• Mud Pies Gallery 13

  • Mud Pies Gallery

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

Mud Pies Classes…

Sticks and Stones – classes from birth to 24 months
Mud Pies – classes for 2 to five year olds
We’re Going On A Garlic Bear Hunt – family foraging event

Sticks and Stones

Looking for a morning out in the fresh air with your tot, feeling great after having spent time in a lovely wood? Sticks and Stones is the new activity class in Aberdeen for the under 2s and their adults to have fun in the outdoors. Sessions begin again in April 2016!

Each class at Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen, starts with a 30 minute pushchair walk at adult pace through the woods, followed by an hour of play amongst the trees. The walk gives parents some fresh air whilst the play session encourages children to have fun through exploring and investigating.*

Tuesday mornings – 10 to 11.30am at Hazlehead Park. Meeting point – the little car park/lay by on Groats Road next to the small swing park. Here’s a map!

Spring 2016
Tuesdays 19 April to 24 May (5 weeks)
This class started on 19 April but you can still join in on the remaining 2 weeks – 17, 24 May.
Please note – there is NO class on Tuesday 3 May due to a previous work committment.
Times – 10am to 11.30am
Costs – £10: £5 per child per session – adults go free, payable in advance by session.

Tuesdays 31 May to 28 June (5 weeks)
Times – 10am to 11.30am
Costs – £25:  £5 per child per session – adults go free, payable in advance by session.

Early years education encourages children to experience outdoor spaces in their own way, so this is deliberately a very informal class. Those not yet walking can investigate baskets of natural items such as cones, stones and household objects. Mobile tots collect sticks and stones in little beach buckets, dig in the mud patch, draw with chalk and play with the toy cars and diggers. We also explore in the woods, feeling the bark of trees, touching soft leaves, rolling balls down hills and lots more!

Please bring a snack and drink for your child. The park’s cafe is open too for take away coffees. A temporary changing area will be available at our camp and there are toilets nearby at the golf club house.

* this half hour walk is optional. Feel free to meet us at the woods around 10.30am for an hour of play if the walk is not your kind of thing!

Mud Pies

Outdoor adventures for 24 months to 5 years! Classes run on Mondays and Thursdays. Monday classes are at Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen, with Thursday classes taking place at Countesswells Woods on the westerly outskirts of Aberdeen.

Mondays – Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen
Come and explore a secret wood in Hazlehead Park. Squelch in mud, jump off rocks, climb mountains, make things and find out about wildlife! We meet at the small swing park on Groats Road, towards Hazlehead Academy and the swimming pool. Here’s a map. The park’s cafe is also open for lunch and coffee.

Sibling (10%) and twin (15%) discounts now available – enter “sibling discount” or “twin discount” in the “Coupon code” box on the cart page.

Mondays 18 April to 23 May (5 weeks)
This class started on 18 April but you can still join in on the remaining 2 weeks.
Times – 1pm to 2.30pm. The 10am to 11.30am is fully booked.
Costs – £14 for the remainder of the session. Equivalent to £7 per child per session – adults go free, payable in advance by session.
Click here to book.

Mondays 30 May to 27 June (5 weeks)
Times – 1pm to 2.30pm. The 10am to 11.30am is fully booked.
Costs – £35. Equivalent to £7 per child per session – adults go free, payable in advance by session.
Click here to book.

Thursdays – Countesswells Wood, Aberdeen
From climbing on logs to stomping in mud it’s safe to say we’re going to have fun at Countesswells Wood! Play in the dens, make mud pies, nibble on wood sorrel and find out about wildlife.

Sibling (10%) and twin (15%) discounts now available – enter “sibling discount” or “twin discount” in the “Coupon code” box on the cart page.

Thursdays 21 April to 19 May (5 weeks)
This class started on 21 April but you can still join in on the remaining 2 weeks.
Times – 10am to 11.30am or 1pm to 2.30pm
Costs – £14 for the remainder of the session. Equivalent to £7 per child per session – adults go free, payable in advance by session.
Click here to book.

Thursdays 26 May to 30 June (5 weeks)
Please note – there is NO class on Thursday 23 June due to a previous work committment.
Times – 10am to 11.30am or 1pm to 2.30pm
Costs – £35. Equivalent to £7 per child per session – adults go free, payable in advance by session.
Click here to book.

Please note – the Forestry Commission charges £1.50 to park for up to 3 hours at Countesswells. (You can also buy an annual season ticket for £30 that gives access to several woods in the area that makes things much cheaper. Call their local office on T: 01466 794161 to pay over the phone).


We’re Going On A Garlic Bear Hunt!

Saturday 4 June – 2pm to 4pm
Dunnottar Woods, Stonehaven
Join Claire Jessiman, the Foodie Quine and me for a family wild garlic wander and some hands-on foodie fun in Dunnottar Woods, Stonehaven. We’ll forage for wild garlic, use it to make pesto, light a camp fire and make damper bread and toast marshmallows.

Suitable for age 3+. All adults to be accompanied by at least one child!
Cost – £8 per adult, £8 per child: you need a minimum of two tickets.
Click here to book.

Please come dressed ready to explore – that might mean full waterproofs with sun cream and midgie spray. Wellies and long trousers are a good idea as we’ll come across nettles.

Directions and meeting point – the car park in the middle of the woods. From the A957 (Dunnottar Avenue) turn onto Low Wood Road at the Invercarron Resource Centre not far from the BP garage. Turn left into the woods at the bridge, signed “Dunnottar Church”. Take the left fork (not the one to church) and then left again into the car park. Here’s a map. This is the car park in the middle of the woods, not the car park up by the dual carriageway.

Click here to book.