Ashdown Forest

Rural Business Award Regional Finalist in Two Categories

“Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business”

“Best Rural Professional Services Business”

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After School Clubs – Ashdown Forest

The great out-tours bring the wonders of the countryside to the doorstep of primary school children. Via an exciting & curriculum supporting ‘four seasons’ outdoor learning programme, we deliver after school clubs & in-school workshops.

We pride ourselves in creating unforgettable practical experiences of nature in action using the school grounds/surrounds as the teaching ‘stage’. We work closely with the school staff to satisfy key curriculum learning objectives in the subject areas of: science, geography, art & design, music & design & technology. If your school has a Great Out-tours club running, here is a taster of what your children will take part in…

  • Living animal dynamics, including handling/bottle feeding lambs & chicks in spring.
  • Wild produce culinary activities including making Elderflower cordial, Crab Apple jelly, jams & chutneys & crushing/pressing fruits in summer for the freshest juice.
  • Carrying out a variety of countryside surveying methods on nature (with the aid of long duration cameras to bring alive the wildlife whilst school sleeps)!
  • Rural crafts making animal/plant structures/sculptures as well as bird, bat & insect nest boxes, homes & hotels!
  • Exciting individual & team-work based activities to develop self esteem, confidence, independence & practical skills. … plus many other illuminating & fun activities!

Area Manager : Louise Burton
Phone: 07788 713587

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27.08.19 - Farmer John (AKA John Brooksbank) takes in armfuls of GREAT OUT-TOURS crafting 'treasure' to his BBC SUSSEX radio interview!! ... See MoreSee Less

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27.08.19 **HOT OFF THE PRESS**

We could not have achieved this accolade without your children & our very dear care supported friends!?

Following the thrilling news that The Great Out-tours have been nominated by the prestigious 'Rural Business Awards', as finalists in two award categories, BBC Sussex have invited Farmer John for an interview this afternoon (27.08.19) from 1430 onward. If you might be interested in having a listen, tune in to 104.5, 104.8 or 95.0-95.3FM.27.08.19
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26.07.19 - Quacking good duckling art wins the day! WELL DONE TO THIS VERY TALENTED YOUNG LADY.

Our Key Stage 1 dot-to-dot colouring challenge that accompanied The Great Out-tours 'duckling to school' club sessions, brought so much pleasure to many children across our club network.

We had lots & lots of amazingly colourful duck creations using the duckling dot-to-dot outline, but one child from St. Margaret's CEPS - Angmering (Arun region), took art to a WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL. Just BILLIANT!!!!!

This child was so transfixed by her meeting/petting/learning about our wild Mallard ducklings, she took home her dot-to-dot challenge and according to mum, worked on it for hours. We can all see that. Hoorah for her!!

Music to our ears and truly representative of what The Great Out-tours stand for.

Sam and Farmer John are SO VERY IMPRESSED with her creative skill and dedication to complete this masterpiece & for this she wins a Great Out-tours T-shirt!!

THOROUGHLY DESERVED, I THINK YOU WILL ALL AGREE! Do post any comments you feel merit this talented achievement!
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Possibly the cutest session ever...visit to St John's by a gaggle of 2 week old ducklings. ... See MoreSee Less

...and I don't think I put the famous lambs visit up yet either...very very cute.. ... See MoreSee Less

Just realised that I've not posted from the last couple of pendants and elderflower cordial, which turned out remarkably well (..considering....).. ... See MoreSee Less

Crazy fun doing the water run challenge this afternoon...some excellent teamwork and a fair dose of ingenuity...1 litre in at the beginning and 950ml out the end for the winning team...not bad. ... See MoreSee Less

Cracking afternoon making some very striking woollies as a pre-amble to next week's visit by Farmer John's lambs. Well done everyone - took perseverance and patience to complete the task and great to see some teamwork helping each other out. ... See MoreSee Less

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23.04.19 - DID YOU HAVE A HAPPY BL..EASTER????!!!!

Farmer John has been really busy this Easter hols bringing new life to Woodside Environmental Education Centre; four of the cutest lambs; Bruno (from Dorset), Nell (from Sussex with a dose of Dutch), Marble (from East Anglia with a dose of South Down Sussex) & ???? (a female lamb from the South Downs with a dose of French/Dutch)!!! The last lovely lamb has not been named and we need your help to name her.

Replies would be very welcome please to really give our lamb a spring in her step!!!

This is possibly our most diverse European mix of lambs since we started bringing lambs to school across our Wealden and West Sussex club network (over 7 years ago).

They each have extremely interesting stories & all have such lovely calm personalities THAT YOUR CHILDREN AT CLUBS WILL GET TO MEET, FEED AND LEARN ABOUT!

Some of you may know but very sadly the educational farm in our region -'Seven Sisters Sheep Centre', that used to run lamb visits for all ages, closed last year. We are told that we are unique in our provision of lamb based curriculum supporting school visits.

We break down all the H&S barriers to ensure children at schools get to marvel, feed and pet these quintessential icons of Spring. THIS IS A TRULY UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE FOR CHILDREN!

Our school club registers are now live so if you have not done so already, please re-enrol/enrol your child(ren) by clicking on

Our four newest animal friends and The Great Out-tours team cannot wait to see you all in this SPRING HIGHLIGHT TERM 5.
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What a way to finish the term..close encounters with the very majestic Buzz, the Common Buzzard. Loads of interesting facts, which Laura made so fascinating and real; with plenty of "tickle" time at the end - it was great to see how the children responded..ever curious with lots of questions, and even those who were initially fearful became confident to have a stroke and a chat..I have never seen them all so quiet and engrossed as we finished off with a word search at the end! ...and we managed to dodge the hail! Happy Easter all. ... See MoreSee Less

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Caroline Tapsell Ferrier x

Such a shame Christopher missed this, unfortunately he needed to come this afternoon.

Kelsey loved it! Also thank you for the lovely Mother’s Day gift they made at the club, I love it.

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Thank you so much for emailing over the picture of my daughter in action! I love the pic 😊: she really is so interested in nature and the natural world, she really loves going to the club. You definitely inspire her..

Have a wonderful Easter too!