What We Offer
Wildside Activity Centre offers a range of options to interest all age groups and abilities. The most important message about our activities is that we want to plan a successful visit with you and wherever we can, we will mix and match activities to make the bespoke visit you need.
Subject to numbers and availability of staff and room bookings, we can run multi-activity days for most groups and will always try to make activities as accessible as possible for those with special needs.
Most of the activities can be provided on an outreach basis, especially if you have a little outdoor space on your own site. You will find headings on the website explaining how these activities fit with different user groups such as schools, families, groups for people with disabilities, businesses, uniformed organisation and so on.
Please look through the information on these pages and give us a ring to discuss your requirements.
Our programme centres on adventurous activities and environmental education and we also run narrowboat trips. There is no neat dividing line.
For example, some children will find a minibeast hunt more of an adventure than going canoeing and some groups will find a boat trip will open their eyes to the wildlife around us in an unusual way. Your choice depends on what you want to achieve with your group.
We have excellent access to woodland, waterside and grassland habitats on site and can lead groups further afield into the Smestow Valley Nature Reserve or along the towpath. A biodiversity survey in July 2017 identified over 378 species of animals, plants and fungi on our own small site in Hordern Road and we are always taking more steps to attract more wildlife.
All activities are run by sessional staff or volunteers with appropriate qualifications and extensive experience. Risk assessments are available and every session has a short introduction about health and safety. All staff with direct contact with children or vulnerable adults have had DBS checks. For school and youth activities and vulnerable adults, the group must be accompanied by school/organisation staff.