After many failed attempts, due to unusually bad weather, we finally managed to put on a 'kindness retreat' for Marymount School at the Hazelhut. Organised brilliantly by Ann and her team, we enjoyed the fruits of working with a group of keen and caring grade 5s.
They carried out a range of activities including a thought provoking version of 'Jenga', cookie making for family members and painting rocks with reminders of how important it is to care for others. We can't wait to do it all again with Grade 4!
What a great time we had celebrating the birthdays of 2 of these girls 10 days ago!
Since it was a wet and windy day, we toasted marshmallows in the kitchen, then made key rings in the art room.
We discovered that these girls can sing like angels during a karaoke session.
Their generosity, friendship and love of celebration carried on for the cake and gifts too. May all your birthdays be so joyful, girls!
Thank you to the students from the New school early years for coming to the Hazelhut to learn about winter. We really enjoyed showing you the garden and the woodlands and helping you to notice all the signs of winter.
We were very impressed with your knowledge and creative skills when we made a frieze of some of the things you saw on the walk.
We were also very impressed with your English language skills and super manners - you are welcome back any time!
The next birthday of the year was celebrated yesterday for a Lazio fan who asked for a football themed event.
This was no problem for the Hazelhut, with our own referee, James ready for action. The children enjoyed a half hour mini football match as the sun went down, followed by food, cake presents and plenty of time to play with friends!
This lovely group of kids were so enthusiastic, friendly and kind; we hope they will come back to see us again at the Hazelhut.
It was wonderful to welcome our first birthday girl of the new year yesterday. She and her friends enjoyed the full Hazelhut experience of art, craft, games and a treasure hunt and we thank the family for choosing the Hazelhut for this event. Don't forget to let us know if your child would like to celebrate their birthday at the Hazelhut!
To all the kind people who came to the Hazelhut today to support our fundraiser for pigs and bees in 2018; thank you so much.
Thank you for buying our homemade goods,
Thank you for sharing food and drink
And most of all thank you for your warm, positive company: what a wonderful day! Merry Christmas everyone and all the best for 2018!
And what does this time of year mean to us?
...baking with friends....
....Decorating the tree...
...Playing in the cold...
...and in the warmth!
Making gifts for our family members.....
....and no Christmas event is complete without a visit from Father Christmas!
Don't miss our other festive events next weekend and on 17th December!
We were very happy to welcome one of our youngest Hazelhutters to celebrate his 6th birthday at the Hazelhut yesterday. We had a great time, playing games, doing art and eating treats with him and his 20+ friends!
Thank you for choosing us as your birthday venue. We hope to see you and your friends again soon.
We were so happy to welcome back the students of St. Dominic's school to share a very British festival with them.
Last Sunday was Bonfire Night in the UK - a time when we remember the attempt of Guy Fawkes and his men to blow up the house of Lords and kill the king!
Our first activity was to create small figurines of this historical character by following English instructions - as you can see, the students did this very well!
Then we involved the children in a dramatic retelling of the story.
Of course bonfire day needs a bonfire, so we headed off to get some wood and to start the fire.
Once it was up and running, the fire was a great heater for us to enjoy our lunch by. Then, just when we least needed it, the sun came out for our firework display!
We want to thank the teachers and students from St. Dominic's for their energy, enthusiasm and willingness to have a go. We hope to see you all again soon!
It was hard to tell the Hazelhut and Hogwarts apart today as the children headed for the woods with the 'broomstick professor'.
Once they had collected choice materials, they headed to the house for a lesson in broom construction.
They listened carefully to instruction and tried hard with the construction, but broom making was harder than we thought!
By lunchtime everyone had their broom made and we all tucked in to a delicious Hazelhut garden pasta al pomodoro, followed by a game of 'Dicing with Spice' where we had to roll a die to gain a chocolate skull, with just one problem... one of them was spiked with chili pepper!!
In the afternoon what could we do, but have a big old game of quidditch?! Teams ready?
Snitch in? Go!
What a great weekend! Thanks for coming everyone and happy Hallowe'en!