Calendar of Activities

January 2017
Sunday 1stWassailingSinging, decorate fruit trees
Sunday 1stNew YearHogmanay: Story of calendars
Friday 6thTwelfth Night - EpiphanyEnd of Christmas: Wise men: burn the tree
Thursday 19th 19:45Quiz NightMayor of Waverley's quiz night at The Donkey, Tilford
Saturday 28thChinese New YearYear of the Rooster. Lanterns & Fire crackers; red envelopes filled with cash are given to loved ones for good luck
February 2017
Tuesday 14thSt. Valentine's DayAll about love. Make hearts, chocs, give cards
Tuesday 14thNest Box weekMake & put up boxes for birds & other wild-life
Monday 27thFair Trade Fortnight Food sources & production
Tuesday 28thShrove TuesdayPancake making
March 2017
Wednesday 1stSt David's DayPatron saint of Wales. History; Eisteddfod activities - poetry, story -telling, dancing
Thursday 2ndWorld Book DayImportance of reading. look at new books being published
Monday 13thCommonwealth DayTreasure hunt 54 countries
Friday 17thSt Patrick's DayPatron Saint of Ireland. History; poetry, story-telling, dancing
Saturday 18th 19:30Mayor of Waverley's Barn DanceDance the night away and raise money for Change of Scene
Sunday 19thPoultry DayCelebrate the whole range of domestic feathered friends that are raised for their meat and eggs
Monday 20thWorld Story Telling DayOral telling of stories, fables and folk lore
Monday 20thStart of Spring Bird watching, nesting: flowers: lambing (if poss)
Tuesday 21stWorld Poetry DayRead, recite, create poems
Tuesday 21stWorld Forestry DayVisit Alice Holt,tree identification, habitat, recreation, benefits, timber
Wednesday 22ndWorld Day for WaterWater - act out precipitation: power, need, use, seas, etc
Sunday 26thMothering SundayCard & present making
Sunday 26thBST - Spring ForwardChanging clocks - history
April 2017
Saturday 1stApril Fool's DaySilly stories: funny pranks
Saturday 1stNational Pet Month Focus on animal care
Sunday 2ndChildren's Book DayReading stories - Hans Christian Anderson
Friday 7thWorld Health DayImportance of good food for healthy & happy lives
Sunday 16thEasterPainting eggs: Decorating Easter tree
Friday 21stQueen’s BirthdayRoyalty & ceremony
Saturday 22ndEarth DayEnvironment: hands on gardening
Sunday 23rdSt. George's DayPatron Saint of England; history, flag, act out the story
Saturday 29thInternational Dance Day Dancing all sorts
Saturday 29thRSPCA Week Fund raise: visit rescue centre
Saturday 29thWorld Make a Wish Day Something that we can make come true
May 2017
Monday 1stScreen free weekTurn off TV & electronic games. Play board/outdoor games, quizzes, puzzles, hunts, stories, music, dance, paint, cooking, crafts, origami, sew, knit, woodwork
Monday 1stMay Day - Maypole Oak Make garlands, dance, picnics
Monday 15thNational Vegetarian |Week Recipes, how & what to eat healthily
Monday 15thNational Smile month Learn the poem. Reinforce oral hygiene
Monday 29thOak Apple Day or Royal Oak DayMake costume of oak leaves - Story Charles II, restoration of the monarchy
June 2017
Thursday 1stNational Volunteers' WeekCelebrate contribution made
Sunday 4thInternational Day of Innocent Children Consider the plight of others around the world
Monday 5thWorld Environment Day Awareness. Tap into alternative energy sources and what input, however, small we can all make
Thursday 8thWorld Oceans Day Marine environment - watch Blue Planet other marine themes
Monday 12thNational Bike WeekBike rides in the forest if bikes are available
Wednesday 14thWorld Blood Donor Day Just a mention to explain what fantastic people exist
Sunday 18thFather's DayCard & present making
Monday 19thLearning Disability WeekAwareness of others difficulties
Wednesday 21stStart of SummerHoney making
July 2017
Saturday 22ndNational Moth Weekcelebrate the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths
August 2017
Monday 21stFun FortnightVisits to the seaside, nature reserves, go-karting, Laser Quest, museums and much much more. To sponsor an activity or donate tickets, etc. please contact Sue Weaver. Tel. 01252 794960 or e-mail (
September 2017
Friday 1stFruit harvesting blackberries apples, sloes, plumsPie making: Jam Making: apple juicing/cider making, throughout Sept
Monday 25thNational Recycle Now WeekPractical - all materials + compost
October 2017
Friday 6thNational Badger Day All about the Badger Trust and go on local badger watch
Tuesday 31stHalloweenUses "humour and ridicule to confront the power of death" Decorate House: Spider webs Pumpkin lanterns: pumpkin pie bob apples, flour mountains.
November 2017
Wednesday 1stAll Saints Day/ All Hallowsremember all those who've died
Sunday 5thGuy Fawkes - Bonfire nightCollecting wood: building bonfire: designing Guy: fireworks
Thursday 30thSt Andrew's DayPatron Saint of Scotland; history, traditions; art shows, country dancing, storytelling, reciting poems, traditional food & bagpipe-playing!
December 2017
Sunday 3rdAdvent Sunday - Christmas beginsHolly & Ivy collection. Garland making: decorating house and tree: making presents, clove oranges: dried flowers, etc.
Monday 25thChristmas Day
Tuesday 26thBoxing Day

Continuous activities

Sowing seeds + planting: poly-tunnel, cold frame, in ground. Bluebell glade
Chickens + ducks:
collecting eggs
feeding , gainng their confidence and trust
walking, grooming, feeding
grooming, feeding
stable management, grooming, mucking out, care of field, exercising, feeding, health, farrier’s visits, etc.
history of Mangalitzas, Tamworth, Middle White (photos of those now gone) what pigs are usually used for: bristles: brushing and feeding
learning all about honey, making & painting hives, candle making, uses of wax, pollination, frame making, skep making, uses in recipes, honey extraction
song and bird identification: doves, bird table, feeding: different types of feeder: field – pheasants, barn owl, tawny owl, kingfisher, etc.
Wild animals:
hides, night watch with infra-red cameras: foxes, badgers, deer, voles, shrews, rats, mice, grass snakes
Pond + stream:
animal habitat and water plants
no fish – but pond dipping for newts,
Night sky:
star-gazing and recognition
general care, animals, home
bread, meals, cakes, biscuits
varied recipes, juicer, blender
solar, wind power, recycling, water conservation
bird & bat boxes, solitary bee nests, bird feeders, bird tables, hutches & runs
 spinning, weaving, making decorations
Health & Safety:
fire, electricity, hygiene, security, trip hazards, water (pond & stream), chemicals (cleaning materials, medicines, paints, etc), aerosols & ventilation, gas
Alice Holt:
Go Ape in the forest
hammocks, den building, trampoline, tree climbing, hide, camping & camp fires
Non-tech games:
quoits, Diablo, plate spinning, croquet, boules, cricket, football, basket ball, rounders, grass reed blowing, goose-grass, plantain shooters, hopscotch hoola-hoops, mono-cycle, bike riding, face-painting, painting, wood-work
Off-site activities:
August – fun fortnight to seaside, open-air museums, castles, bowling, cinema, zoo, hawk conservancy, canal boat, pub visits, forest treks, farm visits, etc

“Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye”

Helen Keller