We are lucky to be able to work with a variety of associates in our local area and beyond; they use our venues for their own activities and in some cases are also on the supplier list for our bespoke events packages. Find out more about them below…
Dave Buscombe – Dave and Ewe
Dave and Ewe is a mobile farm that shares our space at Highway Hill, featuring rabbits, ducks, goats, sheep, alpacas, and more. All the animals are trained to interact safely and gently with children, elderly people, and disabled people, and Dave uses them to educate the people he works with about animals and to encourage them to think about kindness and care for other creatures. He is increasingly getting commissions from the council to work with children and young people with behavioural difficulties or special educational needs. Most of his animals are friendly and inquisitive and you will probably come across some of them during your visit to Highway Hill! Dave and his colleague Chloe now offer animal sessions as add-ons for our overnight guests and these have been extremely popular.
Pippa is a gardener, child development practitioner, and founder of Mossy Green Kids. In her work with children, she uses her own curious and compassionate mind, plus horticulture and interactions with the outside world, to encourage children to play, explore, and learn. She is currently working on an exciting project next to Highway Hill called The Secret Garden Community Project, which will be a purpose-built, child-centred space in which to do her work with kids who are struggling at school; watch this space for more developments on that front, and contact Pippa if you would like to make a donation to The Secret Garden or volunteer your time to support the project.
Aim on the Plain Activities Ltd offers outdoor and woodland activities for children and adults, particularly archery, bushcraft, mountain biking, and survival skills. Owner Kevin Whitehorn has held many successful holiday camps and children’s birthday parties in Potters Wood and has lots more dates booked in. He also offers packages for our bespoke events and overnight guests. Bringing a practical, fun, and sensible approach to team building and risk-taking in the woodland, Kev is a great addition to our growing Highway Hill community!
Catherine has held several short and long yoga retreats at Highway Hill – in fact, she held the first ever public event that we ever hosted. She has a gentle and down-to-earth approach to yoga and meditation and works hard to ensure that her teaching is comfortable and accessible for everyone regardless of experience, ability, age, or body type. When she isn’t bringing her own style of mental and emotional wellbeing to Highway Hill at her seasonal day retreats, she teaches regular classes at her new home in Stroud.
Heather is our close neighbour in her lovely B&B, Witcomb Farm House, which is about 1.5 miles away from Highway Hill. She is also an excellent cook and caters for some of our events at Highway Hill, as well as providing the buy-in menu for our overnight guests (which can be found here). She provides hearty, home-cooked food with natural ingredients, and always gets great feedback from those who have used her services.
Helen spent many years as a corporate lawyer before following her heart and training as a teacher of AYP (Advanced Yoga Practices) yoga in 2017. AYP is a full scope yoga school with an emphasis on meditation as well as physical postures. Since qualifying Helen, who is based locally, has taught weekly classes and offered yoga days, mostly in Broad Hinton. She is excited to now offer day retreats at Highway Hill. We are really pleased to have her on board!
Wafaa is well-known in the area and her big personality means that her business, Dancing Flavours, is extremely popular. Through Dancing Flavours, Wafaa teaches belly dancing and cooks delicious Lebanese food, always aiming to spread knowledge and cultural awareness about her home country of Lebanon. She has catered several parties at Highway and offers belly dancing classes and Lebanese food cultural experiences to our overnight guests and corporate clients.