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We are proud to be supporting the Learning Away Brilliant Residentials campaign to encourage more schools to take their children on residential trips.  Learning Away have been researching what makes a brilliant residential and have published their findings on the Learning Away website.  There are also free resources to use and case studies to read. You can
An Exciting Development…
The building of a new outdoor classroom with specialist accommodation. After several years of planning and preparations, including months of newt catching (honestly!) building is now well underway. On the site of our old, and underused, stables building a new building is being constructed that will include: an outdoor classroom – a great space with
If you have completed a booking/contact form on our website since 27 June, please can you re-submit it.  We have had a technical problem with the forms meaning they have not come through to us, even though you get a ‘successful’ message.  Sorry for the inconvenience caused.
“Move More is Sheffield’s physical activity strategy, which aims to help Sheffield become the most active city in the UK by 2020.  Partners include the Sheffield City Council, the NHS, activity and wellbeing providers, businesses and individuals who all want to make it easier for people to be physically active. This July will see the community coming together to discover new activities with
Farm House Increased Capacity
We have been busy making improvements on site and this includes updating most of the bunk beds in the Farm House.  This has enabled us to increase the number of beds to 38 from 31, but the building capacity will be capped at 34.  This will allow groups more flexibility when staying in the Farm House,
Peakender Festival 2016
The Thornbridge Brewery Peakender is over for 2016 and despite the weather it was another successful event run on our grounds.  We once again provided outdoor activities for both children and adults including: Bike & Abseiling – Riding down the Monsal Trail to Miller’s Dale viaduct and abseiling 60ft off the bridge. Sky Ropes – Climbing
The video from the Sheffield Schools Bouldering Competition 2016 is now live on BMC TV.  Check it out and let us know what you think.
Facility Improvements
We are always striving to improve and have been busy working on the facilities we offer to make staying here more comfortable and enjoyable. Whilst it’s great to have a number of large buildings and an extensive site it certainly takes some maintaining and can be complicated to improve – especially within the confines of a conservation area
We are all set for our market place stand and to deliver a bouldering workshop for the Derbyshire County Council Learning Outside the Classroom conference tomorrow. If you are attending be sure to say hi!
Teepee Village
We have been putting the Teepee Village back together after the winter season!  We are even trialling some new ground matting for more comfort…come and try them yourselves!

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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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