Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Bodenham Aboretum, Wolverley,, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY11 5TB

Contact: 07765 394 456



The World Outside, Bodenham Arboretum is an outdoor activity and forest school provider based in Kidderminster.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits? 


The World Outside offers curriculum linked activities based on a working farm with in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboretum. 

All key stages are catered for with experiential learning, developing inquisitive and positive relationships within the natural  environment. 

Through bespoke sessions and regular events everyone can learn, play and get close to nature in a fun and interactive way.  The Worlds outside caters for all through their child led sessions, building confidence and self esteem

Risk assessments are provided in advance along with a programme outlining your day and the curriculum links  and expected learning outcomes.

Price per a child start at £7 for a four to five hour forest school experience

Enhance your visit with an arboretum tour and visit as well as an outdoor activity session with a trained member of staff.

Minimum charges apply for forest school experience.

Please note that you do not need to pay entry to the Arboretum to attend Forest School but attendance at forest school does not permit entry to the Arboretum

Activities can include

•             Curriculum linked days

•             i.e. Vikings, Three little pigs, Native America

•             Fire lighting and cooking on fire

•             Natural Art

•             Team Building

•             Problem solving

•             Mud Kitchen

•             Den Building

•             Mini beast hunts

•             Pond dipping

•             Stream damming

•             Natural Art and much more...

Your Forest school leaders are:

•             OCN Level 3 trained Forest School Leaders

•             Experienced in working with children, with over 15 years  experience in Scouting

•             Insured

•             Enhanced CRB

•             Qualified in paediatric first aid


Vikings, Native America,, Mexico, Stone Age, In to the woods, Traditional Story,  Fantasy, World War II, growing, food chains and many more.

If your subject is not listed please ask us!

Please contact us for an outline programme and how we can create a bespoke session to link with your curriculum requirements.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Forest School with the World Outside

At the World Outside we closely follow the principles of forest school as set out by the forest school association.   However we are aware of the pressures that schools are under to ensure that every activity in school meets the criteria set down in the national curriculum.

To ensure that we assist the school to meet these needs The World Outside has developed a series of curriculum-linked programmes to inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.   It is very important to us, to allow the children to learn in a child-led and spontaneous manner though focused and child-led activities.  This allows the child to develop and learn in a way that is beneficial to the development of self-esteem, confidence and respect and  with the natural world.

The programmes we provide highlight the links to the curriculum along with the aims and expected learning outcomes.  These bespoke programmes can be developed to meet the needs of individual classes.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

No, but a member of LOtC and applying for a Quality Badge.

Also a member of the Institute of outdoor learning and applying for Accreditation.

Member of the Forest School Association.

Chartered Member of the Landscape Insitute.

What group sizes do you cater for?

Approximately 60 comfortable. We can accommodate 120 or more by arrangement.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We provide site and activity Risk assessments and a bespoke curriculum linked programme – a designed to your needs.  The aim of your trip is discussed before booking and a draft programme designed to meet your needs.  A typical example programme can be sent to you before booking.

The Arboretum provides a courtesy visit for two teachers prior to the trip to carry out your own risk assessments and we can also arrange a pre visit meeting with the World outside staff on site to discuss the needs of the group.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?  

No restrictions on photography or video

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Site and activity Risk assessments are provided.

Curriculum linked programme – a bespoke programme designed to your needs and The Arboretum provides a courtesy visit for two teachers prior to the trip to carry out your own risk assessments and we can also arrange a pre visit meeting with the World outside staff on site to discuss the needs of the group.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Sandra Hill 07765394456

What is the cost of the visit?

School rate varies from £3.50 for self-guided arboretum visit only up to £7 for a day of planned activities with a dedicated leader from the World Outside.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

Activity clothes, sturdy shoes or wellies, waterproofs – a change of clothes for the way home.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All leaders are first aid trained and can provide first aid, but it is recommended that the group brings a first aider if you choose the self-guided visit of the arboretum.

Please list facilities available. 

There is a shop and restaurant; however this is only open on certain days.  The children do not require pocket money and all children and staff should bring a packed lunch and drinks with them

We have covered shelters with in the forest suitable for seating up to 60 pupils.

Within the arboretum there are picnic benches and on days the arboretum is closed to the public or does not have an event on schools are welcome to us the seating on the terrace

What are your disabled facilities? 

There is a disabled toilet and the arboretum has an areas that are suitable for wheelchairs. 

The areas used for the outdoor activities can be difficult to access especially for a fully dependant wheelchair user, especially in inclement weather.  Partially dependant wheel chair users can access the site with assistance; though the terrain is uneven and sloping.  It is recommended that a pre-visit is made before booking should your group require disabled access.

What are your opening days and hours?

All year round, everyday, by arrangement.

The Arboretum is closed to the general public on Mondays and Tuesdays, so a very good day to visit with a school as you can usually have exclusive use. Private functions may be held on these days but these do not usually affect school visits.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

St Catherines Primary School, Kidderminster - Year 3 and 4 Native American Theme

Years 3 and 4 pupils, from St. Catherine’s C.E. Primary School, visited Bodenham Arboretum to support and enrich a KS2 project based on North America. Right from putting dates in the diary Sandra endeavoured to ensure that she planned and delivered a unique and fulfilling experience for the children. She listened to all of our ideas and then made them work brilliantly in a forest school context.

The day was really enjoyable and most worthwhile. The sessions were full but the children were also free to guide their own learning and experiences; they were motivated to challenge themselves and worked well as teams. The day covered so many valuable learning skills and provided a wide range of learning opportunities which appealed to everyone.

Almost every child described the day as the best trip they had ever been on and I know that the adults loved it too! Thank you Sandra.

Mrs. Sarah Powers, Headteacher, St Catherines Primary School, Kidderminster

Comberton Nursery

"We took our Nursery classes to The World Outside as part of our topic on 'Growing'. Sandra organised and tailored a wide range of activities that perfectly suited  their age ranges and the children were all fully engaged throughout the day.

Sandra had a lovely nature with the children that gained their interest and engagement  from the off and many came away from the day able to name and identify different plants and trees, which we were very impressed with!

The children thoroughly enjoyed having the freedom to explore outdoors whilst being in a safe and secure environment that was monitored and thoroughly risk-assessed by Sandra.

The whole experience was highly enjoyable for both staff and children and I would definitely recommend The World Outside to other colleagues. We will definitely be returning!

Mrs Fox, Comberton Nursery"

Priory Primary School - Bodenham Arboretum Trip 

From the planning stages to the day of the trip, the school have been thrilled with the attention to detail and the willingness to help shown by the Arboretum and The World Outside. Owing to the size of the year 5 and 6 classes there are few places willing to take on such a large group of children. Added to this were the special need requirements of a number of children.

The five year 5 and 6 classes had been learning about environments. We were able to give the Arboretum and Mrs S Hill the objectives we wished to achieve and they were able to tailor the activities to these objectives. The activities were also age appropriate and engaging to all pupils.

The risk assessment completed by The World Outside was comprehensive and informative. This then enabled  the school to complete the statutory authority risk assessment and the individual risk assessments of the children with specific physical needs.

On the days of the trips the children were excited by the activities they took a part in. They all loved den building and the freedom to explore their natural environment. Most asked if they could go again the next day! The learning environment was new to the children but they embraced the challenges and could all talk about what they had learned. For many the highlight was being able to see and touch the animals; something many had not had the opportunity to do before.

Some of the children who went on the trip, find learning in the classroom very difficult. One child in particular had been on a reduced timetable and had been in an intervention group prior to the trip. At school we had been struggling to engage this child. Whilst at the Arboretum he calmed down and listened to the instructions given. He then realised that he was allowed to build his own den, pond dip and roam the arboretum without being confined by walls. He touched a donkey and stood in awe of the creature.  He could not stop talking about the trip and was praised by staff for his excellent behaviour and the interest he had shown. He was able to produce some written and art work based on his experiences. A real breakthrough!

The staff and pupils cannot thank the Arboretum and The World Outside enough! We will certainly be organising another trip and have encouraged all year groups to consider a trip too!

Mrs Clare Stockford, Year 5 Class Teacher and Trip organiser, Priory Primary School

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Crafts Farms Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Storytelling Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies History Mathematics Music PSHE

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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