Nature’s Power: To heal and restore

Are you and your family in need of something to ease your minds and reduce the many stresses this pandemic has thrown on us? Then take a step into nature! 

It has been scientifically proven that there is a strong connection between time spent outdoors and the reduction in stress, anxiety and depression. Here at Take2Adventure, we completely agree and are here to provide you with the encouragement to take a step into nature with us.

We are currently experiencing one of the toughest situations this country has faced in many years. Since the coronavirus pandemic struck us, in the beginning of 2020, we have been in and out of lockdowns, forced indoors, barred from activities, sports and hobbies that we heavily rely on for our mental health. Many of us have felt somewhat trapped from the outside world. However, this doesn’t mean that we cannot benefit from the remarkable positive effects of getting outside into green spaces. Last year we experienced a beautiful, warm summer and many of us enjoyed time spent in our gardens at home and local areas, however, as the winter drew in and the air grew colder, we naturally retreated inside. We want to encourage you all to abolish your winter blues, step outside again and cast away any negative mindsets as we welcome the arrival of spring.

Scientists are discovering more and more evidence to support the positive impacts that the outdoors has on our mental health and wellbeing. Nature has a profound impact on our brains and our behaviour, helping to reduce anxiety and stress; increase attention capacity and improve our ability to connect with other people. Studies have shown nature can have huge health benefits such as quickening the health recovery process, reducing blood pressure and also lowering the risk of cancer. Being outside is also proven to improve your mood and boost self-esteem. Just 30 minutes per day, spent outside in green spaces is enough to have a positive impact on your mental health and well being. 

There are lots of hassle-free activities to try out during this current lockdown, whether you are on your own or with your family. We have put together a few of our favourite ideas for you below:

Nature Collecting

It is easy to create a simple nature collection by going out and finding natural items around your garden or local area, like twigs, leaves and pebbles. Why not use some of these items to create a miniature ‘woodland home’. Open up the discussion of animal habitat, survival through the winter months and our impact as humans on our surrounding environment. We would love to see your creations and you can tag us in them via Facebook and Instagram!

Growing Plants

Another activity could be to plant, grow and nurture plants, whether you are an expert gardener already or a complete newbie, you and your family can get your hands dirty planting seeds and watching them grow. Involve grandparents or friends, send them a pack of seeds and have a friendly little competition. You may even be able to grow your own fresh fruit and vegetables to enjoy later in the year!

Nature walks

Walks outdoors are also a great way to get your daily exercise whilst also looking out for wildlife. There is plenty to look out for, even during winter. Can you see any bird or squirrels in the trees? Or animal footprints on the ground? And make sure to keep your eyes peeled for snowdrops and daffodils peeking out of the undergrowth!

Wildlife spotting

You could also encourage more wildlife to visit your garden with handmade bird feeders; fresh water for animals to drink or maybe create a small ‘bug hotel’ with sticks, logs and dead leaves. You might even wish to make a wildlife diary, documenting all the visitors you have visit your garden or wild space.

The coming weeks will see the return of our DIY days. These self-led family sessions have exclusive hire of our 5 acre woodland and are the perfect way to enjoy your own piece of nature, clear your mind of the worries and stresses of this pandemic and most of all have fun. 

We hope that this has brought some new ideas to you and you are able to see some of the many positive benefits nature has on the mind. Stay safe and please keep us updated on the things you get up to by tagging us at @take2adventure

We hope to see you all very soon!

Planting Trees at Hen Peck Wood

This year has been a tough year for many but in this ever-changing modern world, there is one thing we need to ensure is keeping up to speed: our battle against climate change.

In alignment with National Tree Planting Week, 28th November – 6th December, here at Take2Adventure we have been very busy planting trees in our woodland to help tackle the many challenges that UK Woodland is facing and the impacts this modern world is having on our environment. We have been able to do this with help from the Rotary Club of Retford and Sustainable Bassetlaw. 

Take2Adventure is an outdoor education company based in Retford, Nottinghamshire. We offer bespoke adventure programmes for schools and provide access to adventure for all ages and abilities at our private woodland activity base in Laneham, near Retford. It is here that our tree-planting adventure is taking place. We first took on this five acre woodland almost two years ago and it mainly consisted of Ash, Elm and Elder. Now, as we come to a close on 2020, our woodland has taken on a different shape. Alongside our activity equipment, the wood has now become a haven of new wildlife and plants. In the last year, we have planted over 125 new trees, including many pollinator trees for the bees and butterflies. We strive to keep our woodland natural and introduce only native species. 

This winter, we have been honoured to be taking part in Sustainable Bassetlaw’s Tree Planting objectives. Sustainable Bassetlaw are working with the Rotary Club of Retford to commemorate the historic links of the area to the Mayflower Pilgrims of 1620 by seeking to plant 1,620 trees in the Retford area over 2020 and 2021. The tree planting scheme aims to make an increasingly positive contribution to decarbonisation and restore our local environment. The programme is being completed in projects, with ours suitably taking place in National Tree Planting Week, with several Rotarians coming along to help with the planting on Sunday 6th December. All trees are being sourced from local companies, ours coming from Green Mile Trees, Retford. We were gifted 75 trees and chose to plant three native species: Hornbeam, Rowan and Silver Birch. We are confident that this will help diversify our woodland from mature Ash and to tackle ash dieback. Ash dieback is a devastating disease and is estimated to kill around 80% of ash trees across the UK. We hope to avoid total devastation in our woodland by acting now and introducing a wider variety of species. We want to ensure that we are protecting the woodland for future generations, whilst also creating a haven for wildlife. We hope to start to see this in 2021, as we introduce Trail Cams to our woodland to track and record wildlife. Hopefully, the addition of these new trees will attract more wildlife for us to observe and learn about with the children in our activity groups. 

This programme is also beneficial to the environment for one big reason: trees are one of our strongest warriors in our fight against climate change. As they grow, trees absorb and store carbon dioxide emissions from the air and release oxygen into the atmosphere. The UK Government has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050 and in order to do this we need to get 50 million more trees in the ground over the next five years. With our current aims and objectives, and working with other like-minded local people, we are one step closer to achieving this goal and tackling this climate emergency. 

Over the coming years, at Take2Adventure, we hope to continue our education work in our woodland. We believe it is of utmost importance to get children outside in nature and for them to learn the importance of trees and woodland. In addition to our popular woodland based activities, we also take our knowledge and practice into local primary schools. We offer a variety of different school programmes, from Residential Camps to After School Clubs, all with the same aim: to capture children’s imagination and spark curiosity in new adventures. Currently, only 10% of our children have access to outdoor learning and that is why our school programmes are so important because we aim to bring the adventure to you! To find out more about how you can get involved with our school programmes, visit our Schools Adventure page.

DIY Woodland Adventure!

For any of you with young children, trying to socially distance yourself from others whilst keeping the family occupied will be proving rather difficult. Restricting children to their homes for any length of time will no doubt affect their mental and physical health (along with your own!!)

It is proven that time outdoors has massive benefits for everyone and with Covid-19 wreaking havoc on our daily lives it is more important than ever to get some fresh air and freedom. However, with the governments latest advice this can be very difficult to achieve safely.

So, here at Take 2 Adventure we will be providing DIY Woodland Adventure for families.

Safety and prevention of the spread of Covid-19 is still a top priority for us. Any hard surfaces or equipment that is used is fully washed down and sanitised between clients, there will be hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser for you to use on your way in and out of our woodland and we will not be providing refreshments as we normally do, but asking you to bring your own drinks and food.

So for just £9 per hour for up to 6 people you will be able to enjoy exclusive use of our woodland, it will just be you, the trees and of course the wildlife! To keep your family entertained we will be providing use of the following:

  • Exclusive use of our 5 acre woodland
  • Toilet and hand washing facility
  • Mud kitchens
  • Balance trail
  • Den building
  • Campfire

On hand will be lots of laminated guidance notes on activities such as:

  • Mini beast hunt
  • Nature collage
  • Woodland Olympics
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Nature bingo
  • Fun games and much more

You are welcome to bring dogs (if you clean up after them), ball games, picnics, drinks and any other items you think may enhance your children’s time down at the woods.

We will be on site to open up and greet you but please remember, as this is self guided you are 100% responsible for your children and your safety at all times.

All bookings must be made 24 hours in advance.

Candid woodland photography is available during your session by Amy Newton Photography, if you would be interested please contact info@amynewton.co.uk or 07837515695 for the prices and to confirm availability for the day and time you wish to attend. www.amynewton.co.uk

You will be able to book time slots to suit you, the woodland will be open Tuesdays, Friday and weekends from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Unavailable dates/time

Saturday 29th August FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 30th August FULLY BOOKED

Friday 11th September 12.30-4 BOOKED

Saturday 12th September 12.30-4 BOOKED

Saturday 19th September 1.30-4.30 BOOKED

Sunday 20th September FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 4th October 9.30-1.30 BOOKED

Saturday 24th October FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 7th November 2-5 BOOKED

Please complete the form below to select your preferred date and time slot. We will then email confirmation and an invoice for you to make a payment online prior to the day.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact us

October Half Term Activity Days

We are pleased to announce that this October half term we will be running two activity days in our very own private woodland!

Woodland Olympics

A fun way to burn off some energy during the holidays, immerse in nature and get creative! ‘light the torch’ ceremony, woodland javelin, nature medals and more

Where: Hen Peck Wood, Laneham

When: Thursday 24th October 2019

Time: 10am – 3pm

Ages: 6-11 years

Price: £18 per child

 

Adventure Day

An action packed day with a variety of activities; archery, air rifles, bushcraft and much more

Where: Hen Peck Wood, Laneham

When: Friday 25th October 2019

Time: 10am – 3pm

Ages: 6-11 years

Price: £18 per child

Take2Adventure will provide the following:

  • Fully qualified, First Aid trained and DBS checked staff
  • All activities

Parents will provide the following:

  • Suitable clothing (eg. waterproofs and boots/wellies)
  • Packed lunch
  • Drink
  • Most of all excited children

To book your place please complete the form below or for more information email us on take2adventure@gmail.com

Lets Make 2019 BIGGER & BETTER!

The Education Secretary; Damian Hinds is “Urging schools to embrace old fashioned pursuits in the great outdoors to help pupils develop ‘character and resilience’.” (Please find article below).

With this continuous push to get kids away from gadgets, to learn more about themselves through adventurous activities and to develop an understanding and appreciation for nature, Take 2 Adventure have been getting involved with local schools to encourage and promote the importance of outdoor learning.

If your school would like to be a part of our outdoor adventure programmes please click here to see what we can do for you.

Need to know more? Here is a little look back on last year:

We delivered our outdoor provision in a number of schools within and around the Retford area, amounting to:

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We also ran sessions for North Wheatley Beavers, Brownies and Guide Unit and attended public events with our mobile archery range.

‘ditch the gadgets and get outside’

Schools Adventure

OUR AIM

With the rise in digital technology, the lack of green space available and growing fear from parents, the children of today are losing touch with nature. Only 10% of our children currently have access to outdoor learning. If our children grow up disconnected with nature, they won’t fight for it..!

BENEFITS

There are huge benefits to regular outdoor learning. It teaches children critical life skills, encourages resilience and nurtures their creativity. Apart from being great fun, our sessions can also;

  • Increase concentration
  • Improve coordination & motor development
  • Develop patience & adaptability
  • Build self-confidence & self-esteem
  • Enhance safety awareness
  • Promote teamwork, communication skills & problem solving
  • Develop a love for the outdoors

WE OFFER

  • Bushcraft, wilderness & survival skills
  • Target sports – archery & air rifles
  • Stone age Sessions
  • Team building
  • nature activities
  • & much more..!

Our packages run from March to November and we offer a range of activity options to suit all school budgets. The following options are available.

Option 1 – Adventure Day

Our Adventure Days offer the children a chance to enjoy a bespoke selection of activities. Each day can be tailored to suit a specific class or age group and most activities fit into curriculum topics.

Full Day:

Up to 36 children £430

Up to 24 children £335

Up to 12 children £190

(Half days on request)

Option 2 – Activity Day

Our Activity Days are a great option for tight budgets. One instructor delivers a 45-60 minute session of an activity of your choosing. Groups of 6-10 children will rotate on this activity throughout the day.

Full Day: £150          Half Day: £80

Option 3 – Overnight Adventure Camp

For a more challenging, realistic adventure we run our Overnight Adventure Camp, which will be set up on school premises. We provide all the tents, equipment and food, all you need to do is supply some excited children!

£45 per child Monday-Friday camp

£50 per child Friday-Saturday camp

Option 4 – After School Clubs (Sept-Oct & Feb-Apr)

We offer our After School Clubs for up to 12 pupils. We can deliver a range of activities during the programme or we can work progressively on one activity.

£50 per hour (+25p per mile over 15 miles)

Option 5 – School Holiday Activities

We run our own Holiday Activities in various locations, however, if you would like us to run a holiday activity at your school contact us below.

£16 per child – Adventure Day

£45 per child – Overnight Adventure Camp

We are also available for PPA cover and can discuss this to suit your needs.

For more information on any of the above contact us via the form below or give us a call on 01777949781

Laura 07972830887

Stuart 07951139980

Adventure For All – blog post

Our mobile adventure company offers bespoke outdoor learning and adventures for all.

#BRINGINGTHEADVENTURETOYOU

WE OFFER

  • Bushcraft, wilderness & survival skills
  • Target sports – archery & air rifles
  • Team building
  • Nature activities
  • & much more..!

Our packages run from March to November and we offer a range of activity options to suit all budgets and time. The following options are available.

Adventure Day

Our Adventure Days offer children a chance to enjoy being children; having fun whilst learning in nature. Our adventure days run at a variety of locations click here for more information

Overnight Adventure Camp

For a more challenging, realistic adventure we run our Overnight Adventure Camp, which will be set up at a local campsite just outside of Retford. We provide all the tents, equipment and food, all you need to do is supply some excited children! Click here for more information.

Private Bookings

We offer our private bookings for all of the activities listed above. All you have to do is source a suitable location; village hall, large garden, sports field etc and we will come to you!

Price upon enquiry. Click here for contact details.

Events

Our mobile archery and air rifle range is also a great addition to any school fair, summer fete, charity day and fundraisers.

For more information on any of the above click here or give us a call on 01777949781

Laura 07972830887

Stuart 07951139980

December Guided Walk – Sunday 30th December

Our guided walks offer you the chance to explore and experience what our countryside has to offer; with the confidence of knowing you are in safe hands. We will show you some amazing viewpoints and help you step out of that 9-5 routine and challenge yourself to achieve more. Our walks vary in distance so there is always something to suit all abilities: These varying levels are designed to accommodate all fitness abilities and experience and we always try to end our walks with tea and cake or a pint!

Sunday 30th December – Whitwell, Nottinghamshire

Where: Circular walk from Whitwell (near Worksop)

Distance: 10 miles (16 km)

Start: 9.30am – Whitwell village (free parking)

£12pp

A circular walk starting in the local village of Whitwell, just 20 minutes from Retford. The walk will move out of the village to the open fields, (there are a significant number of styles as we leave Whitwell and these unfortunately are not dog friendly) the tracks thereafter are good and the route varied; fields (a little muddy) beautiful woodland, grounds of Welbeck estate and lunching within the historic crags of Creswell.

For more information or to book your place please email Take2Adventure@gmail.com

Note: limited to 12 people

November Guided Walk

It has been a year now since our first official Take 2 Adventure ‘Guided Walk’ and what a fab year it has been thank you to all those that have been a part of our walks come rain or shine! A very big well done to all those who braved the October walk! Hats off to you, that was the wettest walk I have done in a very long time. As I write this the sun is shining and skies are blue, so fingers crossed we can have some of this fresh crisp autumnal weather for the next guided walk on Sunday 18th November.

Sunday 18th November – Peak District

Where: Bakewell and Monsal Dale

Distance: 12 miles (18.5km)

Start: 9am – Bakewell Bridge Carpark, Coombs Road DE45 1AQ

£12pp

A circular walk starting in the beautiful town of Bakewell heading over to Monsal Dale passing by villages of Over Hadden and Sheldon before returning to the start point via Magpie Mine, Monsal Head Viaduct and the River Wye. A fab walk, easy terrain and not very hilly so do not be put of by the distance as we will be on good paths and river tracks for nearly all the way.

For more information or to book your place please complete the form below.

 

Private Bookings

We also offer private bookings for up to 6 people, these can be tailored to suit you group’s abilities, aims and goals.

To book or register your interest, please fill in the contact form below with your name, number of participants, date of activity and contact phone number. You will then be emailed a payment invoice to secure your places.

 

 

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October Half Term Adventure Day

After a number of successful school holiday ‘Adventure Days’ we have decided to run another day this October half term holiday.

We will be stepping it up with a selection of new activities to learn and develop existing ‘outdoor’ skills and most importantly have fun.

Activities on offer will be as follows;

  • Air rifles
  • Archery
  • Team Building
  • Bushcraft
  • Fun challenges and games

 

Take2Adventure will provide the following:

  • Fully qualified, First Aid trained and DBS checked staff
  • All activities

Parents will provide the following:

  • Drink
  • Packed lunch
  • Snacks
  • Waterproof coat and trousers
  • Warm clothes
  • Hat and gloves
  • Wellies or walking boots (trainers if the weather is fine and warm but walking boots would be preferred)

 

Ages: 6-12 years

Location: Goachers Farm, Wood Lane, North Wheatley, DN22 9BG

Date: Thursday 1st November

Time: 10am-3pm

Price: £16 per child

 

To book your place or for more information email us on take2adventure@gmail.com

Please be aware there are only 20 spaces so book early to avoid disappointment.