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High quality outdoor education experiences delivering the best outcomes

By utilising our excellent site, fantastic location and experienced staff we aim to get the most from any residential here.  Designing a programme starts with the visit leader letting us know what they hope to achieve during their stay – their outcomes – which become central to the planning of and the residential itself.

Outdoor education experiences can be tailored to many different outcomes including:

  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Enabling students to enjoy and achieve in school – and hopefully later life
  • Boosting self-esteem
  • Experiencing new things
  • Fostering independence
  • Experiencing challenge
  • Experiencing outdoor and adventurous activities (as per the curriculum)
  • Developing team working skills

Our instructors are experienced in not only providing fun experiences, but also in adapting and tailoring them to match the group’s needs, the aims of the visit and variables such as the weather.  To ensure the high quality of what we provide we work with groups of up to 12 young people and generally run activities over sessions of 3 hours to get the most from them.

Flexible programming

There is no set programme, we encourage and support visiting staff to take an active role organising and running activities during their visit.  Whilst we can deliver all activities during a visit more commonly visiting staff will lead certain activities.  We believe that by delivering activities the visiting staff become central to the young people’s experiences and therefore build upon these more strongly back at school.

Our residentials are commonly over 3 or 5 days, although both longer and shorter visits are possible.  Our central location means that most groups can be at the centre and be doing activities by 11am on their first day and are busy doing activities until lunchtime (or later) on their last day – maximising what they get from their visit.  Why wait until you arrive before activities begin – we’ll support groups who choose to use public transport to get here.  Getting a train to Grindleford, having your luggage collected and then walking to the centre can be a great way to start your residential on a high.

Our Residential Bundles

To aid visit planning and budgeting we have an inclusive approach to prices for school’s residential visits here called ‘bundles’.  The final price paid will be:

  • the ‘bundle’ price (per pupil)
  • + any evening instruction
  • + any catering support chosen (per pupil)
  • + any additional costs opted for

The ‘bundle’ price is based upon visit length, accommodation to be used and the number of instructed sessions of activities per pupil. The initial minimum number of pupils to pay for will be on your booking form, although this may be raised depending on the number of activity groups that you require.

Prior to your visit

During your visit

  • Accommodation & facilities
    • Welcome by centre staff, assistance with handing out wellies and waterproofs and a site familiarisation on the morning of day one.
    • Your accommodation from late afternoon on day one to 10am on your departure day.
    • Up to 4 staff places per accommodation building booked (Lodge, Farm House and Base Camp), once the minimum number is met.
    • Room/space on arrival and departure days.
    • Shared use of our grounds.
    • Kitchen items – oven gloves, bin bags, tea towels, washing up liquid, washing up scourers, cloths.
  • Instructed activities
    • Instructed sessions – number as per the bundle chosen.
    • Use of relevant activity equipment e.g. harnesses, helmets etc.
    • Minibus transport to and from instructor led activities offsite (for up to 2 offsite activities)
  • Equipment
    • Use of a waterproof jacket and pair of wellies per person.
    • Mountain bike hire for 1 session for each person during the visit.
    • Use of resources and equipment for visiting staff led activities, including orienteering maps, low ropes course & problem solving equipment.
  • Other
    • A piece of homemade flapjack (or similar) each day.
    • Use of Wi-Fi onsite.
    • Thornbridge Outdoors postcard per pupil.

The following are not included:

  • Transport to and from Thornbridge Outdoors.
  • Insurance – we recommend that groups take out insurance that covers medical, cancellation and loss.
  • Food and catering – unless you have chosen one of our catering options (see Catering section below).
  • Water bottle – please ask all children and staff to bring a water bottle to refill each day

The majority of visiting groups choose to do visiting staff led activities, such as the nightline, a nightwalk and campfires, during the evening and we provide resources and ideas to support these.  Some groups opt to book an instructor / some instructors for an evening session, which is typically 6pm-9pm.  Popular options include booking an instructor to:

  • Run a series of 60 minute bouldering wall sessions whilst the rest of the group do teacher led activities.
  • Lead an evening or, depending on the time of year, ‘night’ walk.  The instructor can then prepare and light a campfire before they leave at 9pm, but you’ll need to lead your own singing….

You have the choice to self cater during your visit using our full equipped kitchens or to buy catering support.  Catering support is provided by external catering companies and is subject to availability, please let us know as soon as possible whether you require this for your visit.  We offer two different catering support options, ‘Shop and prep’ and ‘Fully done’.  The details of these and meal choices can be found on our catering page.

Bundle

Staying in our indoor accommodation

 Number of instructed sessions
1248
2 day visits£52.50
3 day visits£75£84.50£103
5 day visits£121.50£140£177

Staying in our Teepee Village

 Number of instructed sessions
1248
2 day visits£44.50
3 day visits£58.50£68£86.50
5 day visits£88.50£107£144

Catering

Costs are per pupil (up to 4 staff places included per accommodation building booked, minimum of 20 people to pay for, smaller groups please get in touch for catering costs).  Catering for additional staff members (over and above those included within the booking) is as per the ‘Pupils in Y7 and above’ prices in the table.

 Foundation stage - year 6 pupilsPupils in year 7 and above
Shop and PrepFully doneShop and PrepFully done
2 day visits£14£18£16£20
3 day visits£28£36£32£40
5 day visits£56£72£64£80

Activity bolt ons

An extra instructed activity session:

  • £9 per pupil

Evening bouldering wall session (approx 1 hour of bouldering per group):

  • £4.50 per pupil

Evening local walk led by one of our instructors, assisted by school staff, in a group of up to 30 young people:

  • £4.50 per pupil

Bike hire for an additional session (one already included within each bundle):

  • £6 per pupil

Facilitated local day walk – a day walk from the centre led by one of our instructors, assisted by school staff, in a group of up to 30 young people.   The instructor will route find, share their knowledge of the countryside and involve the group in interactive activities on the way:

  • £8 per pupil

Additional costs

Additional staff member accommodation (over and above those included within the booking):

  • £12.25 per person per night in the Lodge or Farm House
  • £8.25 per person per night camping.

Pupils visiting for the day (to join their peers who are staying):

  • £10 per pupil per day if only participating in visiting staff led activities
  • £18 per day if participating in any instructor led activities

Please note that the maximum group size for instructed activities is 12.

Use of the Base Camp kitchen and dining room for Farm House and Lodge groups (subject to availability):

  • £50 per day

A Thornbridge Outdoors plastic water bottle (we recommend that your pupils bring their own reuseable bottle if they can):

  • £1.50 each

Bundle

Staying in our indoor accommodation

 Number of instructed sessions
1248
2 day visits£65
3 day visits£92.50£102£120.50
5 day visits£146.50£165£202

Staying in our Teepee Village

 Number of instructed sessions
1248
2 day visits£56.50
3 day visits£76.00£85.50£104
5 day visits£113.50£132£169

Catering

Costs are per pupil (up to 4 staff places included per accommodation building booked, minimum of 20 people to pay for, smaller groups please get in touch for catering costs).  Catering for additional staff members (over and above those included within the booking) is as per the ‘Pupils in Y7 and above’ prices in the table.

 Foundation stage - year 6 pupilsPupils in year 7 and above
Shop and PrepFully doneShop and PrepFully done
2 day visits£14£18£16£20
3 day visits£28£36£32£40
5 day visits£56£72£64£80

Activity bolt ons

An extra instructed activity session:

  • £9 per pupil

Evening bouldering wall session (approx 1 hour of bouldering per group):

  • £4.50 per pupil

Evening local walk led by one of our instructors, assisted by school staff, in a group of up to 30 young people:

  • £4.50 per pupil

Bike hire for an additional session (one already included within each bundle):

  • £6 per pupil

Facilitated local day walk – a day walk from the centre led by one of our instructors, assisted by school staff, in a group of up to 30 young people.   The instructor will route find, share their knowledge of the countryside and involve the group in interactive activities on the way:

  • £8 per pupil

Additional costs

Additional staff member accommodation (over and above those included within the booking):

  • £12.25 per person per night in the Lodge or Farm House
  • £8.25 per person per night camping.

Pupils visiting for the day (to join their peers who are staying):

  • £10 per pupil per day if only participating in visiting staff led activities
  • £18 per day if participating in any instructor led activities

Please note that the maximum group size for instructed activities is 12.

Use of the Base Camp kitchen and dining room for Farm House and Lodge groups (subject to availability):

  • £50 per day

A Thornbridge Outdoors plastic water bottle (we recommend that your pupils bring their own reuseable bottle if they can):

  • £1.50 each

Bundle

Staying in our indoor accommodation

  Number of instructed sessions
Season12345678
2 day visitsLow£42.40£50.40
High£53£63
Peak£58.30£69.30
3 day visitsLow£61£69£77£85
High£76.30£86.30£96.30£106.30
Peak£83.90£94.90£105.90£116.90
5 day visitsLow£98.20£106.20£114.20£122.20£130.20£138.20£146.20
High£122.80£132.80£142.80£152.80£162.80£172.80£182.80
Peak£135£146£157£168£179£190£201

Staying in our Teepee Village

  Number of instructed sessions
Season12345678
2 day visitsHigh£43£53
Peak£45.20£55.70
3 day visitsHigh£56.30£66.30£76.30£86.30
Peak£59.10£69.60£80.10£90.60
5 day visitsHigh£86.80£96.80£106.80£116.80£126.80£136.80£146.80
Peak£91.10£101.60£112.10£122.60£133.10£143.60£154.10

Seasons

High: 1st April 2019 – 19th May 2019
Peak: 20th May 2019 – 14th July 2019
High: 15th July 2019 – 1st December 2019
Low: 2nd December 2019 – 16th February 2020
High: 17th February 2020 – 31st March 2020

Catering

Costs are per pupil (up to 4 staff places included per accommodation building booked, minimum of 20 people to pay for, smaller groups please get in touch for catering costs).  Catering for additional staff members (over and above those included within the booking) is as per the ‘Pupils in Y7 and above’ prices in the table.

 Foundation stage - year 6 pupilsPupils in year 7 and above
Shop and prepFully doneShop and prepFully done
2 day visits£15£20£16£21
3 day visits£30£40£32£42
5 day visits£60£80£64£84

Evening sessions

Instructors cost £100 per instructor per evening.

Additional costs

Additional staff member accommodation (over and above those included within the booking):

  • £13 per person per night in the indoor accommodation
  • £8 per person per night in the Teepee Village

Pupils visiting for the day (to join their peers who are staying):

  • £10 per pupil per day if only participating in visiting staff led activities
  • £20 per day if participating in any instructor led activities

Please note that the maximum group size for instructed activities is 12.

Use of the Base Camp kitchen and dining room for Farm House and Lodge groups (subject to availability): £60 per day

For groups who choose to have more than 2 offsite activities that require minibus travel the cost of bringing in additional minibuses will be added to the booking cost. The cost involved can be confirmed at the time of arranging the programme.

A Thornbridge Outdoors plastic water bottle (we recommend that your pupils bring their own reuseable bottle if they can): £1.50 each

Bundle

Staying in our indoor accommodation

  Number of instructed sessions
Season12345678
2 day visitsLow£48.80£58
High£61£72.50
Peak£67£79.70
3 day visitsLow£70.20£79.40£88.60£97.80
High£87.70£99.20£110.70£122.20
Peak£96.50£109.10£121.80£134.40
5 day visitsLow£112.90£122.10£131.30£140.50£149.70£158.90£168.10
High£141.20£152.70£164.20£175.70£187.20£198.70£210.20
Peak£155.30£167.90£180.60£193.20£205.90£218.50£231.20

Staying in our Teepee Village

  Number of instructed sessions
Season12345678
2 day visitsHigh£49.50£61
Peak£51.90£64
3 day visitsHigh£64.70£76.20£87.70£99.20
Peak£67.90£80£92.10£104.10
5 day visitsHigh£99.80£111.30£122.80£134.30£145.80£157.30£168.80
Peak£104.80£116.80£128.90£141£153.10£165.10£177.20

Seasons

High: 1st April 2019 – 19th May 2019
Peak: 20th May 2019 – 14th July 2019
High: 15th July 2019 – 1st December 2019
Low: 2nd December 2019 – 16th February 2020
High: 17th February 2020 – 31st March 2020

Catering

Costs are per pupil (up to 4 staff places included per accommodation building booked, minimum of 20 people to pay for, smaller groups please get in touch for catering costs).  Catering for additional staff members (over and above those included within the booking) is as per the ‘Pupils in Y7 and above’ prices in the table.

 Foundation stage - year 6 pupilsPupils in year 7 and above
Shop and prepFully doneShop and prepFully done
2 day visits£15£20£16£21
3 day visits£30£40£32£42
5 day visits£60£80£64£84

Evening sessions

Instructors cost £100 per instructor per evening.

Additional costs

Additional staff member accommodation (over and above those included within the booking):

  • £13 per person per night in the indoor accommodation
  • £8 per person per night in the Teepee Village

Pupils visiting for the day (to join their peers who are staying):

  • £10 per pupil per day if only participating in visiting staff led activities
  • £20 per day if participating in any instructor led activities

Please note that the maximum group size for instructed activities is 12.

Use of the Base Camp kitchen and dining room for Farm House and Lodge groups (subject to availability): £60 per day

For groups who choose to have more than 2 offsite activities that require minibus travel the cost of bringing in additional minibuses will be added to the booking cost. The cost involved can be confirmed at the time of arranging the programme.

A Thornbridge Outdoors plastic water bottle (we recommend that your pupils bring their own reuseable bottle if they can): £1.50 each

Bundle

Staying in our indoor accommodation

  Number of instructed sessions
Season12345678
2 day visitsLow£43.70£51.90
High£54.60£64.90
Peak£60£71.40
3 day visitsLow£62.80£71.10£79.30£87.60
High£78.50£88.80£99.10£109.40
Peak£86.40£97.70£109.10£120.40
5 day visitsLow£101.10£109.40£117.60£125.90£134.10£142.30£150.60
High£126.40£136.70£147£157.30£167.60£177.90£188.20
Peak£139.10£150.40£161.70£173.10£184.40£195.70£207.10

Staying in our Teepee Village

  Number of instructed sessions
Season12345678
2 day visitsHigh£44.30£54.60
Peak£48.70£60
3 day visitsHigh£57.90£68.20£78.50£88.80
Peak£63.70£75.10£86.40£97.70
5 day visitsHigh£89.40£99.70£110£120.30£130.60£140.90£151.20
Peak£98.30£109.60£120.90£132.30£143.60£154.90£166.30

Seasons

High: 1st April 2020 – 17th May 2020
Peak: 18th May 2020 – 12th July 2020
High: 13th July 2020 – 29th November 2020
Low: 30th November 2020– 14th February 2021 (TBC)
High: 15th February 2021 – 31st March 2021 (TBC)

Catering

Catering prices will be confirmed in summer 2019.

Evening sessions

Instructors cost £100 per instructor per evening.

Additional costs

Additional staff member accommodation (over and above those included within the booking):

  • £13 per person per night in the indoor accommodation
  • £8 per person per night in the Teepee Village

Pupils visiting for the day (to join their peers who are staying):

  • £10 per pupil per day if only participating in visiting staff led activities
  • £20 per day if participating in any instructor led activities

Please note that the maximum group size for instructed activities is 12.

Use of the Base Camp kitchen and dining room for Farm House and Lodge groups (subject to availability): £60 per day

For groups who choose to have more than 2 offsite activities that require minibus travel the cost of bringing in additional minibuses will be added to the booking cost. The cost involved can be confirmed at the time of arranging the programme.

A Thornbridge Outdoors plastic water bottle (we recommend that your pupils bring their own reuseable bottle if they can): £1.50 each

Bundle

Staying in our indoor accommodation

  Number of instructed sessions
Season12345678
2 day visitsLow£50.20£59.70
High£62.80£74.60
Peak£69.10£82.10
3 day visitsLow£72.30£81.70£91.20£100.70
High£90.30£102.20£114£125.90
Peak£99.30£112.40£125.40£138.40
5 day visitsLow£116.30£125.80£135.30£144.70£154.20£163.70£173.20
High£145.40£157.20£169.10£180.90£192.80£204.60£216.50
Peak£159.90£173£186£199£212.10£225.10£238.10

Staying in our Teepee Village

  Number of instructed sessions
Season12345678
2 day visitsHigh£50.90£62.80
Peak£56£69.10
3 day visitsHigh£66.60£78.50£90.30£102.20
Peak£73.30£86.30£99.30£112.40
5 day visitsHigh£102.80£114.60£126.40£138.30£150.10£162£173.80
Peak£113£126.10£139.10£152.10£165.10£178.20£191.20

Seasons

High: 1st April 2020 – 17th May 2020
Peak: 18th May 2020 – 12th July 2020
High: 13th July 2020 – 29th November 2020
Low: 30th November 2020– 14th February 2021 (TBC)
High: 15th February 2021 – 31st March 2021 (TBC)

Catering

Catering prices will be confirmed in summer 2019.

Evening sessions

Instructors cost £100 per instructor per evening.

Additional costs

Additional staff member accommodation (over and above those included within the booking):

  • £13 per person per night in the indoor accommodation
  • £8 per person per night in the Teepee Village

Pupils visiting for the day (to join their peers who are staying):

  • £10 per pupil per day if only participating in visiting staff led activities
  • £20 per day if participating in any instructor led activities

Please note that the maximum group size for instructed activities is 12.

Use of the Base Camp kitchen and dining room for Farm House and Lodge groups (subject to availability): £60 per day

For groups who choose to have more than 2 offsite activities that require minibus travel the cost of bringing in additional minibuses will be added to the booking cost. The cost involved can be confirmed at the time of arranging the programme.

A Thornbridge Outdoors plastic water bottle (we recommend that your pupils bring their own reuseable bottle if they can): £1.50 each

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