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Brilliant Residentials
Here at Thornbridge Outdoors we are supporters of Learning Away’s Brilliant Residentials campaign, whose vision is for more children and young people to enjoy residentials and the life changing experiences they offer. Learning Away spent five years working with 60 schools to get a clear picture of what high-quality residential learning is and have coined the phrase ‘Brilliant
Study Based Getaways
How about combining revision/project work with outdoor activities​ and/or using our accommodation and meeting spaces for distraction free study to create a brilliant residential that helps students to achieve the best that they can? Examples to date: A focused music practice weekend for secondary school students. A ‘revision camp’ with a mixture of outdoor activity sessions and teacher led revision sessions. A university screen
CBBC – Our School
Our instructors Martin and Cath was part of an episode of Our School filmed by the BBC.  The episode featured Firth Park Academy going on a canoeing trip, you can see how they got on by watching the episode on BBC iPlayer!
Start of a new academic year
We hope everyone has had a great summer holiday, here at Thornbridge Outdoors we have hit the ground running this academic year.  Already we have trained 42 school staff in first aid, run an INSET day for 3 different schools totalling around 200 school staff and had our first school residential of the year arrive
Professional Photos
We have had professional photographer Phil Sproson in to take some new photos of our accommodation buildings which highlight all the changes and improvements we have made recently.  Along with updating our floor plans and creating a new interactive site map; you can almost visit our site before you arrive! Check out our indoor accommodation
New building is now open!
Our new building which has been named ‘Woodlands‘ has been finished and is now open for bookings.  The building was designed from the ground up to cater for groups which include those with additional needs and is located with fantastic views down the field and into mature woodland. We have finished furnishing the building with specially
Did you watch BBC Countryfile last night?  They were working with one of our instructors Claire, bouldering in the beautiful Peak District not far from our centre; shame about the weather!  Our location in the Peak District gives you access to high quality climbing crags and caves.  You can also book one of our instructors for a
The BMC and DMM are teaming up to give youngsters the opportunity to take the step from indoor to out, with the first youth meet weekend being organised at the Climbers’ Club hut, The Downes Hut, located just beneath the excellent gritstone edge, Froggatt. Organised for young climbers (12-17-years-old), wanting to make the step from indoor walls
John Muir Award in Schools – One Day Course
This one-day (09.30-15.30) introductory course is for teachers, head teachers, classroom assistants, pupil support and youth workers, community learning staff, and all who support outdoor learning. It explores the relevant skills, knowledge and approaches needed for delivering the John Muir Award in a schools/education/curriculum context. The John Muir Award is suitable from upper primary level
Book for Christmas & New Year 2017
We hope you had a great Christmas and New Year in 2016 and we are already looking forward to Christmas and New Year 2017! If you would like a building with enough space to accommodate a big get together for all of the family then book our Lodge (sleeps 38) and/or Farm House (sleeps 38, dining room

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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

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