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Outdoor Stay and Play Sessions

Welcome to Woodland Wanderers!


We run outdoor play sessions at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Leeds.


Exciting and engaging play-based sessions for a range of ages from babies to primary school. 

All run by a qualified early years teacher, carefully planned to support the development of your child.

Woodland Wanderers is an inclusive setting. Woodland Wanderers believe all children should have access to positive outdoor experiences enabling them to learn and grow.

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Which session is right for you?


Woodland Wanderers

From 12 months to 4 years old.

This is an outdoor play session with activities linked to our book of the week. 

We begin by sharing the story of the week in our story circle. Please don't be put off if your child is not yet ready to sit and listen to a story. There is no pressure to sit still if your child is ready to get busy!

Each week we have some familiar play stations such as the mud kitchen and physical area. We also have a few new activities linked to our story of the week. Please head to our gallery to see some examples of the activities on offer!

Please come dressed appropriately in old clothes suitable for mud, paint, glue and water play. 

Sessions go ahead in most weather conditions so remember layers and appropriate footwear. 

We join together to finish the session with our popular parachute songs. Why not head to the farm playground after a session or see how many of the farm animals you can spot on the way back home?


Coffee, Cake and Calm

From birth to 12 months old.

This is a relaxed outdoor session for parents and babies. As this session is as much for parents as it is for babies there is no minimum age to attend, just whenever you are ready to leave the house! Our youngest babies often sleep through the sessions giving new parents the chance to build their 'village'.

We begin with a welcome song and an introduction to the activities.

Each session has a different theme from hedgehogs to farms and Spring to teddy bears picnic.

After our welcome song parents have chance to get to know one another whilst enjoying a hot drink and a sweet treat from The Barn Coffee Shop. 

Babies are free to explore the activities at their own pace under the beautiful canopy of trees. A truly peaceful experience.

We finish the session with some parachute songs. Parents often like to visit The Barn Coffee Shop onsite after a session to share lunch together!


The outdoors provides unique experiences and opportunities.
It promotes problem solving and team work in a real context. There is no better way to learn about the world than exploring it for yourself! 

"The best classroom
and the richest cupboard
is roofed only by the sky"

- Margaret McMillan

Our Ethos

We understand that young children often have their own important agendas!

Our classes have a relaxed approached where children can pick and choose activities based on their own interests dip in and out of each activity as they please.

Our focus is on the process rather than an end product.

Don't Just take it from us!
Check out what our parents say.

I really think the sessions are great and my child absolutely loved getting stuck in with all the sensory bits and the other babies. Plus the cakes are delicious! I think you are into a winning formula and I really hope we can get booked into the sessions again soon.

A very relaxed session for both adults and children . We (I) look forward to this session all week.  Thanks

Just what I was looking for. My daughter looks forward to this class all week and loves all the activities. She really benefits from being outdoors too.

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