Spoon Carving Day

Learn a traditional rural craft carving your own wooden spoon from locally sourced green wood. You will be taught how to safely use a variety of hand tools before learning to split wood and develop knife and whittling skills. You will then create your own wooden spoon… the finished article can be used in your home, just admired, or even passed down as a family heirloom…!

A perfect way to relax and pass the day. Join us in the woods, round a fire, with the kettle on… You will benefit from the expertise of trained and very experienced woodland tutors. All materials and tools will be provided.

Spoon Carving Day Course Itinerary


Meet and greet. Kettle on… Tea/Coffee


Intro to the day

Tools – info/explain tools + safe working

Materials – different woods and properties.

What to make..? Spoon design: Shaping the handle, Carving the bowl.

Spoons – See blanks and process/stages with examples, method and tools used.

Making - produce your own spoon!

Review of the day. Q&A…

Woodland Adventure Days

We are now taking bookings for our Buckland Adventure Days for children aged 6 – 12 years old!

Viking Camp is tucked away in a clearing in the woods on the Buckland Park Estate in Buckland.

Keep an eye on social media for announcements about our other sites at Base Camp in the ancient woodland within the grounds of Belmont School in Holmbury St Mary, and Wigwam Camp in the woodland of The Birtley House Estate in Bramley.

Sessions for age 6-12 years start at 10.00 am and children are collected at 4.00pm.

A typical Woodland Adventure Day includes:

Using tools to create projects from wood
Building & managing camp fires safely
Den and shelter building
Fun on the rope swings
Bushcraft techniques
Environmental Art & Crafting
Wide Games
Problem solving tasks
Chilling in hammocks
Camp Fire social
Tree climbing & hugging


The SHAC’s new Forest School!

Come and play, The SHAC Forest School way, at The SHAC’s new Forest School for children aged 2-5 years old!!


With a friendly welcome and the emphasis on child-led play, our Forest School takes a holistic approach to help develop confidence, independence, resilience and creativity with its little learners, in a beautiful woodland environment.


Bug hunts, den building, hammocks, mud kitchen, stream dipping and climbing are just some of the many activities we do.


Our sessions are open for age 2-5yrs with their supporting adult. Each paying adult can bring one or two siblings to the sessions within the age range.


Each session lasts two hours from 9.30am to 11.30am. Individual sessions are now bookable online and begin on Tuesday 7th September 2021 at Buckland Park and then for 5 more consecutive Tuesdays, with the last one on Tuesday 12th October 2021.

Please click here to book.

Good to know:

General information for booking all our woodlands and wet and wild adventures.

Please read information to help you plan your visit including the kit list for the day, medical issues and preparing packed lunches, in our FAQs. The address for Buckland is Viking Camp, Buckland Park Estate, Reigate Road, nr Reigate, RH3 7BG.

Based on the true beliefs of the original forest school ethos from Scandinavia, The SHAC offer a child led experience, where the children are encouraged to engage with nature in a range of outdoor activities in a safe & supportive environment. We inspire in our adventurers a sense of freedom to explore the environment in their own unique ways, & instil confidence in them to make their own decisions while having bags of fun in the fresh air.

It is our experience that humans of all ages enjoy & benefit from time spent in the woods, participating in simple woodland activities & finding space to breathe. With this in mind we offer Adult & family Woodland Adventure style days so that we can all let nature into our lives – contact us for info.