Wilderness Wood has been one of our favourite family go to places for nearly 10 years now. Over that time we’ve seen a lot of changes. The woodland is currently owned by the Morrish Family who aim to create a space where adults and children can learn together. In the last 2 years since the Morrish family bought the woods we’ve noticed positive changes including play equipment integrated into the forest and popular workshops bringing a new vibrancy to the setting as a whole.There are several enterprises now based at Wilderness Wood including Lucy’s Little Forest School, Andy Coates’ woodland products and Rachel’s Wilderness Cafe. In this post I will mention features of Rachel’s Wildreness Cafe but I will predominantly write from the point of view of a family visiting Wilderness Woods for a play, explore and picnic. Wilderness Wood lies of the A272 in the village of Hadlow Down, near Buxted and Uckfield. There is ample on site parking although during busy periods finding a space may require a couple of circuits of the parking area. I would always recommend taking wellies and warm clothing, the trails and play areas are often very muddy especially through Winter and Spring. You may want a change of clothes for little ones, especially if they may be tempted to get really stuck into the Mud Kitchen! Wilderness Wood is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday 9am-5pm. There is not an entry fee as such, but rather a request that you pay as you feel for each visit. I urge you to keep in mind that these donations contribute significantly to the costs of keeping the woods open to the public. Visitor donations are spent on path maintenance, fencing and play equipment. We always try to buy hot drinks and snacks from the cafe and donate our change and an additional note as our entry fee. Camping, BBQ pitches, workshops and forest school classes are all charged at their own rates. Arriving at the woods always feels magical and exciting. The cafe greets you setting the scene as a fairytale wonderland. Set in an old barn and decorated with fairylights the cafe has a Hansel and Gretal feel about it and always looks cosy and inviting.
The children usually run down the hill straight to the area where play equipment has been blended into the woodland environment. The favourite is the giant swing. Our children can easily spend half an hour on this alone…and it’s big enough for the grown ups to join in too! The perfect opportunity to remind the kids that Mum and Dad are always young at heart! here, Christmas is a particularly special time to visit. Please let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the place, especially if we’ve inspired you to visit! Maybe we’ll even see you there..