Every Friday (term-time) from 10.00am to 12.00 noon, whatever the weather. We meet in Wenallt Lower car park by the picnic table under the big tree between 9.45 and 10.00am. Not suitable for buggies, you’ll be better with a baby carrier or sling.
Come and join us through the year as we walk the same route and watch the seasons change.
At Cosmeston we walk across the boardwalk, through the bullrushes, over the fields, past the stream and into the woods. With songs, stories and playtime in our special woodland den. (See the map of our route in the Parent & Toddler Guide on the right).
Our new Wenallt Woodland Group route is in Coed y Wenallt (locally known as ‘The Wenallt’) – an ancient woodland to the north of Cardiff (the big hill on the way to Caerphilly Mountain). It is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest with a wonderful variety of wildlife – including badgers, buzzards, great spotted woodpeckers and wood warbler – and is renowned for its spectacular Springtime blaze of bluebells.
Please come dressed for the weather. The groups are suitable for children aged 0-3. Sorry no dogs. New families always welcome. Just come along, NO NEED TO BOOK.
£6.00 / £4.50 concessions per family, including baked potatoes
(£5.50/£4.00 concessions if paid half termly in advance)
Directions/Transport to Cosmeston Lakes:
By road: 5 miles west of Cardiff and 15 minutes from M4 Junction 33. Main entrance on B4267 (Lavernock Road) CF64 5UY. Ample Free parking. [map]
Public transport: Bus services 94 from The Hayes, Cardiff or Wood St, Shamrock Services 89 (which changes to 88 at Llandough Hosp). Rail 3 miles from Penarth Train Station.
Directions/Transport to The Wenallt:
How to find us
The Wenallt Lower car park GPS 315261/183182
By road: 3 miles (11 minutes) drive from M4 Junction 32. Wenallt Car Park is on Wenallt Road Cardiff CF14 6TQ. Ample Free parking. [map]
Public transport: Cardiff Bus service 21 ( Cardiff City Centre Circular via Rhiwbina, Whitchurch) takes you to Wenallt Road which is a 0.7 mile/ 20 minute walk to the Wenallt Car Park.
Our Parent & Toddler Guide is a great introduction to these gentle structured sessions. With an insight into the Steiner approach and what to expect when you come along, as well as a map and useful info about our Woodland Group.
Going to the Woodland Groups with both my boys was one of the highlights of my time with them during maternity leave. In fact when I returned to work I organised my days so that I could still attend! I found both the indoor and woodland groups a calm and nurturing environment to be with my very active boys.
FionaMum at our Woodland Groups
My son and I always look forward to this in our week..it certainly is a weekly highlight! We both love the rhythm of the walk, the pace at which things happen, from feeding the ducks to poo sticks on the bridge, and time to explore and play with new friends. A wonderful way to engage with nature as part of a social group, where we learn and sing songs, listen to Tip Tap puppet stories (his favourite part) and eat jacket potatoes. Expertly held in a safe and nurturing way by Danae.
RhianeddMum at our Woodland Group
I never regarded myself as an outdoors kind of person….but the children and I totally LOVED the woodland playgroups, we went for years! The leaders were always delightful, kind, engaged, full of enthusiasm, adventurous and with a genuine love of kids. What more can you ask for yourself than meeting other wonderful people, being in nature and have such a great environment for your kids to play, make friends, discover new things, watch the seasons changing, get muddy, sing songs, scramble up banks and play in puddles?!
DafMum and nanny at our Woodland Groups
A lovely opportunity for parents and children to explore natural surroundings, find magic in everyday things like sticks, pebbles or leaves. It gives the children the all needed re-connection with nature and allows them to keep in tune with the changing seasons. The slow paced structure ending in songs and a meal brings everybody together. Lovely experience.
KarolinaMum at our Woodland Group
Cardiff Steiner School
Hawthorn Road West
Cardiff CF14 2FL