Beach School

You have seen the word school and are scared aren’t you?

Don’t be.

The Fore/adventure summer scheme is definitely not something you will have to fight your little humans to get up for in the morning. Promise.

With back to schools imminent, we have just said goodbye to our last gaggle of beach schoolers and Fore/adventures first round of school for adventurers.  

Days at beach school are spent in the footsteps of what seems like an Enid Blyton classic (with some added and obligatory Fore/adventure bite of course). It’s filled with an exploration of our local playground of cliffs, shore, sea, beach, woods and heathland.

Our teams of adventurers become permissibly feral for a few days, learning the ins and outs of this coastal place we luckily get to call home. Through stimulating experiences and using all the senses, we always aim to show how great the outdoors really is. That way our relationship with it becomes positively positive and we become shiny happy people along the way.

And we reckon we have a good recipe for it too…

Exploring what the ground has to offer us we foraged our way round the Fore/adventure hutquarters, learning the summer fruits and seeds and how to identify them- collecting the weird and wonderful as we went. With our harvest we provided ourselves with the material to get our craft hats on and made enviable wind chimes out of nature (while snacking on some self-foraged natural treats to keep our bellies ticking over).

Armed with nets and buckets we hit the local rock pools and checked out the creatures and critters that inhabit them before getting into the water itself and exploring the life above and below it, donning our snorkels and wetsuits.

With the kayak as our trusty steed we learned the ways of the water and how to respect it, as well as how to kayak well (which inevitably means making a raft out of the fleet!). From here, once the basics are covered, we adventure along our iconic coastline, investigating the stacks, arches and caves of Old Harry like pirates have done before us. With this as our launching pad we are able to get to know the local sea plant life, the sea vegetables and sea weeds, learning the spear leaved orache from the gutweed and the sea beet from the sea lettuce. One pair of adventurers treated their grandparents to some foraged fried seaweed after a day on the water with us!

Back on dry land we sharpened our tools and got sawing, whittling and carving our very own walking sticks. And this was all topped off with some fire making!

Yep, this is a school like no other. A school where you learn how to interact with and make the most of what’s around us. Where getting wet and muddy is part of the course and where the only homework is to cook up for the big humans what was foraged in the day.

Next August it will be happening all over again. If you want your small humans to be part of this in the summer of 2015 then drop us a bell and we’ll make sure they get to be part of the Fore/adventure tribe.