World Rainforest Weekend


The national centre for reptile welfare are visiting to celebrate our wonderful rainforests across the world. For a small donation you can have the chance to meet and hold some incredible reptiles and support this fantastic charity.


Session Outline

The reptiles are coming to us, come and see them for free! The 22nd and 23rd of June is the world rainforest weekend and the national center for reptile welfare are joining us. Come for free to see the wonderful reptiles including lizards and snakes such as their beautiful male anaconda . They will be free to come and see from 10:00 till 16:00 daily in our middle classroom next door to the visitor centre. We will also be running multiple events to allow everyone to join in and celebrate the wonders of our rainforest. There is many ways you can join us in celebrating the wonders of our rainforest, whether coming to see our bugs for free or taking part in our events! From bug handling sessions, pond dipping and wildlife safaris.

Session Date and time

22nd and 23rd of June

Events both days;

10:00-11:00 Meet the mini beauties (bug handling of six different invertebrates including a tarantula) Ages 6 + £7

11:00-12:00 A wild bug hunt in our forest school All Ages £5.00

13:00-14:00 Meadow Safari Ages 5+ £5

14:00-15:00 Pond dipping All Ages £5.50

You only pay per child participant, parents and younger siblings is free.

Please pre-book as we limit our sessions to groups of 12 for a intimate experience.

Directions and Parking

This event takes place in the Darwin Room of the nature center BEECHE. To access the room go round to the back of the building and down the boardwalk on your left.

Buses that pass near the centre are the R8 and the 358 (a short walk from Farnborough).

The main car park at High Elms is located on High Elms Road (near Shire Lane). You can follow the Brown Highway signs for High Elms Country Park.

The main car park can get very busy. If it is full there is another unsurfaced carpark called Cuckoo Wood car park a mile down High Elms Road towards Downe – you can walk back through High Elms Country Park towards the centre but bear in mind this walk does take around 30 minutes.

Blue badge parking is available in front of BEECHE. To access this please access the park using the entrance off Shire Lane which is marked for deliveries and staff. At the cross roads turn left up the slope and you will see the BEECHE building at the top of the slope. Please be aware this entrance and car park is only for Blue Badge holders.

Other Information

The session will take place inside and outside. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for all weathers. For more information contact the BEECHE office on 01689860571 or email

Additional information


22nd of June 10:00-11:00 Bug handling, 22nd of June 11:00-12:00 Bug hunting, 22nd of June 13:00-14:00 Meadow Safari, 22nd of June 14:00-15:00 Pond Dipping, 23rd of June 10:00-11:00 Bug handling, 23rd of June 11:00-12:00 Bug hunting, 23rd of June 13:00-14:00 Meadow Safari, 23rd of June 14:00-15:00 Pond Dipping