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).   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 3 start times so we can stagger people. The session will last around an hour – 10am, 10.45am, 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
10.45am 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

 We are offering ‘Green Woodworking’ sessions for  Home Educated children.

Starting on Thursday 27th 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 for members.
You can buy sibling ticket following the link below. This ticket is for 2 places at £75 for members instead of £84. 

The sibling ticket is  £90 for Non-Members (or become a member for £5). Email us for this link.

Sibling Ticket (2 places)BUY

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.


Festive Forest School Big Kids

Join us for  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) SOLD OUT
Non Members Ticket (£7) SOLD OUT

We run sessions monthly so 2020 sessions will be released in December. We try to advertise via the membership newsletter and website, followed a week later by facebook and posters.

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!

 


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:

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Members Ticket – £2 Non Members ticket – £3
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*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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