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How much do birthday parties cost?

Brown Hare Package – All Outdoors (self-catered)

£200 for up to 20 children (including the birthday child/ children and any siblings).

£400 for 21-40 children (including the birthday child/ children and any siblings), as an additional member of staff will be required.

This includes:

  • A 2-hour party led by our Education Officer(s) in one of our woodlands
  • 30 minutes’ exclusive use of the woodlands after the party activities if you would like to eat your own party food (self-catered)

Please note, after this time you can continue to stay in the woodlands if you wish, however other visiting members of the public will also be able to access the woodlands.

Squirrel Package – In/Outdoors (catered)

 

£250 for up to 20 children (including the birthday child/ children and any siblings).

£450 for 21-40 children (including the birthday child/ children and any siblings), as an additional member of staff will be required.

PLUS

Cold meals - £3.95 per child

Hot meals - £4.25 per child

Optional extras

Ice cream - £2.10 per child

Muffins - £1.50 per child

This includes:

  • A 2-hour party led by our Education Officer(s) in one of our woodlands
  • Exclusive hire of Coots (indoor area) for up to 2 hours after the party activities to enjoy party food catered for by our onsite restaurant, Kestrel Kitchen.

Please note, all our birthday party activities are based outdoors in one of our woodlands. The indoor area will only be used for catering.

What birthday parties do you offer?

  • Pirates
  • Fairies and Elves
  • Survival
  • Knights and Queens

For more information about each of these themes see here

Birthday Parties

Can I bring more than 20 children?

We can accommodate more than 20 children (including the birthday child) providing we have additional staff available. Please note, if siblings are joining in with the activities, they are included in the maximum number of children in the session.

Each Education Officer can work with up to 20 children (including the birthday child) so any additional children will require additional staff. Please see the “How much do birthday parties cost?” section above for prices.

When do you offer birthday parties?

We run birthday parties on the 2nd Saturday and the 4th Saturday of the month.

The party activities are held at the following times:

April to October: 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm
November to March: 10am – 12pm only

If you book the Squirrel Package (catered), the 2-hour room hire with catered party food will follow on straight after the party activities. For the Brown Hare Package (self-catered), you will be allowed 30 minutes’ exclusive use of the woodlands after the party activities if you would like to eat your own party food (self-catered).

Do you run birthday parties on any other days?

Unfortunately, due to our busy schedules we can only run birthday parties on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

How long does the birthday party last?

Our birthday party activities last for 2 hours.

If you choose the Squirrel Package (catered), you will also have exclusive use of Coots (indoor area) for up to 2 hours after the party activities to enjoy party food catered for by our onsite restaurant, Kestrel Kitchen.

For the Brown Hare Package (self-catered), you are welcome to stay in our woodlands for up to 30 minutes after the birthday party is due to finish if you would like to eat your own party food (self-catered)

How many adults need to attend?

We require an adult:child ratio of at least 1:6 for the party, however more adults are welcome to stay for the party. Adults helping children with the activities is always appreciated.

Can we bring decorations to decorate the woodland?

You are welcome to bring some decorations to decorate the woodland, however we ask for you to tidy up afterwards and for you to take any decorations or rubbish with you when you leave. You can decorate the woodland up to 45 minutes before your party starts.

Please be aware of our eco-friendly ethos. We ask that you steer clear of balloons, sequin confetti and other plastic decorations outside.

What should the children wear?

We will be outdoors for the whole 2 hours so dressing for outdoor activities is important.  Wear waterproof coats and trousers if it is raining, a jumper if it is cold, sturdy footwear (boots, wellies, old trainers), trousers are preferred due to nettles and brambles in the woodlands but if shorts are worn in sunny weather care needs to be taken.  Some themes such as (pirates, fairies/elves) give children a chance to dress up, but please be aware that costumes will get muddy.

Do you provide food for the party?

Squirrel Package

If you book our catered package we will provide party food catered for by our onsite restaurant, Kestrel Kitchen. This will be served in Coots (indoor area), which you will have exclusive access to for up to 2 hours.

Cold meals - £3.95 per child

Each child will be given a lunchbox containing a sandwich, crisps, cookie, piece of fruit and a soft drink.

Hot meals - £4.25 per child

Choice of sausages / chicken nuggets / cheese and tomato pizza served with chips, side salad, beans or peas.

Additionally, we can provide the following optional extras:

Ice cream - £2.10 per child

Muffins - £1.50 per child

Brown Hare Package

We are happy for you to supply your own catering providing this is eaten in our outdoor picnic areas. With our self-catering package you will have exclusive use of one of our woodlands for up to 30 minutes after the birthday party is due to finish, where you can enjoy your own party food. Other picnic areas are also available on site.

Can I bring my own cake?

Yes you can bring your own cake, we can incorporate this into the session if you would like to.

What happens if it rains?

We provide a canopy in the woodland which gives some protection against the weather. We carry on with our birthday party activities in the rain, so please encourage participants to come prepared and dressed appropriately for the weather. We recommend waterproofs and sturdy footwear (wellies / walking boots / old trainers).

We usually continue our activities in the case of poor weather, the only weather that would lead to cancellation is in the case of extreme weather (such as extreme high winds or thunderstorms).

Is there an indoor space?

All party activities are held outdoors in our woodlands.

If you book our Squirrel Package (catered) you will have access to our indoor area, Coots, for 2 hours after the party activities. However, the activities will still be outdoors in the woodlands, the indoor space is only used for serving the party food.

Are there toilets?

There are toilets on the Visitor Village (next to the restaurant) which you are welcome to use from 10am.  Unfortunately, during the birthday party there are no toilets in the woodland so we recommend that everyone goes to the toilet before the party. 

We do not encourage going to the toilet in the woodland as we use these for education sessions and do not want to create an unhygienic environment for groups.

How do I pay for the birthday party?

You can pay for the birthday party by credit/debit card, cash or BACS. The full balance of the birthday party must be paid in full at the time of booking (this includes any food you have organised with the Kestrel Kitchen).

Does it cost for car parking?

As you have booked a birthday party you will not have to pay for car parking on the day. However, you will need to ensure that you provide us with the vehicle registrations so that we can clear them on our car parking system.

Please be aware that if you do not provide your vehicle registrations on the day we won’t be able to clear the charges and therefore car parking charges apply.

Do you provide party bags?

Yes, we can provide party bags for £4 each,

  • Brockholes pen or pencil
  • notebook - animal, bird or dinosaur
  • wood animal yo-yo (bee/ladybird/frog) or a magnifying glass.

Choices of the above may change depending on season.

Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own.

Do you provide invitations?

Yes, we have invitation templates on our party page which you are welcome to use. You are also welcome to use your own.

Where do we meet the party leader?

The party leader will meet guests at the car parking machines 10 minutes before the session is due to start. We ask that all guests arrive promptly to ensure you get the full party time.

Are there any age limits?

We have a range of birthday party themes to suit a range of ages. At Brockholes, we hold events for children from 15-months old in the woodland, so we don't have a minimum or maximum limit.