Mud Pie Explorers CIC

Mud Pie Explorers is an established, and well loved, not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC) based mainly in South Gloucestershire. 

Our specialist provision includes green social prescribing, Forest School in local schools with children with additional needs, short breaks, out of school provision and lots of projects for specific groups of children including running Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) sessions. Our generic provision includes after school clubs, family based groups, Forest School, school holiday adventures and free community events. We also provide training for other professionals.

While we are not an exclusively SEND provision we are experienced specialists in supporting children with additional needs. As of September 2022, we are working with around 200 children a week. At this time 80% of our Forest Schoolers had additional needs and a third had a disability. We are very well regarded among SEND parents/ carers, local schools and other service providers in relation to our holistic, child-centered approach. 

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We run a range of sessions. Some are free to the user, some are paid per session and others are paid monthly via direct debit or invoice.


Age Ranges
5+ for short sessions 8+ for longer sessions
Referral required
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HAF sessions
Sessions at Lincombe Barn Woods for children 8+ who are eligibile for income related free school meals. These include a campfire lunch, woodland adventures and enriching activities such as bug hunts, nature crafts, tool use and more. 

Forest School

For children 5+ to attend alone. Sessions are just under 2 hours and take place at Lincombe Barn Woods, Downend. You can book via our website. 

After school clubs
These run from local schools either on their site or a nearby local green space. You can book via our website. 

In school specialist provision
We work in a number of South Glos school providing outdoor learning support for children with additional needs. To find out more please contact us. 

Direct payments

Contact details

Contact name:
Lucy Lucas
Contact position:
Manager, South Gloucestershire and Bristol
07877 071333
Lincombe Barn Woods
BS16 2RW
Get directions

Pop 'Mud Pie Explorers' into GoogleMaps to find us. 

Parking is free at the onsite carpark or on the road next to the site. 

Park before the yellow barrier- this can be closed at any time by staff at Lincombe Barn. 

We have people using wheelchairs at this site, the ground is uneven and can be muddy so it may not be accessible to all wheelchair users.