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Subsidised Hill and Moorland Leader Training Course
The Alpkit Foundation are offering 6 people the chance to undertake the Mountain Training Hill and Moorland leader training course at a hugely subsidised rate.  This is an intensive skills course and typically would be well over £200 per person, but with a bursary from the Alpkit Foundation they can offer places for £100.  So
#WinterResidentials
Here at Thornbridge Outdoors we firmly believe that visits can be highly successful whatever the time of year – with each season giving many opportunities for valuable life skills to be learnt – which is why the centre operates throughout the year. Over the last few weeks hundreds of visiting pupils have been having a
What’s been going on, improvements and general news
General News During the winter we have completed some planned works to the Farm House male bathroom, although not revolutionary (tricky to do anything with the shape of the room and being a grade II listed building) it has certainly improved the cosmetic looks and is more appealing to the eye than it has been
Courses for 2019 – Walking, Mountain Biking & More
Hill & Moorland Leader Courses Are you interested in being able to lead groups on the hills and moorlands of the UK including the Peak District, Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Yorkshire Dales and the Cheviots?  We still have limited spaces available on our HML Assessment course on the 4th – 6th of May.  For more information regarding
Book Your 2019/2020 Residential Visits
If you haven’t booked your school’s residential visit for the next academic year please get in touch with us to explore the many options available – including fully instructed, part instructed, accommodation only, fully catered, self catering and more – book soon to make sure you don’t miss out. We have a small amount of
❄ Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ❄
The centre is quiet this week as schools are busy with Christmas fairs, nativity shows and carol singing – we hope that everybody is having a fantastic time. As strange as a quiet centre seems to us – we’re used to it bustling with excited groups – we’re making the most of it by making some
Plan Ahead – School Residential Visit Prices Released Up To March 2021
To help schools plan and budget for their upcoming residential visit we have released the residential ‘bundle’ prices for April 2019 – March 2020 and April 2020 – March 2021.  Having reviewed our approach to pricing we will be introducing High, Low and Peak seasons where the core price of the ‘bundle’ will be different.  The dates
The Department for Education’s (DfE) has released new Guidance on Health and safety on educational visits. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-safety-on-educational-visits/health-and-safety-on-educational-visits The guidance, which links to Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel National Guidance, also endorses the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom’s LOtC Quality Badge, the national accreditation which ensures providers have the appropriate safety standards and liability insurance in place. We
Outdoor First Aid
Our next two Outdoor First Aid courses are now full.  If you need to renew or want to gain the qualification for the first time, please book onto our course on 24-25 January 2019!
Salary: Grade 6 (£24,657 – £29,055) pro rata. Contract Type: Permanent. Hours Per Week: 22.12. Closing Date: 24 October 2018. This is an exciting opportunity to join the core instructor team here from January 2019. You’ll work a regular pattern of Monday – Wednesday each week to complement the existing team, with the opportunity for

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Activity 14 – Cartoon My Walk
This week, the instructors here at Thornbridge Outdoors are challenging you to illustrate a walk – either one that you’re going to go on today, or a walk that you have been on recently. You can enjoy this activity at home or at school, and it can be completed inside or outside, anything goes! Every
Activity 13 – Orienteering Second Steps
This week, the instructors here at Thornbridge Outdoors are taking your talent for orienteering to the next level, now that you’ve successfully mastered the basics. In the Second Steps challenge, the instructors are challenging you to draw and follow a dot map. This is going to be a little trickier than the shape map you
Activity 12 – Orienteering First Steps
This week, the instructors here at Thornbridge Outdoors are challenging you to learn one of the first steps towards become an orienteer, which is the art of drawing a map, and then charting your way across the map as you navigate through the territory before you. Orienteering requires good navigation skills, and navigation is a key
Activity 11 – Lava Pool
This week, the instructors here at Thornbridge Outdoors are challenging you to cross a treacherous lava pool, stepping from rock to rock to avoid falling into a pool of molten lava! You’d better tread carefully or… BANG! you’ll sink beneath the lava and the volcano will erupt. That means back to the beginning for you! The
Activity 10 – Pyramid
This week, we’re travelling back in time to Ancient Egypt to try our hand at pyramid building. The instructors here at Thornbridge Outdoors are challenging you to construct a pyramid yourself, and then imagine that you have to relocate it to avoid a sudden plague of locusts! Without breaking the key rules, how will you

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