You can read information about our Covid-19 procedures for day visits here. Please do not come to Suntrap if you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self isolate due to contact with someone with Covid-19. We will offer you an alternative date. On arrival everyone will have their temperature checked.
You may bring younger or older children with a primary school aged child, but please remember activities are aimed at primary aged children, with a maximum of three children per adult. There is no charge for under 4-year olds.
Currently we’re only taking individual family bookings for those living in the same household of no more than six individuals.
To book please contact us. We will send you a booking form. Once we receive the booking form, we will send an invoice along with instructions for payment to secure your places.
If it is necessary for you to cancel or amend your booking, please inform Suntrap in writing as soon as possible. Cancellations or amendments will only be in place once Suntrap has responded to your request.
In addition to natural play, exploration and outdoor games, children will take part in a range of activities throughout the year in the forest or in our grounds, such as den building, fire lighting, pond dipping, wild art, natural crafts and following trails. Individual activities will be chosen depending on time of year, weather and the children’s interests.
We recommend a waterproof coat and trousers, wellies or walking boots for the majority of the year. We do have a few spare trousers and coats and lots of wellies that can be borrowed from the centre.
You are welcome to bring snacks, but remember we will be out in the forest lots of the time, without any hand washing facilities available until be return to Suntrap at the end of the session.
Please arrive at Suntrap between 9.45 and 10am as the session will begin promptly at 10am. From 10.15am onwards, it is likely that we will be in the forest. If you miss the arrival time unfortunately, we cannot wait for you to start our first activity.
Sorry you can't stay on site after the session, as we may have school groups using the site. However if you are looking for somewhere to eat there are a number of cafes and pubs locally, such as: public toilets at High Beach, The Kings Oak Cafe, The Original Tea Hut, The Acorn Tea Hut, The Owl Pub. Alternatively, take a picnic into the forest (remembering to take your rubbish home with you).
The sessions will run regardless of the weather - please make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. In high winds we would not use the woodland but have plenty of activities that we can do in our grounds or handling animals in our building.
If the weather makes it difficult to get to Suntrap then a decision may be made to cancel a session, we will contact you at the earliest opportunity and book you onto another session of your choice in lieu.
One adult and one child.
Yes we have bicycle stands available, and would encourage you to arrive by bike. The forest has many safe traffic free paths on which you can cycle.
There is limited on- site parking at Suntrap, but we would encourage you to come on foot or bike. Click here for routes to Suntrap from Chingford or Loughton stations.