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Ecclesall Woods Discovery Centre

Set in the extensive and beautiful Ecclesall Woods, the Woodland Discovery Centre is the perfect indoor and outdoor facility for a spectrum of events and a visit to the woods. 

Space is available to hire at the Centre for:

  • Families to celebrate weddings, birthdays and anniversaries

  • Businesses and groups to hold meetings and team building events

  • Schools to hold educational days for pupils

The Centre runs craft courses all through the year, from cider making to work skills. 

Public events in the autumn and spring celebrate Sheffield's rich woodland heritage, and demonstrates the unique facilities of the Centre, as well as providing activities such as story telling, discovering nature and traditional uses of wood in the home and garden.

The Sheffield Woodlands Environment Enhancement Project (SWEEP) is based here, the Sheffield Bee-keepers, and the site is also home to a cluster of talented wood based businesses.

Map of Ecclesall Woods


Take a tour

Google Street View of the Discovery Centre.


Visitor facilities

The Woodland Discovery Centre boasts a beautiful multi-function space called the Sycamore Suite, this can be used for a range of activities including:

  • Education
  • Meetings
  • Seminars
  • Events
  • Family celebrations
  • Classes

For all room booking enquiries and prices please email or call 0114 2356348.


Craft courses and events

Craft courses

There is a wide range of heritage craft courses available from pole lathe turning to basket making.

Book a place on a course or for further information please contact us or download the leaflet below.

Download the courses


The Mystery of the Factory in the Woods

Download The Mystery of the Factory in the Woods Audio Adventure.

Listen on a smartphone whilst walking through Ecclesall Woods, or you can borrow an MP3 player from the JG Graves Discovery Centre (opening times only).

Embark on an amazing audio adventure through time, take a guided walk to discover stories of Ecclesall Woods, and learn how archaeology can teach us how to understand the past: songs, stories and incredible facts for all the family!

The Mystery of the Factory in the Woods is a partnership project between Growtheatre, University of Sheffield Archaeology Department and our Woodland Section, supported by the University of Sheffield's Arts Enterprise Fund.

For further details please contact us.


 Education facilities

The Sycamore Suite, Hectors House (pictured) and 2 separate outdoor education spaces are available, the outdoor spaces all include a simple shelter in the event of bad weather.

To book, email or telephone the Discovery Centre on 0114 2356348.


'SWEEP' Volunteer Project

South Yorkshire Forest Partnership and ENTRUST have contributed to funding for the 'Sheffield Woodlands Environment Enhancement Project' based on site and co-ordinated by Tom Collier.

The work includes:

  • Access maintenance and creation
  • Habitat maintenance and creation
  • Landscaping
  • Tools use
  • Walking

For more information or to register your interest please call the Discovery Centre on 0114 2356348.

Wedding ceremonies

Why not hold your wedding inside the Sycamore Suite at the JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, or maybe you would prefer an outdoor blessing on the beautiful tiered lawn. 

You also have the option of holding your wedding reception in the woods or on the lawn.

Available for weddings and civil partnership, download the brochure for further information below

For details on the range of packages that we provide please contact Alison Smith, Ceremonies Co-ordinator, email or call 0114 2053500.

Ceremonies Brochure



The JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre with classroom and visitor facilities is based in Ecclesall Woods, off Abbey Lane, Sheffield.  Our address is below:

J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane
S7 2QZ

If you are following SATNAV systems to find us, when you reach Abbey Lane ignore the SATNAV as it will take you to the houses nearby which share our post code.  We are accessed directly off Abbey Lane - look for the large white sign just inside the woods and you will find our car park at the end of the track.


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  • Modified: Jul 19, 2016 2:00:22 PM