Muddy Puddles

What is Muddy Puddles?

It is fun play-based outdoor initiative for ‘Muddy Puddlers’ (2-4 year olds) and their parents/carers. Muddy Puddles will provide a range of fun play-based initiatives, that stimulate the imagination, encourage exploration, independence and learning, preparing those attending for school through activities that can be easily replicated in the home or outdoor environment.

Children will learn through freely exploring the Muddy Puddles site, predominantly through play-based activities that encourage, learning and provide buckets (literally!) of fun.

The first half of the session will be about exploring the world around us which will include activities such as interactive nature games and nature exploration including bug hunts, making dens, gardening and wildlife identification.

The second half of the session will be about arts and creating, also with a nature theme, and they’ll be exciting things to make, grow and take home. Each week there will be a different activity, which will usually be run from the new outdoor classroom in CycloLand.


School Term-Time Activities

Dates: Every Tuesday from 7th September - 19th October (7 sessions)

Time: 9:30am, 11am 

Duration: 1 hour

Age: 2-4years

Capacity: 7 (Max 1 adult per child) This includes free use of Cycloland for the day!

Group Leader: Wendy

Price: £7.50per session (7 for the price of 6 sessions if block booked)

Book: Advanced booking recommended to avoid disappointment on 01474 831 400 or book here

We do recommend that these are booked in blocks, in order to attend the last session completely free of charge!

Activities planned for 7th September - 19th October:

On 7th September it will be time for Dotty Dormouse to start preparing for her long winter sleep. You’ll be helping her through our activities and even making your own dotty dormouse! As part of Organic September, on 14th September, you’ll be planting in CycloLand. You’ll also be filling and decorating your own planters, from recycled materials, to take home! On 21st September, you’ll be joining the fight against climate change through Stepping It Up for Recycle Week through a range of activities, games and making a fun recycled toy to take home! We’ll be looking at what we can all do to keep our rivers clean and pollution free on 28th September. You’ll also be making a magnetic fishing game to take home! On 5th October, we’ll prepare for World Habitat Day identifying the food, water and shelter needed by different animals living in around the CycloPark as well as making a 3-D habitat to take home! On 12th October, we’ll be exploring the wonderful life of trees and exploring how they grow from seed, followed by some amazing tree art! The last session of the term is our final session before Halloween (19th October), you’ll be seeking out some ghouls and ghosts at the CycloPark and making spooky Halloween decorations using recycled materials!


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the Muddy Puddles sessions?

Reception will be able to direct you to the session.

There is a site specifically for the sessions, in an area almost adjacent to the side of CycloLand, which is below the Play Park (on the side opposite the main road with the cycle circuit). If you are attending the sessions, please sign in at reception 10 minutes before the session starts and you will be shown to the session location. The session will begin with an introduction to site and tool safety and, on occasion we may adventure from this site, so please try to arrive in time.

If you need to get to the site, once in CycloLand, there is a gate, almost diagonally across from the main entrance. If you go through this gate, you should be able to spot us, the site will be surrounded by flags).

*Please note that subjects may be subject to change due to popular demand.

What do I get for £7.50?

As part of your ticket price, you will be entitled to free entrance, along with any participating child, in to Play Park and CycloLand for the day. This can be before and/or after your Muddy Puddles Session.

Do I need to book in advance?

We will be limiting the number of people in each group to 15 so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Will refreshments and snack be provided?

We ask parents/guardians to bring along any snacks and refreshments your child might require.

Is the session outdoors/what happens if it rains?

Most of the sessions will be partially inside and partially outside, we don’t shy away from a light rain shower but, when the weather is more severe, we’ll retreat to the classroom.

What should I wear?

Dress for the weather so bring along appropriate waterproofs for you and your child, if the forecast is for rain. Footwear is also really important as the ground at the Muddy Puddles site is uneven and may get boggy. Please do not wear sandals, flip flops, slip-off or high heel shoes.

Also, please could we request that you bring a pair of indoor shoes/clean outdoor shoes to change in to for the second half of the session, for the arts and creating, which will usually take place indoors.

Will my/ my child’s special needs and /or health issues be taken into account in the session?

Please let us know prior to the session if you have any special needs where you or your child might require extra help or assistance. Wherever possible we will cater for these needs.

If these health issues are in relation to coronavirus, please do not attend if you, or someone in your household, has been tested positive for Coronavirus in the last 2 weeks.  

For more information, please see a Cyclopark member of staff.

 Can I attend with more than 1 child?

One adult must accompany no more than one child attending the sessions (but if there is space in the group, a younger sibling may accompany a paying child) and will have the responsibility for ensuring those children remain safe throughout the session.

Can I take photo's or videos?

Yes, you will be able to take photo’s on the day but must return a signed photography and filming consent form prior to the event.

Can I bring my dog?

Pets are not permitted in to the CycloPark, with the exception of guide dogs.


Muddy Puddles Safe Covid-19 Operating Procedures at the Cyclopark

What should I do if my booking is affected by the latest government guidelines?

You will be notified by the Cyclopark if, for any reason the sessions have to be cancelled. If the government enforce a lockdown on your local area, we will ensure you do not lose the value of your booking. You will be refunded to the full value of the sessions remaining on your booking, which will allow you to reschedule once the restrictions are lifted again. / 01474 831400

If your booking is affected by local restrictions in your area (e.g. local lockdown) enabling you unable to attend, please call reception.

What if someone in my family has Coronavirus symptoms or is feeling under the weather?

You must not attend the session if you or someone in your family has any new symptoms. More common symptoms are fever, a new and continuous cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste). Non-specific symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, myalgia, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.