J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre

Set in the extensive and beautiful Ecclesall Woods, the J.G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre is named after the Sheffield philanthropist who helped Sheffield Corporation (now the City Council) purchase Ecclesall Woods in 1927.

The centre has a striking contemporary design crafted from wooden materials that blend with the natural landscape and is the perfect indoor/outdoor facility for a wide variety of events and is also available to hire.

It is also a great place from which to start a visit to Ecclesall Woods, with information about the woods and a variety of free resources available from the main building. 

You are welcome to rest a while in the central atrium with its glazed seating area overlooking a wildlife pond and bird feeding station, while the Woodland Coffee Stop is also on hand providing refreshments and snacks.

Additional Information

Regular events take place here such as the Woodland Toddler Group, Growtheatre, yoga and mediation classes, health walks and the weekly ‘Wood Run’.

Ecclesall Woods craft courses are based at the Woodland Discovery Centre and teach a wide range of skills from bronze smelting to walking stick making and spoon carving.

The Sheffield Beekeepers’ Association is based here and their honey can be purchased in the main building.

Each year there are two major seasonal day-long events: Spring in the Woods in April and Feast in the Forest in October.

These free popular events are for all the family and include free guided walks, nature activities for children, stalls hosted by local environmental groups and the opportunity to buy traditionally-made woodland products made on site.

Accessibility Information

Disabled toilets, Credit cards accepted (no fee), Baby changing facilities, Children welcome, Grounds for outdoor activities, Free Parking, Smoking not allowed, Accepts groups, Coach parties accepted