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We had a great afternoon celebrating the Bard, from learning about his famous works, dancing a Strip the Willow to signing Auld Lang Syne.

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Walks in Lord Ancrum's Woods are just the tonic!

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❄️'Tha i fuar' (ha ee foo-arr) It's cold
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The latest news from Newbattle Abbey College



Monday 17 October 2022 (two sessions)

Join us to explore the woodland of Newbattle Abbey College using different senses. Learn about the wildlife that lives in the woods, and use natural materials to create some woodland art.


If you have any questions about this event, please email





This workshop is offered in two sessions: 10 am to 12 noon and 1.30 pm to 3.30pm. Please indicate your preferred session when you book.

Meeting place

Meet in front of main building Newbattle Abbey College

Additional information

Wear suitable footwear and warm and waterproof clothing. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Toilets available on site. Suitable for ages 8–12 years.




on Friday 23 Sept 2022, 10.30am to 12pm

As we approach the autumn equinox we invite you to join us for this introduction to Woodland Yoga within the beautiful setting of Lord Ancrum’s Wood.


Weaving in the five pathways to nature connection – contact, beauty, meaning, emotion and compassion – with the seasonal cycle of the autumn equinox, you will be guided to deepen your connection to the natural world, turning your attention away from the outward action of summer towards contemplation and inner reflection of autumn. Settling into stillness through meditation, gentle asanas (postures), pranayama (breathwork) mantra, journalling and, of course, nature.


Adult £15, Concession £10 (60+, students, unemployed and/or receiving state benefits)

Refund policy

We ask that you get in touch at least 7 days prior to the event if you are unable to attend.


The event takes place in the beautiful setting of Lord Ancrum's Wood. (If the weather does not permit us to be outdoors, we will move into the Forest College Outdoor Learning Hub).

Meeting point

At the bridge beside the entrance to Lord Ancrum’s Woods at 10.15 am.

What to bring and wear

Please bring your own yoga mat and blanket (to keep you cosy during Savasana). You may also wish to bring any other equipment you have and like to use to support your yoga practice – such as blocks, belts, cushions. Bottle of water, journal and a pen. Wear loose, comfortable layers to ensure you can move freely and easily, but are also warm.

Suitable for all levels, including beginners.



on Saturday 24 Sept 2022, 10am to 1pm

It’s a good time to collect roots and herbs to dry for the winter. Join ecologist Ian Edwards for a walk along the river bank and into the woods in search of wild and unusual flavours from nature’s larder. The majority of the workshop will be a gentle to moderate walk around the grounds on well defined paths. Enjoy some tasting along the way!

Workshop cost

Adults £22.50. Concession £17.50 (60+, students, unemployed or receiving state benefits). The workshop is not suitable for children.


We recommend wearing sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing and to bring your own bottle of water. Toilet facilities are available on site.


Meet outside the Outdoor Learning Hub at the back of the college. Follow the road round to the back of the college. The Learning Hub is located next to the Bee Academy in the overflow carpark.

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course now full

The Forest and Outdoor Learning Award is about working in the forest and outdoor environment  to gain leadership skills and to lead outdoor learning. We regret that the course starting in August 2022 is now full.


However, we are operating a waiting list for enquiries for next year’s course, starting in spring 2023.

HNC Horticulture

Do you see your future in Horticulture?

Our new course, HNC Horticulture, is delivered in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Argyll and uses the beautiful college grounds as a base for practical work.

Taught by specialist and experienced lecturers, this project-based and practical course provides an industry-relevant qualification in commercial horticulture.


Forest College and Outdoor Leadership (SCQF Level 8) starting August 2022

Published: 28th June 2022 Forest College and Outdoor Leadership starts in August 2022 and will comprise of the following blocks: Block 1: Fri 26 – Sun 28 Aug 2022 (inc) Block 2: Fri 7 – Sun 9 Oct 2022 (inc) Block 3: Sat 3 – Sun 4 June 2023 The course is about working in the forest and outdoor environment to gain leadership skills and to lead outdoor learning as well as becoming a fully qualified practitioner. For more information, see Outdoor Learning Leadership. Or contact: or 0131 663 1921