Magic in the forest

Come and help your child to find their little piece of magic in the forest!

We are delighted to be running this mini festival for children. It’s going to be an absolutely joyful and magical place for your children to be themselves and explore through play and movement – especially important after the last 18 months they’ve all had.

The 2.5 hour programme at the festival includes a selection of activities which are sure to inspire and delight your child (and you!):

  • Happy Clouds – equal parts music and yoga, featuring a special mixture of themed and imaginative original songs, storytelling, breathing exercises and movement in a joyful way. 
  • An outdoor adventure with the Wild Tribe where your child can make their own forest-inspired crafts, with all materials provided
  • A group messy play activity led by Mini History Hunters where we’ll explore a legend of the forest together using natural materials
  • A child-led play session with Cariad Play where children can choose from a range of activities: your children might want to make mud pies, petal perfume or wizard’s potion… They might want to explore small world play with forest fairies and elves… They might want to enjoy some woodland sensory play… 
  • Snacks for adults and children (all dietary requirements catered for)

The backdrop for our event is the beautiful forest of Harlestone Firs (NN7 4EW), in a gorgeous secluded spot (info will be sent upon booking). The forest, on the edge of Northampton, is easily accessible from across Northamptonshire, Market Harborough, Rugby, Milton Keynes and beyond.

About us

We are a collective of local Northamptonshire businesses who are united by our child-led, nature friendly and creative approaches. 

This is Louise from Mini History Hunters Messy Play, and she brings you messy play with a history twist! Her sessions introduce people and places from the past to little ones through play, and she can’t wait to share this with you and your little ones in this amazing summer event!

The Wild Tribe is lovingly run by Jodie (L) and Harriet (R), two nature loving creatives on a mission to design and host earth friendly adventures! Jodie and Harriet have worked together in so many different ways and have a full summer of outdoor adventures ahead of them this year!

Lizzie (L) and Emily (R) are Happy Clouds, yoga and music for children. They met when Lizzie brought her son to one of Emily’s classes and she knew from that point forward that she’d work with Emily one day because she loved the class so much. They are tied together by their love of creativity, play and experimentation and fostering a sense of individuality and kindness (to themselves and others) amongst all the children they teach.

Cariad Play is run by Carys, a stay at home Mummy with a background in Early Years teaching, Play Therapy and Forest School. Carys is especially passionate about child-led and open-ended play and enjoys the wonderful mess, beautiful chaos and undeniable fun that this type of learning can bring.


What do I need to bring?

Please bring a comfy mat or blanket and cushion for our yoga and relaxation sessions, a drink for everyone in your group, and a change of clothes for your child(ren) would be a good idea for if they get super messy. You won’t need anything else other than the usual things you would bring for a day out with your child. Additional snacks will be provided and dietary requirements will be catered for.

What if it rains?

The event will take place under a canopy of trees so a bit of drizzle won’t stop us from enjoying ourselves! However, if we feel the weather is too extreme and need to cancel the event, you will be refunded in full.

Where can I park? Do I have to pay?

There is lots of parking opposite the forest itself which is free but this can become quite full during the school holidays. We would encourage you to arrive a little early and try your best to find a public parking space before using the garden centre (which is opposite), however, this is an option. Please follow any rules the garden centre may have on making a purchase to be able to park. There is also parking along the road just off the roundabout but please be mindful of residents.

Is there wheelchair/buggy access?

Yes, if you use a buggy you can use the wide main path instead of the secret pathway we will have signposted. The ground will be a bit uneven getting into our area. Please let us know if you are a wheelchair user or have accessibility requirements when you book and we can discuss what you will need.

Do I stay or drop my child off? Who is responsible?

The staff leading this event are not responsible for your child and you will need to remain with them at all times. The sessions will be interactive and inclusive for adults and children so we hope that you can enjoy all parts of this event alongside your child(ren).

What covid safety precautions are in place?

This event is entirely outdoors and so the risk of catching Covid-19 through the air remains low. Masks are no longer legally required but we will encourage you to use them if you feel it’s appropriate, and to space groups out.

Where do I go and how long is the walk?

We’ll send you full instructions upon booking including a little video to show you exactly where to go – it is less than a 5 minute walk.

Where are the nearest toilets? What about nappy changing?

There are no toilet facilities available (the venue is a forest). There are plenty of areas to have a wild wee nearby that are secluded. We will also have a little private area with a potty, baby changing mat, antibacterial wipes and hand gel. The nearest toilets are at the garden centre opposite.

What if I book and then I can’t make it on the day?

That would be a shame. We will need at least 72 hours notice of cancellation to receive a full refund. Refunds cannot be given for less than this amount of notice.

Any other questions? Contact us.