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Noakes Grove Birthday Parties

When can we have our party?

Weekends or possibly after school. We can only run a couple of parties each month, so please make a reservation as early as possible.
Contact Emma Horton on 01799 513696 or 07981 296921,
or email emmylou.horton@gmail.com.

What kind of activities will there be?

We’re happy to discuss ideas with parents, but our aim is to offer kids the chance to develop outdoor skills and experience nature activities. We can supply food for campfire cooking (sausages, potatoes, self-harvested nettles!) and the services of two party organisers. As well as building a fire, cooking on it (and eating), choose from: pond dipping, bug hunting, nature scavenger race, den building, running around games, nature craft activities, storytelling (younger kids)/puppet workshop (older kids).

What else do I need to know?

  • Age range: 6 -12 years.

  • Between 6 and 16 kids per party.

  • Cost: £120 for up to 10 children, then £10 per child up to a maximum of 16. Parties last for up to three hours at a time to suit you and your children. We supply food for camp-fire cooking and the services of two party organisers.

  • Children must come dressed for romping in the undergrowth: strong shoes, preferably trousers and long sleeves, jumpers and waterproofs if the weather is likely to be cold or wet. No party dresses!

What's not included?

  • Food and drink for any parents who are staying.

  • Food for children with special dietary requirements – we’re happy to cook it if you bring an alternative (please discuss this with us in advance).

  • Birthday cake/party bags – but you are welcome to bring these with you.

Any rules?

The reserve is mainly managed for the benefit of wildlife and we avoid doing anything that would damage their habitats or cause them harm. So no balloons or sky lanterns.

What if the weather is awful?

If there is heavy rain, parents have the option of cancelling at least an hour ahead and getting a booking on another day at no extra cost, or going on regardless.

Erm, is there a loo?

We hope soon to be able to install a composting toilet at the reserve for essential use; wees have to be wild at the moment.

Who are the organisers?

The staff running the party are conservation volunteers. They are all DBS checked, know the geography and wildlife of Noakes Grove well and are experienced with teaching natural history to children.

What do we do with your money?

The price includes VAT, which we have to pay, and the cost of insurance. After our expenses, it will all be used to help maintain the nature reserve.