Naturesbase School Trips
Welcome to Naturesbase – Wilderness adventures and a living adventure for children.
We are a little different in terms of approach and activities here at Naturesbase, focusing on school visits from a holistic perspective. After 25 years of hosting inspiring school journeys we know it is about the ‘sense of place, the awe and wonder, the quality of the food, the care and attention to detail, the environments, the people you meet, the night time anticipations and excitement, the teaching styles and the wide range of learning opportunities, as well of course, as the formal activities.
We offer outstanding outdoor, cross curricular experiences from dawn to dark. Where most classrooms end, ours begin.
Would your class like to....
-collect eggs each morning for breakfast or bottle feed lambs?
-experience history by building shelters as ancient Britons did?
-make & bake a pizza in an earth oven or light a fire from a spark?
-grind wheat to make flour then bread or out maneuver the angry farmer in the swamp
-develop confidence and skills through night time orienteering and hunting for bats?
-explore different habitats through engaging fieldwork?
We believe that the same attention and focus that you give to delivering quality education and experiences at school, should be given to your residential trips.
Groups at Naturesbase are not just visitors, they take an active part in all that we do from waiting at the tables to emptying the compost bucket and making sandwiches.
We encourage and challenge children to be creative, to learn by doing, to work as a team, to use their initiative,to get their hands dirty, to immerse themselves into the natural environment in fun and enjoyable ways.
Our sessions are structured to meet national curriculum objectives, always highly interactive and hands on. We work in small groups which promotes team building and group cohesion.
We offer a wide range of field study and adventurous day activities with the evenings focused on cooking pizza in an earth oven, campfires and stories, bat detecting and night time orienteering.
To maintain our own high expectations and standards we only accommodate one school at a time, we provide freshly cooked homemade meals, we organise and teach from 8 am until bedtime and we work with you from day one as a combined team ensuring the best possible outcome.
We will welcome you class to our farm, staying in our beautiful Ty Coed Lodges or camping around a fire, children go home full of energy and teachers go home with a wealth of new ideas.
'A year's worth of awe and wonder' Ex OFSTED inspector.
Why are Naturesbase great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
As passionate teachers with over 20 years experience of hosting residential visits, here at Naturesbase we guarantee:
-to work closely with you, working and planning as a team from day one so if you have any questions or require any clarification we are only an email or phone call away.
-free visits to your school to talk to parents teachers and pupils.
-sole use of the centre and 10 acre grounds, hill fort, play barn, woodland and stream for the duration of your stay
- bespoke 4,6 & 8 bed children's rooms with beautiful home made bunks, accompanying adults stay in single or twin rooms. Or safari style tents around the fire. Teachers tents equipped with futons,duvets & furniture
-courses carefully designed to link to curriculum requirements using many of the inspiring environments on the farm or within easy reach of excellent river or coastal field sites.
-we are on call 24 hr a day taking care of all your needs once you arrive; providing cosy comfortable accommodation, plenty of yummy home made food, much from the farm and organising transport during your stay.
What activities are available during group visits?
Each trip is designed specially for you. As we only have one school visiting at a time we are flexible to your needs. Here are some of the activities. please see our website for more. And if you don't see what you are looking for we are happy to design it for you.
Early Britons / Celts, Iron age, Victorians, survival in the wild, team building, farmers in training,Crab fishing, Welsh village study, Ice cream treasure hunt, Crab theme parks, night time orienteering, organic sculpture, Celtic adventure, campfire- stories and songs, soap making, coin smelting, hedgerow jewellery , stick carving, mini beast detectives.....
What size groups do you cater for?
We can cater for 40 children and 6 adults in our bespoke sustainable accommodation lodge. We also offer camping for up to 40 in the summer term in beautiful safari style tents. Staff have futons and furniture in them.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
We have several classroom spaces. The main classroom holds 40 comfortably, with projector, flip chart and white board. We have many informal covered spaces for smaller group work, and the dining room can double up as an additional classroom in needed. There are endless outdoor classroom spaces as well.
Is there first aid on site?
Yes, all our tutors are trained in first aid and group management. A qualified first aider is available 24 hours a day.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Special rates for schools
staying with us outside of peak season
From £45pppn + VAT
Peak Season Summer Term £55pppn + VAT
High Season Sept - Oct and Feb half term to Easter £50pppn + VAT
Low Season November Jan Feb £45pppn + VAT
Full tuition and full board
Based on 28 children. 1 staff free place for 7 childrenb
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Need more inspiration?
We are bursting with ideas on places that deliver first class teaching both outside the classroom and as in-school workshops. Here are a few similar suggestions, or head to our tailor-made trip form and let us know how we can help you!