Forest Stacks

What is Forest Stacks?

Forest Stacks is an exciting new community building initiative based in Garvagh Forest. We’re working with an excellent team of artists, architects, apprentices, and local people to create temporary public spaces for everyone to use in the forest. A part of the Playstacks initiative, Forest Stacks also contributes to the Garvagh Peoples Forest Project which is currently creating value in the forest with and for local people enhancing the forest, community life and well-being.

Community well-being is at the centre of this project, aiming to use the spaces as a celebratory, community-led gathering place for local people. We believe in the transformative power of gathering through creative cultural activity. When people come together to work collectively, to share aspects of their culture and creative expression, they can create something valuable for themselves and their community.

Forest Stacks provides that temporary space of meaning, like an extension of the kitchen table involving conversation, food, craft, making, designing, building, storytelling and performance  – very often touching on journeys, belonging, faith and creativity.

How can you get involved in Forest Stacks?

We’re calling on all creative citizens, volunteers and local people to get involved in the project. We want to give local people the opportunity to try out designs and building processes and present creative responses to the idea of creating temporary spaces in the forest.

Whether you’re a woodworker, a crafter, a painter, or a dab hand at DIY, if you can give time and creative energy, or have an interest and are willing to learn, we want to hear from you!

Forest Stacks is a practical, hands on project and it is about creating something truly unique in Garvagh Forest.

The project will be active over the Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring leading towards a huge celebration in Garvagh People’s Forest in the Spring of 2019.

For more information and to register your interest fill out our simple form.

Or if you want to chat to someone from our team, get in touch at

Join us for an open information session about the project in The Pantry Cafe, Garvagh this September.

To get a flavour of the project, come along to our open information session where we will be brainstorming, creating and making, with lots of cake!

Hampsey Harp School


Harp Lessons are available for children aged 6+. Cost of a lesson is £10.00 and each lesson is on a one to one basis for 30mins. Harp rental is £30 per term.
For further information contact Claire on 02829557325



Every Wednesday at 7.00pm in Garvagh Community Building

SmartPoints is a simple counting system and it’s really easy to use. It nudges you towards nutritious, healthier foods so that you eat better, feel better, have more energy AND lose weight. Now that’s what we call smart!

Call Collette: 07710697945

The Diamond Club

Recommences on Wednesday 12th September 2018

The Diamond Club is a club for the over 50s to meet and listen to guest speakers every 2nd Wednesday in Garvagh Community Building at 2.30pm

New Members Welcome.


Monday Morning Art Class

Monday 10th September 2018
10.30am to 12.30pm
Cost: £50.00 for 12weeks
Under the guidance of local working artist Louie Winward come along and enjoy this 12 week class. Suitable for all abilities. Booking Essential


Speech and Drama Classes

Every Saturday morning commencing on Saturday 15th September 2018
9am to 1pm
Speech and Drama is held on Saturday mornings and the children are taught in small groups for an hour. Children will have the opportunity to work towards exams and participate in local festivals. For further details please contact Rita McVeigh on 02870832061.  Cost £5.00 per child

Nature and Wellbeing Training

This is an introductory training in Nature, Health and Wellbeing for those interested in working with people in nature.
It will introduce the developments in this sector, some theoretical underpinnings from eco-psychology & wellbeing, Nature Based Mindfulness, outdoor skills, nature based facilitation methods and personal nature connection.
You can camp and there are some indoor spaces. This is supported by Making local Woods work and therefore only costs £50.

See picture for details of contacts.

Volunteers required

We need helpers on the 4th August 12-4 pm, if you are available please get in touch.

Garvagh’s Time Travel Festival

We’re really excited to announce Garvagh Forest’s Time Travel Festival this year running from Friday 3rd August – Saturday 4th August. Come along and spread the word!

3rd August – Stone Soup Gathering in the Beechwood learning about how the Forest has been shaped over 1000s of years. Try your hand at Foraging, Fun and Food and contribute to cooking the Stone Soup. Booking is essential. 7.30 – 9.00 pm

4th August – Family adventure through time in the Forest finding Garvagh’s Lost Coins and returning them to the town. Start of the journey at Forest Carpark, off the A29. 12.00 – 4.00 pm (last ‘journey’ at 3.00 pm)

Garvagh Forest Strollers

Garvagh Forest Strollers Group (aka Beginners’ Walking Group) is starting up again on Thursday 7th June and running every Thursday thereafter. Meet at Garvagh Community Building @9.30 am. Open to all wishing to take it slowly through the forest.

Garvagh Forest Youth Club

Garvagh Forest Youth Club runs on a monthly basis, on the last Saturday of the month from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. It is open to all 9-14 year olds and costs £5 per young person. Registration essential.

Garvagh Forest Summer Scheme

Afternoon Summer Scheme in Garvagh Forest for 9-14 year olds. Activities will include simple bushcraft, wood-craft, forest art, story-telling and finishing with a party on the Friday to which parents are invited to. £30 for the week. Registration is essential contact Karin on 07966202184. Summer Scheme starts on Monday 23rd July and runs to Friday 25th July from  2pm to 5pm each day.

5K Fun Run in Garvagh Forest

You might not feel like it tonight but here’s something to look forward to on 12th May in the middle of the bluebells and the beginning of Spring. Great family event to begin getting fit for.

For further information please contact Garvagh Community Building on 02829557325, Via Garvagh Community Building’s facebook page or email

Crochet Classes

Come along to this 6 week crochet workshop suitable for all abilities and become hooked!  Class commences on Saturday 14th April 2018 from 10.30am to 12.30pm in Garvagh Community Building.  Cost £30 per person for 6weeks.  Materials required 7mm crochet hook and some chunky/DK wool.  For further information and to book a place please contact 02829557325, Garvagh Community Building Facebook page or email

Forest Youth Club

Our first Forest Youth Club with Bryan Moore. Open to all young people 10 years old and up. Registration is essential please contact Garvagh Community Building on 02829557325, via Facebook or email

Make Up Workshop

The “Make Up Workshop” is returning to the Garvagh Community Building(GADDA centre) on Saturday 28th April 2018 – starting at 11am until 2pm – investment £20….This is a very relaxed morning/afternoon where you can take along your own make up and learn some tricks of the make up world……come along and see how to perfect a natural make up look (the less is more look…without the massive eyebrow trend) and then how to apply a beautiful natural eye make up & an fresh evening look which will have you all ready for the summer!! Booking is essential as numbers per workshop are limited – so please get in touch via Facebook or ring/text Martina on 07845342029!!!💄💄💄

Teenage Make up Morning

Teenage Make up Morning with Martina Mullan make up artist on Saturday 20th January 2018 from 11am to 2pm in Garvagh Community Building.
Teenagers love to experiment with make up …. this workshop is aimed at younger “Makeup Enthusiasts” in an effort to help them achieve the correct skills to apply cosmetics.
One fun-filled workshop learning how to perfect your makeup:
Create a perfect foundation base
How to apply concealers correctly
Tips on Contouring and Highlighting
Applying natural/smokey eye makeup
Perfecting the perfect pout
Please feel free to bring alone your own makeup bag/products if you wish.
Booking is essential cost of workshop is £4 per person
To book a place please contact Claire on 02829557325, via facebook or email

Garvagh Christmas Tree Festival

CHRISTMAS EVENT: Christmas Tree Festival 2017
This is set to be a wonderful event in support of Cancer Research UK.

Garvagh Committee for Cancer Research UK invite you and your friends to a Christmas Tree Festival in Garvagh Community Building, 85 Main Street, Garvagh BT51 5AB.  The event will be opened on Friday 1st December 2017 by Maurice Bradley MLA at 4pm.  Festival opening hours are Friday 1st December 2017 4pm to 9.30pm , Saturday 2nd December 2017 11am to 9pm and Monday 4th December 2017 11am to 9pm.  Voluntary donations – all proceeds to CRUK.  Refreshments will be served.


Anyone fancy a go at ‘unplugged woodworking ‘? Even better, learning about it in a forest! I’m teaming up with the wonderful folks at Garvagh people’s forest to run a five week course where you can learn how to use old school hand tools to make things from reclaimed wood. We’ll learn about the tools, basic woodworking techniques, and lots of ideas for recycling wood. Projects will include making phone stands, a bench, and hazel walking sticks.
If you would be interested, more details are on the flyer.

5 week course every Saturday commencing on Saturday 20th January and running until Saturday 17th February 2017  from 10.30am to 12.30pm.  Booking is essential.  To book a place please contact Claire on 02829557325 or email  The cost of the 5 week course is £20.00

Garvagh’s Winter Lantern Walk

#GarvaghPeoplesForest Garvagh’s Winter Lantern Walk on Thursday 21st December from 6.30-8.00 pm. Booking is essential. For further information or to book a place please contact Claire on 02829557325 or email