Welcome to the Orchard Forest School

Come and visit us at Orchard Forest School, which is a unique provision that is run in partnership with ‘South West Family Values’ and is slightly different to most Forest Schools, because we are lucky enough to be based within Lupton House ancient orchard, where we have an abundance of fruits and wildlife to explore and discover.

This is a truly magical setting which is surrounded by ancient stone walling and natural hedgerow, giving us a safe space to explore.

We run sessions for our local families and community, providing opportunities to experience a wide range of new skills, that’ll build on self-esteem, confidence, resilience and life skills whilst having fun.

orchard forrest school at Lupton House

Contact the Forest School

Forest School is an inspirational hands-on experience, with play being participant led which means we follow your curiosities and plan accordingly.

Everyone is welcome at Orchard Forest School regardless of age or ability and we pride ourselves at being able to welcome everyone into the orchard and we will do our best to enable accessibility.

At the beginning of each session we meet at our fire pit, which helps everyone learn how to be safe around the fire. From there we explain what activities have been set out for the session or the plan for the day. Families/participants can then move freely within the 4-acre site, experiencing a wealth of new learning opportunities such as:

The list is endless, but whatever you choose to do whilst you’re with us we’re pretty confident that you will leave us with a big smile and a sparkle in your eye!

We run sessions all year around and continue in wet weather and will only cancel sessions in extreme weather conditions.

So wrap up warm and wear wellies and waterproofs in the wetter months!

The Orchard Forest School Trail

Orchard forest school at lupton house

Some of the groups we currently run include:

This is by no means an exhaustive list but it gives an indication of the sessions we run.

Have a look on our face book page to see what we get up to or if you would like further information regarding groups/sessions/bookings or becoming a volunteer to help manage the orchard, email our Forest School Lead Louise Loram.