I’ve been looking at The Outdoors Project for a while – it’s after my own heart.  But until now, my shy ones have resisted my booking them in.  However, with a whole mob booked from their school, plus sleepover friends going along, they were thrilled to be invited to review it.

My girls like nothing better than a camp out and can often be found in our garden making potions or mud pies, building dens or designing fairy houses, so The Outdoors Project is right up our street.

I needn’t have worried – even without school chums there, my girls would have been fine. The Outdoors Project’s play leaders were friendly and welcoming (the man at the Cup Cake Cafe said he gets much joy from watching them being big kids) and very soon had this bunch of 19 playing dodge-ball.  So I could slope off confident that the kids would be happy and well looked after.

The site is huge, with foresty bits, trees, fields, a play park, easy parking and coffee – I grabbed one at the rather lovely Cup Cakes Cafe before it all started and the kids were promised cake and a play in the park after (in case they hadn’t had enough outsiding by two thirty).

While I was off eating noodles and buying furniture in Hove, the kids built camps, made fire, had a picnic, played some ‘tribal’ games and produced a lovely, decorative staff each.  They all adored it and asked to go again.

I spent a few much-needed hours child-free, and they got their wild fix.  The Outdoors project is not just a holiday club – It’s professionals giving the kids a proper adventure and training them in forest school skills. It’s a treat and they’ll remember and look forward to doing again.

What the kids thought:


“Would have been even better with real badgers, foxes and bear cubs.”

“I wish we had longer to play in the dens – can we sleepover?”

“My best bits were making fire and peeling the staff.”

I love the look of the two-hour and full day sessions at The Macs Farm, Ditchling (where my egg group buy our eggs), and my girls will certainly go again.

As well as the holiday club sessions, The Outdoors Project run after school sessions in Brighton and around West Sussex.

I was given free passes for my two daughters for the purpose of this review – thank you to The Outdoors Project – we’ll see you again.