Hands-on with nature in The New Forest

The Woodland Centre at Hoburne Bashley is a very special place that introduces the beauty and magic of the New Forest to visitors of all ages.

In a series of guided walks, workshops, classes and talks, you can learn all about the history and traditions of this ancient woodland and try your hand at centuries old crafts like coppicing and woodcarving with the help of experts who keep them alive today.

There are stories to enjoy from Jack O’ The Green, our resident storyteller, who’ll bring the myths and legends of the forest back to life before your eyes. And there’s the Tree Spirit Trail, taking in ten hidden tree spirit carvings that take you on a journey of mystery and adventure through the woods.

Whatever you get up to, The Woodland Centre is a great way to understand more about the history of the New Forest and the nature that’s all around you.

Learn more about Hoburne Bashley

Call 01425 612340

Email functions@hoburne.com

Woodland Centre 2019 Activity Diary

Don’t miss out on learning something new. If you are staying at Hoburne Bashley, Hoburne Park or Hoburne Naish you’re welcome to join in any woodland activities during your stay.

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Winter Solstice Stories with Jack 'O' the Green

Taking place on Saturday 14th December from 10am - 1pm.

Join us to hear stories based on magic, myths and folklore from the woods told by Jack ‘O’ the Green, Master Storyteller.

Make your very own woodland Christmas medal, toast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate all next to a warm woodland fire.

£8 per person. Meet at the Woodland Centre and be sure to wrap up warm and wear sensible footwear.

For more details or to pre-book your place pop into reception or contact 01425 612340 or paul.brockman@hoburne.com.

Things to do at the Woodland Centre

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Woodlander Coppice

All of our coppice products are harvested from our own woodlands, using sustainable methods of woodland management. We also provide a range of bespoke educational courses to local schools.

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Children’s Woodland Parties

Something for little adventurers of all ages to enjoy and learn from.

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Guided Walks

Guided walks to Wilverly Inclosure, Hinchlesea Woods and Holm Hill. Learn about woodland flowers, plants and trees, wildlife, agriculture and the working forest.

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Stories and Entertainments

Thrill to ancient tales of the forest with our resident storyteller and woodland theatre productions.

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Adult Classes

Adult classes in woodcarving, basket weaving and woodland management. Get hands on with traditional tools and crafts and take what you make away with you.

Bushcraft Team Building

Woodlander offers a range of original corporate development courses which are highly enjoyable yet challenging and educational. In our experience Bushcraft and Survival based team building courses offer far more potential for expressing individual creativity than traditional team building workshops.

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Meet the team

Paul Brockman - Woodland Manager

A fully qualified NCFE Level 3 Bushcraft Instructor, Paul has lived in the New Forest all his life and is qualified in Sustainable Woodland Management Level 3, where he was trained by Ben Law from Grand Designs!

Paul has also worked as a Volunteer New Forest Ranger on many local conservation projects. He has more than 20 years’ experience of working with young people, supporting them into employment or further training, and runs corporate team building and woodland courses for the local community.

With Paul’s help, Hoburne Bashley run a local community support program in nature education for local schools. Paul also attends shows exhibiting his carvings and natural produce made from forest ingredients.

Simon Hemsley - Assistant Woodland Manager

Simon has 20 years’ experience and training in outdoor education, behaviour management, risk assessment and working with special needs. He also knows how to tell a fantastic story, be sure not to miss him as Jack o’ the Green.

Where to Find Us

Hoburne Bashley, Bashley, Sway Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5QR
Sat Nav: BH25 5QS

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