Home Education Group

Child-led outdoor learning based nr Exeter

All year round term time outdoor learning sessions designed exclusively for those that are home educated, using seasonal termly themes with an emphasis on learning through play and nature connection. We are conveniently based in beautiful woodland at Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, near Exeter.

Next term dates

Spring Half Term 2020

Every Monday from 20th January – 10th February (4 week term)


Spring Half Term 2 2020

Every Monday from 24th February – 23rd March (5 week term)

How Much Does It Cost?

Single day 9.30am – 3.00pm

First child – £30 a day per child
Sibling rate – £27 a day per child

How do I book?

“Check availability” to be taken to the website calendar and book the date(s) you require. (If you are booking a number of dates, please contact us as we can send you a link to make a “block booking”) Please note that online booking will close at least 48 hours before the day so do book well in advance.


What others have to say...

  • We all really enjoyed our time in the woods. I was struck how calm all the children seemed around the camp fire and what great opportunities for cooperative play they had. I also thought the planned activities were wonderful and pitched at the right level. So we, too, came away feeling enthusiastic.

  • Thank you so much for our trip today. We had a fantastic day and I am sure the children will be talking about it for weeks to come! The trip was so well organised and I was very impressed with your grasp of their names so quickly.

    Teacher from Education Group visit

  • “The A Touch of the Wild team are organised, adaptable and fun. After the first time with them, we were hooked! They have enriched the pupil experience for the last 3 years and we look forward to our annual visit.”

    Ilsington Primary School

  • The site was even better than last year. The children particularly enjoyed the nets and tree house and the marshmallows and hot chocolate. The teachers felt the led activities were valuable and we will definitely book again. Many thanks to all the staff.

    Exeter Cathedral School, May 2017

  • “We had a truly wonderful day in the woods with A Touch of the Wild. It was an incredibly valuable experience for the children’s learning but also allowing them to learn in a play based way. Have already recommended you to friends and colleagues! Thank you for a fantastic day.”

    Ide Primary School

  • We were all very impressed with our visit to the woods, the activities were well matched and the children had a wonderful time telling all their grown ups and the school in our class assembly.

  • Hannah and her team are organised, adaptable and fun. After the first time with them, we were hooked! They have enriched the student experience for the last 3 years and we look forward to our annual visit.

What we do

Our Home Education Group is an outdoor learning setting in beautiful woodland at Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, near Exeter. Aimed at children aged 6 to 13 years, our sessions are designed exclusively for those that are home educated. This a child-led session that allows children to develop self-esteem and self-confidence through positive interactions and project based learning.

A typical day in camp

Each day will have a focus of activities for children to get involved in, including:

  • Campfire cooking
  • Wood carving and whittling
  • Archery
  • Den building and construction
  • Woodland art
  • Crafts and sculpting
  • Bushcraft skills and nature awareness
  • Tracking and watching wildlife
  • Wild food foraging including what wild foods are safe to ea

Term time, all year round

Running inline with school term times, our Home Education Group runs every Monday from 9:30 to 15:00. See the availability on our events page for more information.

And very safe!

Our experienced forest school leaders are on hand to provide a safe learning environment, whilst encouraging independence and creativity, and providing opportunity for mindfulness. All staff are qualified group leaders, first aid trained and DBS checked.