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JG Graves Woodland 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.
 

Visitor Facilities

The Woodland Discovery Centre opened in September 2011 and 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

Booking details and prices are available to download below.

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Craft Courses and Events in 2014

Craft Courses

There is a wide range of heritage craft courses available from pole lathe turning to basket making. You can book a place on a course or for further information please download the Craft Courses leaflet below.

Events

Spring Open Day

Sunday 27th April
10:00am - 4:00pm

A celebration of spring in the woods.  Join us for food, activities and crafts at Ecclesall Woods.  For further information please see the downloadable flyer below.

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Hectors House - available for education, meetings and events

 

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 woodland.discovery@sheffield.gov.uk or telephone the Discovery Centre on 0114 235 6348.
 

Making a Hazel Hurdle

'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 235 6348.
 

Wedding in Ecclesall Woods

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, for further information please see the downloadable brochure below, or for details on the range of packages that we provide please contact Alison Smith, Ceremonies Co-ordinator, email alison.smith2@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 205 3500.

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Directions

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
Sheffield
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: Feb 26, 2014 11:35:59 AM