, and Butcher Terrace.  In addition, across the Millennium Bridge from Fulford.

If any other wildlife-related groups are interested in being involved, or you require further information – contact Ruth: ruthphillips19@hotmail.com

 

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Doodling with Mister Dills

Young Friends of Rowntree Park – Art Event

Mr Dills loves to doodle, and if you do too – he’d love you to join him in this art session hosted at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe on Sunday 24th of February 10am-11am  and a second session at 11.30-12.30 the same day.
 
Mr Dills is a local artist and children’s book illustrator who wowed all the children in his session last year when he showed them how easy, and fun, it can be to draw! In this session, there will be a chance to create your own Pokemon character and trading card amongst top tips for drawing and design.

 

 
The session is aimed at children aged 6-10 years of age (approx) and will be approximately 1 hour. Children remain the responsibility of their parents/carers through the session, but whilst they draw and create – you can chat and eat cake!
(NB-It is possible the session may run over slightly but no longer than 11.30am).
 
The cost of the session is £4 per child for Friends of Rowntree Park members and £5 for non-members.
If you’d like to become a member it is only £5 per year for the household – as well as helping our volunteer work in maintaining and improving the park, you also get 10% off at the cafe for the year – perfect! Join today – click here
Mr Dills is a firm supporter of the Friends of Rowntree Park and will also be displaying some of his illustrative work based on the park, and York in general at the Reading Cafe over the coming months and he has also agreed to help us with some larger art in the park itself – what a guy!
Doodling with Mister Dills – children’s art workshop Sunday 24th February 10-11am SOLD OUT
Doodling with Mister Dills – children’s art workshop Sunday 24th February 11.30am-12.30pm SOLD OUT

* Non-members ticket links will become live on Jan 15th.  Can’t wait? Become a member today using the link below and then buy a member’s ticket.http://www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership

Why join the Friends of Rowntree Park?
You can support the Friends of Rowntree Park for only £5  year per household.  Your money goes toward our volunteers’ work in maintaining and improving the park, as well as running community events.  You also get monthly newsletters, priority booking/discount to our events and 10% off in the cafe for the year. Join here.

 

You can see more of Mr Dill’s work on Instagram and Facebook

Please note – Tickets cannot be refunded but if you cannot come/sell your ticket on please let us know in advance.
Email – membership@rowntreepark.org.uk

 

 


Boat Making!

It’s been a wonderful half term in the park – glorious weather, lots of people out and about, and the Young Friends of Rowntree Park hosted a ‘Boat Making’ activity!

Making the most of our park recycling, our young engineers set to work trying to create crafts that float.  It was wonderful to see the problem solving and creativity that went on.  Some fantastic designs and ideas – some more practical than others!  Our Young Friends tested their boats out and watched to see if they floated.  It was fantastic to see some resilient builders who assessed why their boats were not working as they hoped, and went back to the creation station to remedy this and modify their designs.

This event was run by our ‘Young Friend’ volunteers Abigail, Christine and Ruth.  Over 60 children came and all the money raised will go back into the park.

The next Young Friends event is Den Building on Saturday the 2nd of June, followed by The Very Young Friends (0-5-year-olds) monthly meet up on Thursday 7th of June at 10am where they will be learning all about bees!  All activities designed and organised by the Young Friends of Rowntree park are created for the whole family to get involved. Please see Facebook for up to date information on planned events.

All Young Friends events offer a discount or free entry to Friends of Rowntree Park households.  To join fr just £5 a year please go to http://www.rowntreepark.org.uk/membership or email membership@rowntreepark.org.uk for further details.