EXETER FOREST SCHOOL

Exeter's ultimate outdoor activity and training venue. Begin the adventure...

INSPIRING FOREST SCHOOL ADVENTURES

Choose from our range of exciting outdoor based activities and training at Exeter Forest School

Exeter will always hold a special place in our hearts as it was the first Forest School that we opened, back in 2010. Manager Chris White had been working at the neighbouring Shillingford Organics when he started plotting with Tom Lowday and Shevek Pring on how they could offer outdoor education to the children of Exeter. After identifying the forest next to the farm as the perfect venue, they approached Martyn Bragg (owner of Shillingford) who kindly agreed to rent it to us.

And once they stepped foot in the woods, there was no turning back! Chris, Tom and Shev took their passion for outdoor education and channelled it into our little patch of foresty heaven. We started with just Saturday clubs to gauge interest and since then, have continued to grow year on year as parents started to request that we offer a range of different activities from toddler clubs to home education provision.

Their desire to provide accessible forest school education has been infectious as the team has grown and we now have an Ofsted-registered kindergarten as well as Forest School sites at Exmouth and Okehampton and offer alternative education, adult training courses and team building days.

Our staff have experience of working with young adults with behavioural problems and mental health issues and we believe Forest School can be a great tool for furthering the educational possibilities of young people facing those challenges.

At Exeter, we work with schools to create bespoke session plans ranging from one day to a whole term, weaving the curriculum into excellent Forest School activities. We offer facilities for birthday parties, holiday clubs, toddler clubs, home education groups and team building.

In case of emergency or if you need to contact the Forest School Leader regarding your child during a session please call the site mobile on 07801 160620.

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Birthday Parties

Exeter’s ultimate birthday party venue! Choose Exeter Forest School for an unforgettable birthday party. Perfect for toddlers, children and teenagers.

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Holiday Clubs

When schools out, why not start a new adventure? Our holiday clubs are fun, interactive and inclusive. Suitable for children and teenagers.

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Toddler Clubs

Termly parent and toddler groups that incorporate the outdoors, learning, fun and games! Explore a whole new world at Tree Tots Toddler Club.

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Home Education Groups

For an alternative take on education, join Exeter’s only outdoor Home Education Group every Thursday and Friday during term time. 

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Forest School Training

All of our activities and courses are run by qualified Forest School Leaders. We now provide accredited Forest School Training for adults in Exeter.

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Education For Schools

We believe that all schools should embrace the outdoors. That’s why we provide bespoke training opportunities for students and teaching staff.

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HOW TO FIND US

We welcome visitors but, if you haven’t booked onto an activity, please request an appointment with us in advance. 

Exeter Forest School

Shillingford Road, Shillingford St George, Exeter, Devon, EX2 9QL

Heading from Exeter City Centre

From Exe Bridges Roundabout, take the A377 exit onto Alphington Road, continue past the Sainsbury’s junction then take the next left onto the B3123 / Church Road.

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit continuing on Church Rd. At the double roundabout, take the Shillingford St George exit, heading up hill onto Shillingford Road. Continue on this road, go through Shillingford Abbot all the way down the hill. The Forest School is on the right just after the Shillingford St George sign.

From the M5

Head south until junction 31, use the left 2 lanes to take the A30 exit to Bodmin/Okehampton. Continue onto the A30. Use the left lane to take the A377 slip road to Exeter/Credition. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A377 heading into Exeter.

Take the first left, following signs for Alphington. At the traffic lights turn right. Then use the centre lane to turn right at the lights for Alphington. Then take the next left onto the B3123 / Church Road.

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit continuing on Church Rd. At the double roundabout, take the Shillingford St George exit, heading up hill onto Shillingford Road. Continue on this road, go through Shillingford Abbot all the way down the hill. The Forest School is on the right just after the Shillingford St George sign.

From the A38

Head North, exiting onto the A379 for Dawlish/Topsham/Exminster/Marsh Barton. Continue on A379. Turn left onto Chudleigh Rd signposted for Alphington. Continue on Chudleigh Road until you reach a double roundabout. Take the first exit onto Shillingford Road, heading up hill.

Continue on this road, go through Shillingford Abbot all the way down the hill. The Forest School is on the right just after the Shillingford St George sign.

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