Wildside Activity Centre

Wildside Activity Centre


Do you know that it is Hedgehog Awareness Week? If you want to do your bit to help these incredible creatures, here are two simple things you can do:
1. if you have a garden, make sure there are gaps in the fences so hedgehogs can travel through. Hedgehogs travel about 2km each night looking for food so they need a wide area to explore. A small hole 13cm x 13cm will do.
2. Make an undisturbed log pile for food and shelter - it doesn't have to be too big.
And always remember to be very careful mowing and strimming your garden - especially the first of the year as you could be disturbing spots where hedgehogs may be hiding.
You could learn more about our spikey friends in our Helping Hedgehogs session during the forthcoming May half-term holiday programme. https://bit.ly/388C5eK
Thanks to your generosity, we are close to reaching the target for our BigGive Match Fund campaign which ends tomorrow. There’s still time if you would like to help us make a difference to the people and communities of Wolverhampton. Remember if you donate by midday tomorrow 29th April, every £ you donate will be matched by the Big Green Fund, so there’s twice the reason to show your support! Go to: https://bit.ly/3v6qu7A
Sometimes the simplest pleasures in life are those that are free of charge. It doesn't cost us anything to appreciate the beauty of nature, and simply taking a quiet moment to see what is all around us can be beneficial in so many ways
We keep these on board as a reminder of what to do when we go under a low bridge or tunnel... If you would like to help us continue providing narrowboat trips and a host of other activities to the local community, our Spring fundraising campaign is now live! All donations made this week will be doubled thanks to the generosity of Go to https://bit.ly/3v6qu7A for details. One Donation Twice the Impact... ('Duck!')
We believe that respecting the natural environment and all its inhabitants in the way we live and behave, is a duty fundamental to us all. As a community organisation, we strive to be , but there was something in the colour of these flowers this morning that seemed to resonate with the current global situation. We hope you enjoy their apolitical beauty as much as we do.
Our BigGive Green Match Fund page is now open . Of course we’d love you to help us continue what we do, but our ethos is based firmly on enhancing emotional health and wellbeing and we don’t want anyone feeling they should be supporting us if it would be a stretch of their own finances and cause anxieties elsewhere. So if you can offer your support that’s great, if not why not come along to Wildside and see how we can support you. The BigGive Green Match Fund - double your support for Wildside. https://bit.ly/3v6qu7A
Can you call it a busman's holiday if you're on a narrowboat? Enjoying a trip on the UK's tallest aquaduct. Great hosting from Canal & River Trust
"Even though the needs of some of our members are quite complex, the staff are accommodating and clearly have a passion to make their site accessible to all. The sessions they run are fun and informative, connect members with nature and their local community, and help develop interests and skills." Help us carry on the incredible work we do by donating to our BigGive Green Match Fund campaign which opens on 22.04.22 https://bit.ly/3v6qu7A
As a thank you for all the hard work they put in over the year, our volunteers had the chance to step back and enjoy the slower pace of life by taking a specially chartered trip on our narrowboat recently. If you'd like to find out more about volunteering at Wildside go to: https://bit.ly/3jEZOFI
Going green this April will have double the benefits. During our Spring fundraising campaign, any donations made to Wildside will be matched £ for £. So, for every £ donated we will benefit by £2 thanks to the support from the BigGive Green Match Fund. Our donations page opens in just three days time so watch this space! https://bit.ly/3v6qu7A
With so many important festivals and faith days taking place this month and this past weekend in particular, Wildside is proud to be part of the rich and diverse community that is Wolverhampton!

Wildside Activity Centre seeks to serve its immediate neighbourhood and the whole City of Wolverhamp

Operating as usual


Maps and Trails - learn some map reading skills then put them to good use finding the orienteering symbols round the centre. Pre - booking required. Phone 01902 845612 to book your space


Want to get your wheels turning smoothly and safely? We have a free Dr Bike (minor repairs) and security marking session here on Sat 26th 10-2pm. NO need to book as we will deal on a first come first serve basis (there may be a waiting time if everyone turns up at once).

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 18/08/2023

Looking forward to being part of today's with Darren Eden Communities here at The Crafty Gardener . We're sure the weather is going to brighten up so come along and join us

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 15/08/2023

Despite the weather our summer holiday programme is really hotting up! There's still time to book on some of our activities - go to https://bit.ly/44sanBg to find out more

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There's still time to join in the fun with our teddy bear play and stay session on 22 August https://bit.ly/44sanBg


Join Eden Project Communities at the 2nd of this 4-date roadshow, bringing The Big Lunch to Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, continuing with The Crafty Gardener, on Friday 18 August 2023, 12-3pm.

Each centre will host their own Big Lunch, between July and September, to showcase their projects as well as supporting partners and other linked organisations.

Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/36azuwdh

Following Big Lunch tradition, we will be asking everybody to bring something to the table, and contributing a little something ourselves as we share friendship, food and fun.

There’ll be lots of family-friendly activities, like seed sowing, taking cuttings and herbal teas, to connect you with each other and The Reans as you get to know the people and projects playing a part in our community.

We'll be encouraging you to get crafty and have partner organisations, as well as this awesome foursome, on site showcasing how they work together and with us.

Whether you’re an organisation or an individual, this is a great opportunity to bring together and shine a light on some of this region’s community-spirited fine folk.

So, let’s make more good stuff happen in the Reans!

The Crafty Gardener Wildside Activity Centre Gatis Community Space


One person's junk is another person's treasure! Come along to our Waste Whatnots session on 17 August to discover what amazing creations you can dream up using the things that we normally just throw away Details of all our summer programme activities can be found here: https://bit.ly/44sanBg


The fairytale folk are getting ready to move back into the woods at Wildside. Join us on Wednesday 10-12 to make a miniature den, the only limit is your imagination. Phone the office to book your place 01902 754612.

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The Teddy Bears have been planning a few activities ready for the fantastic Teddy Bear Play and Stay session in Wildside's woods on 22nd August. Why not come along with your Teddy and see what adventures you get up to... there'll even be time for a picnic! https://bit.ly/44sanBg

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 28/07/2023

The rather unseasonal weather almost put a stop to our recent beer tasting boat trip. But thanks to the generosity of Marston's Brewery At Wolverhampton Holden's Brewery Ltd and Brains beer and the expertise of Master Brewer Richard Westwood, the afternoon was far from a washout! If a beer tasting boat trip sounds appealing, keep a look out for details of our Christmas programme.... warming winter ales anyone?

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 16/07/2023

A great last day for the exhibition. We asked you to tell us in three words 'What nature means to me' and our wildness to wellness nature tree is full of your amazing answers. We can't wait to put all your responses on to our website and share them. Thank you to Creative Black Country and everyone who came along to support our event . Look out for future events at www.wildsideac.co.uk


Great to see one of our volunteer artists come and see his work being shown as part of our exhibition at The Mander Community Hub

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Mark by coming along to Wildside Activity Centre Sounds of Green in Black exhibition taking place today at the Mander Centre Commun Hub. The exhibition explores how the people and communities of the Back Country engage with the nature of their doorstep

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A great first day at the exhibition. Thanks to Creative Black Country for their support. We're at the ManderCentre until 16 July. Come along and say hello.


🚴FREE BIKE CHECKS! Dr Bike will be running sessions in Queen Square today at 11am until 2pm.
Qualified mechanics will check your bike, carry out minor repairs and provide advice. No need to book, but if demand is high, you may need to wait.
Further sessions: Queen Square, 11am-2pm: 17th July, 24th July, 31st July, 7th August.

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 08/07/2023

Great be part of today's celebration of the Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve alongside the Friends of the Smestow Valley, Gatis Community Space Canal & River Trust Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust and more...

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 06/07/2023

Hands up if you’re looking for something amazing to do this summer! Why not come along to Wildside Activity Centre where there’s a host of activities that allow you to explore the nature that’s all around you. Details of our holiday programme can be found here: https://bit.ly/44sanBg

Please phone to book your places. Tel: 01902 754612


Wildside is holding an exhibition of our volunteers' work. Sounds of Green in Black which has been funded by Creative Black Country features photographs and sound recordings of the nature on our doorstep here in Wolverhampton. You will also be able to hear interviews with local residents telling the stories of how they engage with nature. Sounds of Green in Black runs from Thursday 13th- Sunday 16th July at The Community Hub, Mander Centre, WV1.


Are you feeling lucky? Would you like to be in with a chance of winning an amazing prize? Wildside has signed up to Community Lottery to help raise much needed funds and support the work we do here at the centre. So why not try your luck safe in the knowledge you are also helping an amazing cause. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3XhQJ8I

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 03/07/2023

So after an incredible session involving leaf dye (Hapa-zome) last week our Little Explorers made some amazing clay creatures (and some of the parents enjoyed getting involved on the log stepping stones as well!). So what will our forest school inspired learners be doing today? Check in later this week to find out.

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 21/06/2023

Take our Little Explorers quiz. Our young learners recently enjoyed a session in which they tried their hands at Hapa-zome, but what does Hapa-zome mean? a) parachute wave b) leaf dye c) water play

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 14/06/2023

The colour and light reflections on our ponds created an incredible natural gallery today


Are you looking for something special to do on Father's Day? How about being a Narrowboat Captain for the day? Try your hand at steering the boat and see how many questions you can answer on our Nautical themed quiz. For details go to https://bit.ly/3p2rFG8 or call 01902 754612 to book your place.

Expo gives chance to learn more about volunteering opportunities 09/06/2023

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Wildside Activity Centre stand at the Wolverhampton Volunteers Expo on Tuesday. The event received some great coverage in the Express & Star bit.ly/3Cmnqbo (apologies for the pic of the strange looking man holding a narrowboat!)

Expo gives chance to learn more about volunteering opportunities It was a day to learn, to inform and to take up opportunities about volunteering.


Looking forward to being part of Wolverhampton Volunteers Volunteer Expo today. Come along to the Civic Centre in Wolverhampton to find out about the range of volunteering opportunities in the city

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 06/06/2023

Samosas, certificates and several rounds of quizzing - a fantastic day celebrating with some of our volunteers as part of . It was just a small thank you for everything our volunteers do for Wildside Activity Centre . It was especially pleasing to be able to say a huge thanks to Chris who has been volunteering with us for 15 years! So well done Chris Pritchard and all your fellow


There are a few places left on our "Proud of our City" boat trip. There will be live music and light refreshments along the way. Feel free to bring your own bottle with you. This trip is for ALL members of our local community to enjoy a fun trip along the canal. Please phone 01902 754612 to book your trip.


A wonderful holiday boat trip in the sunshine was made particularly special today as we hosted our oldest passenger to date. Leslie, aged 92 came along with his niece for the return trip to Wightwick. From what he told us Leslie thoroughly enjoyed his first ever trip on a narrowboat which is proof, if ever it was needed, that you're never too mature to try new things.


Volunteers' Week 1-7 June is a chance to thank volunteers for the fantastic contribution they make nationally and to celebrate the role they play in organisations and communities around the country. We couldn't do what we do here Wildside Activity Centre without the help of our volunteers. So this week - and every week of the year - we want to say, thank you for everything you do.


Just two days to go... are you ready to meet Socks?


Some people say odd, but we we say unique, amazing, incredible! Come and meet the latest member of the Wildside team who'll be here next Friday telling you how you can make your very own 'unique' companion! bit.ly/3Mx5DTR


Something's 'afoot' at Wildside! We're all getting ready for next week's holiday activity programme, and one visitor in particular is getting rather excited for next Friday... https://bit.ly/3Mx5DTR


Wildside has signed up to Wolverhampton's latest community initiative to help raise much needed funds and support the work we do here at the centre. Wolverhampton Community Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in Wolverhampton. Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 a week 60% of which goes to your chosen good cause ( which we hope will be Wildside!) and each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week - the top prize being £25,000! So if you want to be in with a chance of winning a weekly prize whilst helping Wildside, then go to https://bit.ly/3WrU5Wv to find out more.


We are looking for someone to move a small shed for us from Penn to Whitmore Reans. We will dismantle, load and off load so it is literally just moving it for us. The biggest panel is 7ft x 8ft. If you have a van large enough please can you leave your contact details and I will get in touch with you on Monday. Thanks very much


“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing–absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” This much used quote from Wind in the Willows may be over 100 years old, but we still believe it still rings true today. Come and see if you agree. Our May Bank Holiday activity programme has three canoeing sessions for you to try out. Go to https://bit.ly/3Mx5DTR for information and booking details


Bookings have now closed.

What 'batter' way to mark National Fish & Chip day than to take a pleasant trip down the relaxing waterways of our canal network and stopping off to enjoy a portion of Britain's favourite takeaway. Our Fish & Chip boat trip leaves the '(had)-dock' on Saturday 27th May and anyone worth their salt (and vinegar) should be on it! For more details go to: https://bit.ly/3IG0Y0L

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 16/05/2023

Wednesday 17th May is National Numeracy Day. Numeracy skills involve understanding numbers by counting, solving number problems, measuring, estimating, sorting, noticing patterns, or adding and subtracting numbers, Nature provides lots of fun examples for you to help build these skills - make a guess at how tall the tree is? How many spots on the ladybird? What shapes are there in our Bug Hotel? Whatever you choose to do tomorrow let Nature help you with the numbers.

Photos from Wildside Activity Centre's post 15/05/2023

We had a great time working with students from Abu Bakr school last week. Everyone worked hard problem-solving in and around our woodlands and canal side (one of the main problems to solve was how to avoid the torrential downpours that punctuated the day)! Wildside offers a great natural learning environment right on your doorstep, so if you would like to find out how Wildside can enhance the teaching opportunities for your students call us on 01902 754612.

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