LATEST NEWS for September 2020


Coronavirus – latest government guidelines

 Wildside continues to do all it can to help limit the spread of coronavirus and protect the health and well-being of all those who access our services.  Facilities and equipment are thoroughly cleaned after each activity and throughout the day. We continue to adhere to social distancing and to request that people wear facemasks where safe and appropriate to do so.

As a result of the latest government guidelines we have had to place a limit on the number of people being able to take part in some of our activities. We will be contacting anyone whose booking may be affected by these new restrictions to inform them of any changes. Please be assured if you have not heard from us, then your activity will be going ahead as per your original booking

 It is important that we remain vigilant at this time to prevent the further spread of coronavirus and protect the health and well-being of everyone at Wildside Activity Centre. Your support in helping us do so is appreciated.

We are continuing to offer a restricted programme with lower numbers and social distancing in place.

You can all help by making an appointment if you need to see us, please don’t just drop in if you can avoid it.  We much prefer payments over the phone by card if you can manage it.  Please wear a face covering if you need to come into the office.

Please keep checking for news on our Facebook page.

You can still get in touch with us – emails are best.  

All emails remain the same.
Tel: 01902 754612.

The next date for the minor bike repairs are Saturdays October 10th , 31st and November 7th and 21st.  10:30am – 2:30pm.  These sessions are open to all but you must make an appointment.  Please don’t just drop in. 

We can do a basic safety check, puncture repairs, check gears, replace inner tubes etc.  Please contact us to book an appointment to drop your bike off.   

Email on or ring on 01902 754612.

There is no charge but you will be asked to pay for the cost of replacement parts.

From time to time, we also have refurbished bikes for sale (at the moment mainly children’s bikes).  If you are interested, please contact us as above to see what we have available.

For further details click here

We are unable to offer our normal open boat trips.  Social distancing would be impossible with a full compliment of passengers.

We are offering our ‘mini-bubble boat trips’ instead.   These  could be for a single support bubble, two households that are already meeting, or a group of six unrelated people (e.g. from a community group).  Maximum numbers apply.

These trips are available until the end of October subject to staff availability.  Please ring us if you would like to discuss.  Tel: 01902 754612

For more information click here.

We have a course on Saturdays 5th, 12th and 19th September to help people with some previous experience develop their skills, especially in solo paddling.  10.00am to 3:30pm.  £20 per person per day.

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We are offering a series of birdwatching walks this autumn.  There will be two groups and booking is essential so that we keep low numbers for COVID safety.  They are on specific dates starting 22nd September.  We have a few spaces left.  If you are interested, please ring the office for more details, 01902 754612.

Discover the fantastic life story of fungi and how they are essential to the planet.  This workshop will be held on Saturday 26th September from 10:30 am to 1:00pm.  £6 for adults, £4.50 for a child, £12 for a family.  Booking is essential.

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Trees are vital for our lives – discover how.  This day with tree specialist Bob Watson will help you to understand how trees communicate and what research is showing us about the ‘wood wide web’.  Suitable for adults (over 16s).  Saturday 3rd October, 10 am to 4 pm.  £10 per person.  To book or ask for details email us or ring 01902 754612.

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These popular sessions for pre-school children encourage learning and confidence by getting outside in nature.  We start again on Monday 28th September.  To meet COVID safety requirements, there will be three smaller groups (like a bubble) for which places must be booked.  It will no longer be a drop-in group.

Mondays in term time, either

9:30 am – 10:45 am,  11:15 am – 12:30 pm or 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Please ring us to book a place in the group of your choice, 01902 754612.