Fun in the forest

Schoolchildren in Morpeth enjoyed the great outdoors during an event that included a variety of nature activities.

Thursday, 11th July 2019, 11:41 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th July 2019, 8:57 pm
Abbeyfields First School pupils and their families enjoyed camping night.

Abbeyfields First School recently hosted its annual family camping night to celebrate the end of another school year.

Set within the grounds of its Forest School, the residential was made available to all pupils and their families.

Campers were invited to pitch their tents and join in an evening and morning of fun forest school activities.

Set around a campfire, the burning embers not only provided the perfect opportunity to cook up some tasty treats, but also to bring families together in a fireside sing-song - accompanied by an instrument or two.

At sunrise, campers were invited to breakfast with the badgers, deer, foxes and birds from the comfort of the site’s wildlife hide.

Abbeyfields headteacher Sandra Ford said: “Our annual camping event has always proven popular with our families and this year we had over 220 people joining us, which was a fantastic turnout.

“As well as being lots of fun, events like these help to reinforce the work we do with our forest school in inspiring outdoor learning.

“Over the last 10 years, we have taken every opportunity to inspire individuals of any age about the environment and wider ecological challenges through positive outdoor experiences.”

For more information about joining Abbeyfields First School, or to inquire about its limited reception places available for September 2019, call 01670 513582 or email

The school is part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, which also includes Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools, The King Edward VI High School (KEVI), Harbottle Church of England First School, Thropton Village First School and Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School.

A 50th birthday reunion for the KEVI class of 1985 (1987 for those who left after Sixth Form) will take place at Waterford Lodge on Saturday from 7pm to midnight.

For more information about it, call Moira Redhead (Ferguson) on 07796 475404 or Helen Gee-Graham on 07932 957505.