Rock Edge – Headington

We run a parent and toddler/pre-schooler session in Headington, Oxford, thanks to the Oxford City Council Parks team who have kindly given us permission to use Rock Edge.

Please book in advance using our online booking system to ensure you get a place. We limit numbers to ensure that everyone gets a good experience, to help us plan our resources and activities, and to limit the environmental impact we’re having on Rock Edge.

If you book in advance for a full half term, you will get a reduction on the individual session price. Please use the discount code SIBLING30 to book a full half term for a second (or third or fourth) child at the sibling rate.


What? This is a chance to let children play in nature. Every week will be a little different but over the course of our sessions we will have bug hunting, mud kitchen, a rope swing, a hammock, den building, treasure hunts, stories, songs, fire lighting, nature art, clay, dream catchers, elder jewelery, foraging (in the past we have made blackberry jam and elderflower cordial!) and will encourage and enlarge upon anything else that takes the children’s fancy. We almost always have a campfire and the children will cook their own snack (damper bread) over the fire. They can help to prepare the dough and will learn how to wrap the dough round the end of a stick and bake it over the embers. We also provide a drink for the children and tea and coffee for adults!

Where? Rock Edge Nature Reserve, Rock Edge, Headington Oxford, OX3 8NE, United Kingdom

The number 10 bus from  the Cowley Road and  Temple Cowley stops at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre on Windmill Road which is right next to Rock Edge. The number 4 bus from Botley stops at Lime Walk on Old Road, a very short walk from Rock Edge, whilst the 700 from Kidlington and Summertown stops inside the NOC and just north on the Windmill Road. We are a 10-15 minute walk from the main Headington bus stops on the London Road. There is lots of free parking on York Road.

When? 10.00-11.30, Thursday mornings in term time. See here for Oxfordshire term dates.

How much?  Per session £6 per child or £10 for two siblings.

Save £1 for the first child and 50p for the subsequent children per session when booking a half term block in advance.

No charge for non-walkers and adults!

Who? Any age, though aimed at toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Boring Admin: There are a couple of forms that participants will need to fill in on their first session. I will bring forms to the session, but anyone who can fill them in online in advance will save a few minutes of form-filling in the woods!

  1. Adult Medical Form. This is for any adult attending – you are just as (un)likely to have some sort of accident as your child/ren! So please fill this form out for yourself so that we are able to make the correct first aid decisions, should such a scenario arise.
  2. Child Medical Form. Please fill one in for each child attending.
  3. Policy and Media Consent Form. Please read through our Code of Conduct and Clothing and Personal Equipment policies and also let us know whether you are happy to be photographed. If you are not, we will of course ensure that this doesn’t happen.