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Published on 18.09.23 in FundingEvents, & Training, courses & workshops

What's On: September & October 2023

The end of September & all through October is a busy time for outdoor dates - scroll down to see our HUGE list of upcoming events. We hope some of them will inspire you, inform your session planning, make you go hmmm or just make you smile.

14 October is one of our favourite days of the year - it's Forest School Day!

Issue 3 of our free to download Outdoor Practitioner magazine has a Forest School Focus

Forest School activities: whittle your own hazel knife • square lashing • autumn inspirations • leaf needle felting • autumn hanging mobiles.

Articles on • nature connection • Forest Schools in an urban setting • Guides to fascinating fungi & storm kettles • Practitioners Voice section and more!

Read or download it here.


FUNDING for Forest School Training - Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council are pleased to announce that they can offer funding options towards the cost of Forest School training. This includes Introduction to Forest Schools, Level 2 Forest School Assistant and Level 3 Forest School Leader starting this September / October.

Find out more here.


There are loads of fascinating and inspiring events on our website!

You'll find conferences, annual events, special days & campaigns with a focus on nature, the outdoors and wellbeing. Plus courses, training and workshops for every level - from those just starting out to seasoned practitioners.

Clicking a date will take you to our Events Calendar where you can find out more.


15-24 September: Great British Beach Clean

19 September: International Talk Like A Pirate Day

23 September: Autumn Equinox

23 September: start of Seed Gathering Season

26 September: European Day of Languages


All month

Popcorn Poppin' Month!

International Walk to School Month

The Big Draw

4 October: World Animal Day

5 October: National Poetry Day

6 October: National Badger Day

7 October: UK Fungus Day

8 October: World Conker Championships

13 October: Forest School Day

14 October: World Migratory Bird Day

15 October: Global Handwashing Day
Read our guide to handwashing outdoors here.

21 October: Apple Day

23-29 October: National Mammal Week

23-29 October: Big Wild Walk

28 October: Clocks fall back

Halloween garland

Editor's Pick!

31 October is Halloween!

Get your site looking spooky with our free activities on the Outdoor Hub:

• spider & web garland
• painted pumpkins

Workshops in September/October



Outdoors thnking logo

Editor's Pick!

Courses with Outdoors Thinking

Certificate in Outdoor Practice
12 days over 12 months
Yorkshire: start date 7 October
Bristol (Level 3): starts March 2024

Creating Rich Experiences Outdoors
4 days over 6 months
Northern Ireland: starts 18 September
Yorkshire: starts 3 October

Creating Rich Experiences Outdoors - 50% Funded places - SHEFFIELD: starts 3 October

Forest School Training

Find out more about Forest School training and view our list of trainers signed up to the Muddy Faces Trainers Community here.

  • Forest School Leader: Level 3 training here
  • Forest School Assistant: Level 2 training here
  • Other Forest School-related training & CPD here

Conferences & festivals

29 September - 1 October: FSA National Conference

This year's theme is: 30 YEARS OF CONNECTION.

Muddy Faces can support your conferences training & events

Do you deliver Forest School training, or other outdoor play or learning training?
Are you running an outdoor or outdoor-related conference this year?
Join our Trainers Community.

  • discounts for you & your students in the Muddy Faces shop
  • free event listings on our website and links in our newsletter
  • catalogues & other free gifts for your events

To find out more send an email to


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