A place for free range humans

The outdoors is important to us and we want to share our little bit of it with you. Bring your group to visit Birkheads Wild and go free range for a little while.

Youth Groups | Schools | Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expeditions (Bronze & Silver Level) | Forest School | Team 'Away Days' | Guided Walks | Outdoor Adventures

We are a perfect spot to try (almost) wild, off-grid camping for the first time - small, close to home and with hands-on support to enable your group to have a memorable night under canvas.

We also provide half or full day sessions "in the wild" and run regular After School Clubs and holiday sessions for local young people. To see our upcoming events, join our tribe and book onto our sessions please visit www.bookwhen.com/birkheadswild or click HERE

Get in touch to plan your visit or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

TO WATCH OUR SHORT FILM CLICK THIS LINK to hear about what we achieved on our Gift of the Wild Programme working closely with Stomping Grounds Forest School in 2018.

Bring your
Youth Group

Youth Groups

We'll design day sessions or overnight camps to suit the needs of your group. Click here if you are interested in visiting us.


Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Our site is an ideal base for Bronze level expeditions.

We'll help you plan an unforgettable and successful adventure. Find out more here

Are you new to the outdoors?

New to the outdoors?

Never been camping before? We'll support and advise you to ensure your group knows what to expect and is prepared. Click here to see how we can help.

Guided Walks

Guided Walks

We can adapt our walks to suit all needs, abilities and ages - including fully accessible routes. Click here to find out more.


Bushcraft Sessions

From 2 hour 'tasters' to full days 'in the wild', we'll provide an unforgettable outdoor experience for you. Find out more here.

Come Camping

Come Camping Here

We can host 28 overnight camps here per year. Get in touch to book a unique experience for your group.

Things to do nearby

This is a gorgeous spot - our corner of rural Gateshead and County Durham order offers loads to see and do nearby...

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What is (almost) wild camping anyway?

What to expect when you visit us

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Birkheads Blog

Hens in the house

By Birkheads Wild | June 4, 2018

THE HENS HAVE ARRIVED!! by Arlo and Mose age 8 We are egg-cited to introduce our hens to visitors. If you want to know who’s who then here are their names. Citrine {white very friendly} Ruby {red with black tips} Selenite {white with black tips} Smokey Quartz {grey with black beak} Amber {red with white…

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Please support Birkheads Wild as your Co-Op ‘Local Cause’ in 2018

By Birkheads Wild | March 28, 2018

            We are delighted to have been selected as a ‘Local Cause’ through the Co-Op Community Fund and will be receiving funding this year to help us run Forest School After School Clubs and Holiday Clubs for local children. YOU can help us receive additional funding every time you shop…

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When I camped! by Eve,Year 4

By Birkheads Wild | July 10, 2017

When I camped ! The day that I camped I was so excited and I felt like I wanted to scream with happiness it was such an amazing experience. When I got there!!! When I entered Birkheads Wild I was so surprised that it was not just a big forest and it was a lovely…

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Ethan (age 9) shares his experience of camping at Birkheads Wild

By Birkheads Wild | July 10, 2017

One Friday night straight from school , me and my class went to Birkheads Wild for an overnight stay. Our class teachers came with us too . When we got there we did not expect the huge field it was really not what we expected .We had no idea that there would be a pond…

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Birkheads Wild – meaning, origins and mythology…and why we love silver birch trees

By Birkheads Wild | June 21, 2017

Birkheads means “the birch on top of the hill” Our little hamlet, hidden in a corner of Gateshead, right on the border with County Durham is called Birkheads – and yes, we are on top of a hill with several silver birch growing around us. Further along Birkheads Lane about half a mile from here, is a…

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Here's some of our best bits...


Joanne O'Leary (Jack's Mum)

"Jack has talked of nothing else since he got home, thanks to all the grown ups for an unforgettable adventure today!"


Cambian Dilston College, Northumberland

"We are now in our fourth year of running DofE Awards. Our students work really hard at getting the same national award as everyone else - and do this through volunteering, physical activities, undertaking an expedition and learning new skills. This year they're learning bushcraft skills at a great little spot - Birkheads Wild!"

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Cassie, (15) BCT Aspire, Bronze Duke of Edniburgh's Expedition

" Your camp site is beautiful and DofE is good! Thank you so much."

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Daisy (9), Kibblesworth Academy, Gateshead

"I love this place you can build dens and its lots of fun, you can also explore!!!"

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