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An Outdoor Pre-School following the Forest School Approach

What we offer

As well as our regular Outdoor Pre-School, we can tailor activities to suit your needs, whether you are a school, a nursery, or even if you want a birthday party with a difference.


Our Outdoor Pre-School follows the Forest School Approachand takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 8am to 6pm at Birtley Estate in Bramley, Guildford.

For Schools

A Forest School environment provides a classroom without walls, with space for children to explore, experience, develop their natural curiosity and learn in a practical context.

For Nurseries

Forest Schools help promote young children’s social and emotional development by allowing them to learn how to work with others, listening and sharing ideas.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate the big day, whilst experiencing the beauty of the Surrey Hills. We can provide parties with a bespoke, hands-on adventure for your children and their friends.

Stay and Play

Whether a nanny or childminder looking for something different to do, or a parent who wants to try new activities alongside their children, everyone is welcome at our Stay and Play sessions.

Holiday Clubs

Our Holiday Clubs offer a vast range of activities to keep young children entertained throughout the holidays.

Why choose a Forest School?

A Forest School gives children the hands-on opportunity to learn about their natural environment, whilst allowing them to use their own initiative to solve problems. We see it as being a valuable part of a well-rounded Pre-School experience.
Playing in the mud kitchen
Outdoor fun at Surrey Hills Forest School


Our children, ages 3 and 4, have attended forest school over the summer term and are now at the summer club. Both girls love their time at forest school, they run down the path in the mornings as they are so excited to be there. Lee and his team have provided a fantastic environment for them to explore the woods, play independently and with friends and also to learn new skills.


We love this forest school!  Our son has flourished here, he has speech and language difficulties but the nature of this setting has allowed him to explore his speech abilities without the spotlight of a classroom, in an alternative setting, and he has totally blossomed. Lee has made a wonderful preschool in the forest.  We will be sending our youngest when he’s old enough!


From first contact Lee was friendly, helpful and accomodating, even getting hobnobs for the s’mores to take into account my son’s allergies. On the day I was impressed with how quickly he learnt the children’s names and included all of them; even the shy ones were running around laughing within a few minutes. Thank you for a fantastic party!


Thanks so much to Lee and his wonderful team for a brilliant forest school afternoon on Saturday. 45 excited 8-year olds had an amazing time. Chantry woods are so beautiful and the kids loved the fresh air, freedom and adventure. Can’t recommend it more highly – thanks again.


From the outset, Lee has been extremely focussed and organised, delivering enriching and exciting learning opportunities for the pupils. As a result we are already seeing the pupils improving in their skills such as independence, resilience and communication skills.


Head Teacher, Sandfield Primary School, Guildford


Scenes from our Forest School

Latest Updates

Surrey Hills Forest School


Make every day an adventure at Surrey Hills Forest School. With two rural locations in the rolling Surrey Hills including an Ofsted registered outdoor pre-school, we can tailor activities for schools, nurseries or even a birthday party.

Surrey Hills Forest School

Surrey Hills Forest School

4 days 5 hours ago

Today’s stay and play was a great success. We made bread and cooked it over the fire, having learnt about fire safety and how to build an upside down fire. One of our friends kindly lit the fire for us, using a fire steel.

Surrey Hills Forest School

Surrey Hills Forest School

5 days 7 hours ago

Another great stay and play session. Shadow art is a simple and effective way to encourage children to try using pens and pencils.

Surrey Hills Forest School

Surrey Hills Forest School

1 week 4 days ago

Meet “winky” 😉 a clay creature created by one of our stay and play children. Brand new session today so we’ll done to all who took part. #outdooreducation #forestschool #stayandplay

Ofsted Registered
Surrey Hills Forest School is fully Ofsted Registered and our Leader is a qualified Level Three Forest School Leader with seven years in Early Years childcare.