Today’s Business of Bath Q&A features Charlotte Lucas, co-founder and owner of the brilliant forest school nursery, Free Rangers.


Where are you based and what do you do?

In Welton, just off of Midsomer Norton, 25 minutes outside of Bath. Free Rangers is a 92 place Forest School Nursery that offers childcare for 50 weeks of the year for children from 6 months to 5 years. Forest School is a key approach to learning which underpins the Free Rangers ethos and is incorporated into our daily planning.

At Free Rangers we believe that a child’s happiness is the foundation upon which learning is built. Our highly qualified staff nurture every child’s self-esteem and self-confidence to ensure they embrace the opportunities on offer at Free Rangers.

What inspired you to start your business?

I was a teacher for 14 years and although I loved my job, once I had completed my forest school training I began to truly believe traditional, formalised education in this country is not want our children need.

What do you love about running a business in Bath?   

Although we are located just outside of Bath, I love the mix of country and culture that Bath and the surrounding countryside provide.

You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?

Society Café – the baristas are always happy to help and advise you on the next coffee you need to taste! Or The Loft – what’s not to love? Amazing food with a carefully curated shopping experience adjoined.

Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch?

The Loft 

Which bar do you head to after a tough day?

The Canary Gin Bar. When you visit this place you come away feeling that you know something more about the best drink in the world. It’s also beautifully presented.

Tell us about another Bath business you love and why?

Atelier Nursery and Snapdragons Nursery. Started by women with a brilliant learning ethos. We always share exciting new ideas or support each other regularly.

What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?

Get to know other local businesses, even if they are in the same field as you. Helping and supporting each other will make us all stronger and build a better community of businesses.