Winter Woodland Social

Come and celebrate with us around the fire at our winter woodland social and fundraiser.

We are holding a fun packed evening in the woods, try your hand at traditional crafts in time for Christmas and enjoy talks and demonstrations by experts.  Leave armed with practical knowledge and something nice to hang from your tree!

The evenings talks will explore physical and psychological aspects of cold weather survival and navigating by the stars.

All welcome whether coming solo or as a group. The event is child friendly, however activities are aimed at those 8 yrs upwards.

As day turns to night our base camp will be lit with fairy lights. Enjoy the enchantment of woodland on a winters eve, perfect for a family treat or work party;

  • Bushcraft workshops and demos
  • Meal cooked over the fire
  • Talk on cold weather survival with expedition medic
  • Stargazing with Croydon Astronomical Society (subject to clear skies)
  • Meet and mingle around the fire

Wrap up warm, we’ll be in the woods all evening!

3-6pm, Sunday 11th December 2016

South Norwood Lakes & Grounds, SE19 2DH, entrance off Auckland Rd at junction with Cypress Rd, easy to get to via Norwood Junction or Crystal palace train station or 410/196 bus.

Advance booking is essential. – Help us to raise funds to support our work in promoting wellbeing through connection to nature.

More details below;



  • Fire by Friction with charcloth, flint and steel
  • Wreath making
  • Make your own ‘everlasting’ stove
  • Christmas tree decorations


Hot drinks

  • Hot spiced apple juice

Main course

  • Sweet potato and cheese
  • Soup and roll


  • Bannock cake


Caroline Bwango, Emergency Medicine Doctor and Beth Collier, Nature based psychotherapist, will give a talk packed full of information and useful tips on how to look after yourself outdoors in winter. They will cover the common risks that cold weather presents in being active outdoors and how to avoid common cold injuries.  Learn how to stay out in the field longer and more comfortably!

William Bottaci will be leading us in stargazing, paying particular attention to stars which can aid us in navigation.

Our Guest Speakers

Caroline Bwango is an Emergency Medicine Doctor currently working in a busy London A & E department. She is passionate about the outdoors and has extensive experience as an expedition and humanitarian medic having worked in the far flung rainforests of Guyana, remote villages in the Himalayas and in a refugee camp in Jordan with Medecins Sans Frontieres.  Her favourite activities are water based and she hopes her next expedition will be somewhere in Africa where she can paddle to her heart’s delight.

William Bottaci is Secretary of the Croydon Astronomical Society. He is responsible for tours at the Kenley Observatory, a wonderful resource within the borough.