It’s a heat Saturday afternoon in July and we’ve gathered to find out about monitoring animals. Our instructor crouches earlier than us, making marks within the sand to show how a paw or hoof print may be barely turned out to point that the creature was trying over its shoulder in worry because it ran.My kids are fascinated, studying how one can spot clues to the pace, sort and even intercourse of the animal, and take part excitedly when proven how one can mimic the gait of various species: the galloping scamper of rodents, racing huge cats and the sluggish lumber of a bear.Nature was moving into the youngsters, capturing their focusThere’s been no have to journey to the African savannah for such classes, solely an enormous white yurt in a discipline in West Sussex, the place each summer time weekend, small-scale, family-friendly rewilding camps are going down. A programme of nature and wellbeing workshops varies every week, however may embody hearth making, archery, plant identification, yoga and inventive writing, with acoustic music at night time.The campfire sing-songThese Wild Weekends are run on the Chiddinglye property close to West Hoathly on a plateau within the Excessive Weald, a rolling panorama of fields and historic woodland between London’s unlovely southern sprawl and Brighton. Privately owned by the eco-minded Earl of Limerick, the property includes a whole lot of acres together with a working wheat, sheep and photo voltaic vitality farm.Arriving on Friday night time with my kids, a buddy and her son, we simply had time to lug our stuff by way of the mud utilizing trolleys helpfully ready on the prime of the parcel of fields and woodland, to construct our nests and muster dinner, earlier than bats started to whir and darkness fell.Folks drew their folding chairs across the communal hearth to listen to guitarist Magic Chook sing ditties about moons and gods into the eddying smoke. The subsequent night time’s music was livelier, as foot-stomping collective Folkadelix received everybody dancing, telling the children they had been a part of the band as they gleefully rattled bells.The campBy the time we’d completed washing up Saturday’s breakfast, our effectively child-free tent neighbours had already accomplished morning yoga, a meditation session and qigong.We made our means throughout the dewy grass to the Foxes Den tent for “wild children crafts”, which received out in opposition to a workshop concerning the secret language of birds (my choice) and bow making (vetoed on account of a £35pp surcharge). Whereas the youngsters rolled clay into the form of animals and bowls, host Anu described how she lived along with her three kids in a horse-box van on the location, having adopted a nomadic way of life over a decade in the past. Covid had made many extra households really feel able to decide to an analogous various way of life, she mentioned, and for some this type of occasion was a chance to discover a special, low-impact way of life. “It doesn’t have the hedonism of different websites right here, you’ll be able to simply come to be in nature,” she mentioned.Certainly the ambiance was extraordinarily chilled. There’s no alcohol on the market on the location itself – although you’re free to carry some, and the property is residence to a wonderful microbrewery, Lacking Hyperlink, with a faucet room and beer van in a discipline a brief stroll away.Anu (left), the occasion’s host, with the author’s daughter and her buddy within the children craft tent. {Photograph}: Sadie Gould/The GuardianWhile campsites across the UK have added bars, DJ units and actions this summer time to tempt those that are often festival-goers, these weekends attraction to the identical market, and had been created as a smaller, Covid-era various to a wellbeing competition Into The Wild, held on the identical website, when it appeared huge occasions wouldn’t be allowed to happen this 12 months (the competition is now nonetheless working 27-30 August on a smaller scale than ordinary).Subsequent, a superb falconry show. Falconer Ryan instructed humorous tales whereas engaging his spectacular owls, hawks and falcons to return from the location’s towering totem pole, thrilling the children by seating them according to their eyes closed and really feel the push of air as Arnie the Bengal eagle owl flew centimetres above their heads. The viewers was extra reluctant to get close to Alfie, a Canadian horned owl, after listening to he’d as soon as bitten the tip of Ryan’s thumbnail off and caught his talon proper by way of, touchdown Ryan in hospital for 2 days with sepsis.We skipped the two-hour foraging class to make the most of the most effective property right here – a magical glamping website, the Enchanted Glade, which occupies one other a part of the Chiddinglye property. Although it’s a separate enterprise, Wild Weekenders will pay to remain in tipis right here or, like us, for periods on the wild spa. Descending right into a mystical-feeling gully of redwoods and large boulders, we soaked within the wood-burning scorching tub, gazing on the forest, took icy out of doors showers and warmed our bones within the wood-fired sauna. I’d suggest going even with out the occasions, and plan to return for my birthday, it’s that particular.The wild spa on the Enchanted Glade glamping sitePartly it’s the otherworldly panorama that makes it so – deep wooded valleys with sandstone outcrops by way of which trails weave to caverns, boulders, an iron age website and mossy dells overhung with jungly ferns. Sarcastically, it was whereas exploring a bit that the Earl rightly calls “the land that point forgot” that we felt most rewilded. Nature was moving into the youngsters, capturing their focus. Unprompted, they began monitoring bug life, gathering sticks, roaming additional on their very own.I’d suggest going to the wild spa even with out the occasions, it’s that specialLike something with saintly intentions, it’s simple to level out just a few inconsistencies and niggles – the very fact the Badger’s Den snack bar sells Haribo and pot noodles, that night leisure began a bit late for teenagers at 8pm, some periods had been cancelled, and whereas scrumptious, the Crimson Moon stall’s meals (aubergine curry and dal) wasn’t very child-friendly. And it was a disgrace there have been no talks about founder Huw Williams’ mission, Wilderlands, which goals to rewild an space of temperate rainforest in Scotland and the South Downs, which these occasions assist elevate cash for.However this can be a new idea discovering its ft in a tough 12 months. As an entire, it was a beautiful, slow-paced immersion in a stupendous setting, with sufficient clever programming to tickle the neurons in a healthful means. We seemed again on a peaceable, rewarding weekend, and solely needed to take into account the state of the children: relaxed, caked in mud, pleasure rekindled, to understand what it’s all about. The journey was supplied by Wild Weekends, which run till 20 September. Weekend tickets from £150 for adults, £60 children aged 4-16, under-3s free. Saturday ticket with tenting £95 for adults, £55 children (with out tenting it’s £65/£40). Some weekends are adults solely. Glamping on the Enchanted Glade prices from £155 an evening for a tipi sleeping two adults and two kids; the wild spa is £45 for 2 hours for six individuals