One month until students visit for their First Night Away
In response to interest from schools during 2019, we recently launched ‘First Night Away 2020’ – an all inclusive 1 night residential visit for pupils in Y2, Y3 and Y4 who have never been on a residential visit. We look forward to enabling younger pupils to experience an outdoor learning residential as part of building
Fall in love with the Peak District this Valentine’s Day
Why not escape to the Peak District on the 14th February for a cosy weekend away? Our snug countryside cottage, 2 The Woodlands, is available to book for a Friday-Sunday stay over the Valentine’s Day weekend and makes a fantastic base for exploring the local area. The grandeur of Chatsworth House, the caverns at Castleton
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

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12 Days of Christmas Activities
Take on these 12 special Christmassy activities that we’ve put together to keep you busy, active, and filled with the magic of Christmas! Day 1! View/download here   Day 2! View/download here   Day 3! View/download here   Day 4! View/download here   Day 5! View/download here   Day 6! View/download here   Day 7!
Activity 22 – Rainwater Harvesting
This week, the instructors here at Thornbridge Outdoors are challenging you to help save the planet as you learn how to harvest rainwater, and then put the rainwater that you have collected to great use at home. As they say, ‘When it rains, it pours!”… but how much does it actually pour versus the tap
Activity 21 – Cross the Canyon
This week, the instructors here at Thornbridge Outdoors are challenging you to a group activity. You’re going to turn yourselves into a sort of human chess board, switching places with other players as much as the rules allow in order to solve the great problem… how do you cross the canyon?? Will your team make
Bring your family to stay and enjoy the Peak District
We are excited to say that we are reopening the accommodation at Thornbridge Outdoors! The team have been working hard to prepare the accommodation ready to welcome guests back to the centre.  We are looking forward to seeing people enjoy their stays in the Peak District again – especially as we are well aware that
Activity 20 – Leaf Bashing
This week, the instructors here at Thornbridge Outdoors are challenging you to get arty with leaves. In this activity, you’re going to head outdoors in search of the most interesting and patterned leaves that you can find. Then, when you get home, you’re going to press the leaves so that their patterns imprint onto a

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  • We’re pleased to announce new mountain bike leader training dates here at on 22 - 23 May OR 10 - 11 July 2021 The Level 2 Award enables qualified leaders to use their experience to safely guide others on off-road terrain. ,
  • If only the site was covered in the footprints of children having snowball fights and making snowmen! That said the wildlife is enjoying a relatively quiet site-just sharing it with staff who are making improvements ready for the return of guests. ,
  • ‍♂️‍♀️ If you'd like some fun outdoorsy children's activities for at home or school, then look no further... ,