A cosy and relaxed forest school playgroup in your local park... Handy, wholesome and heaps of fun
You and your crew can play, build, create, climb, wander, wonder, bake, balance, socialise, swing, read, sing, chill, snack, chat, dance, craft and explore nature’s playground together.
Join The Conker Crew
Are you ready for an adventure? Do you and your little ones love reading? Fancy something a bit different?
Well, The Conker Crew invite you to join us at one of our friendly, outdoor based parent-toddler groups. Together we embrace the great outdoors as we embark upon a woodland storytelling adventure, learning new skills and natural crafts along the way, playing games, using tools and making fires and friends each week.
Our forest school fun takes place in local parks to offer easily accessible natural space with parent-friendly facilities (toilets, baby change, car park, local transport links, café, pram/buggy friendly terrain). We operate in all seasons and all weather (except high winds or dangerous conditions); we provide a shelter if necessary and always offer a hot drink and a snack for all.
The sessions are run by qualified Level 3 Forest School Leaders, with full outdoor, pediatric first aid certificate and DBS check.
Come and join us for some ‘fresh air fun in your hood’.
Where & When…
Join our urban fresh air fun revolution at:
Longford Park, Stretford
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm
(10.30am start during Winter and New Year Terms)
Advance booking required. Click here >>
[Conker Crew is also available for parties, events, festivals and school groups]
Hello there. I’m Chantel and I’ve got a secret to share… I am not Bear Grylls, Ray Mears or even Julia Bradbury. I wasn’t brought up with an extensive knowledge of knots, experience of camping or wood-whittling parents. But I’ve found myself here as a parent of three young kids, with 15 years high school teaching experience facing my fears of what our fast-paced, screen-driven and nature-deprived culture is doing to our children. This was a slowly emerging realisation which lead me to retrain as a Forest School Leader, get a campervan, embrace the outdoor family life and reignite a lifelong love of learning. And so, Conker Crew came from the understanding that yes, we all know we need to get out and about, but man, sometimes life with kids just makes it hard. I definitely know it; you know it – and so, a chilled out, festival forest school vibe awaits in your local park with a smile, a hot brew, and a proper Geordie welcome.
What our crew and their folks say…
“We love the Conker Crew! My son liked playing at playgroups but I never enjoyed the experience, then we came here and it so great! Chilled outdoor fun. Chantel is amazing. She brings different stories each week to life and it’s lovely seeing everyone immersed in the story around the park.”
“I love hunting woodland animals with my forest mummy … oh, and stories about poo.”
“Playing in the mud kitchen is great and going on adventures is loads of fun.”
We’ve attended two terms at the Conker Crew and absolutely loved it! Each week is carefully planned out with a fab story and even cooler activities!”
“Conker Crew let me make campfires. I love making campfires.”
“Best class we have attended, Jude my 3 year old loved it. Chantel is so creative and enthusiastic and the forest school activities are fab. Wish we had discovered it sooner!”
“Chantel is fab, she’s energetic and fun and the amount of thought and creativity that go into the sessions blows my mind. I also love that we get to do things we would never do at home, like lighting fires and using tools. Highly, highly, highly recommended!”
“I like everything about the Conker Crew. And Chantel. And marshmallows.”
“Thank you for W’s amazing woodland birthday party this weekend! He and his friends had a fantastic time – with den building, an assault course, piñata and the highlight of the day, fire lighting and campfire cooking. Chantel was super with the children and the activities were well planned out – the kids had a blast!”
“We’ve attended two summer terms at The Conker Crew now and it’s truly the best pre-school activity that we’ve done. Chantel keeps the children fascinated with her stories, adventures and craft activities but there’s enough freedom for them to explore and do their own thing too…”
“My little one has not stopped going on about The Conker Crew – he’s really enjoyed it. I could see how he has gained confidence throughout the weeks too. It’s been a great place to have fun and learn.”
“Everybody BOOK IT! Beautiful and most inspiring playgroup. Fun, professional, educational, inclusive, thoughtful and super sweet. Loved all the many varied activities, especially how the stories magically come to life in the park. Such a fantastic location both in winter and spring, sad we’ll have to miss the summer term. Awesome work Chantel, you’re so talented. Thank you!”
To see more testimonials, check out our reviews page on Facebook here >>
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Contact Conker Crew
Please do get in touch if you’d like to join us, request further information, work with us or even just say ‘Hello’…
If you would like to book a place on a future Conker Crew session, please click here.