To Do

Here’s an idea of things to do.

The J G 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 wood 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.

For more information regarding any of our courses please contact us on 0114 235 6348.

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 visit

Breathtaking Walks

Ecclesall Woods cover over 100 hectares (more than 300 acres), and a walk round the perimeter is about 3 miles or 5 km. There is a network of footpaths and bridle ways, streams and drains, wetland and good walking areas. The woods lie on gently sloping land with few steep climbs.

On Thursday mornings  “Step Out Sheffield”, a completely voluntary group, provide weekly Health Walks in the Sheffield area, as part of the National “Walking for Health” scheme.  Each one of the 25 walks is led by a team of trained Volunteer Walk Leaders. The group meet at 10am every Thursday morning at the Discovery Centre and go for a short walk around Ecclesall Woods followed by hot drinks and a chat at The Woodland Coffee Stop. The group is run by volunteers and is a great way to meet like minded people who enjoy a leisurely walk while enjoying the beautiful scenery. For further details can be found on the website.

Woodland Runs

On Thursday mornings Accelerate hold a weekly run group.

“We invite you to join us up at the Woodland Centre for a run in the woods, then the usual chit chat afterwards.
We’ll explore the woods, fast and slow, with some exercises and drills for those interested in training tips. The more the merrier.
Bring some extra spending money if you wish to make use of the cafe on site.
All abilities welcome for a fun, guided run through the picturesque trails within this beautifully preserved area.
9.30am (please try to arrive by 9.15am if you can).
Eccelsall Woodland Centre- on-site parking and cafe for after the run.
£2 per person on the day.”

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