Our offer to children and families

Little Explorers

This group operates on Mondays in term time either from 9.30 to 11am or from 1 to 2.30pm.
It offers fun outdoor activities for pre-school children and their parents or carers.
The group is led by an experienced and fully qualified Forest School leader and  allows children to play and explore the natural world in their own way.
Children (and adults too) make huge gains in confidence.

Holiday Activity Programmes including Narrowboat trips

We offer holiday activities in all school holidays and half-terms except the Christmas holiday.
We keep prices as low as we can to help families and concessions for low income families are available.
The Easter, May and summer programmes include open family boat trips.
The detailed programmes are available on this website under
 What’s On about a month beforehand.
They set out the nature of the activity, the age group for which it is suitable and the cost.

Wildside Watch Group

This Group is for children age 5-11 who are interested in wildlife.
It normally meets in term time on the second Sunday of the month from 10am to 12 noon. 
It is supported by the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust.
A varied programme of learning about nature, exploring the outdoors, quizzes, crafts and games is fun, exciting and interesting.
Please ring to tell us if a new child wants to come along and try it.

Open Cycle Rides and other cycling events

From time to time, we offer open family cycle rides, towards Wombourne or towards Aldersley.
There is always a free bike safety check first.
Bikes are available to borrow.
Bike maintenance courses and road safety training are also sometimes available.
All these will be advertised on Facebook and shown on the website under What’s On. 
If you are particularly interested, please let us know and ask to go on our mailing list.

Children Parties

Have you thought of holding a birthday party with a difference for your child at Wildside?
Avoid the mess and stress of a party at home.
We have three great party packages to choose from or you can design your own.
You bring food and decorations as you wish.
We provide a worker who will lead the activities you have chosen.

‘The team really went the extra mile to make the day special. I can’t recommend it enough!’

Download our leaflet about Children’s Parties here

Family Celebration Events at Wildside

You can design your own really special family event for a birthday or anniversary – just come and celebrate.
You could have the boat all to yourselves or you could use the lovely meeting room.

‘What a fantastic day on the canal for a 60th birthday celebration enjoyed by all the family aged from 2 to 84. We will be back. Thank you to the skipper and crew for making our day so special.’

Download our leaflet about celebrating at Wildside here

One off special events such as Bird Ringing or Open Days

Look out for our special events like the Open Days. These are often free and provide a chance for all the family to try out what’s on offer at Wildside.
They will all be advertised on Facebook and on the website under What’s On.

Concessions for Families on Low Incomes

We have a concession scheme to help families on low incomes join our holiday activities. You will need to show us evidence of receiving certain benefits.

For details of the current concessions, click here

Details of What’s On and current dates and times can be found on this website. 

You can also request to go on our mailing list and details of events and holiday programmes will be sent to you.