Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre
Our main centre is on the National Trust estate of Felbrigg with easy access to miles of open countryside and an incredible coastline. Our location and our professional, experienced instructors, make this the perfect base for bringing the Primary Curriculum to life through outdoor learning whether looking at erosion at Happisburgh, rockpools and fossils at West Runton or lifecycles on our unique Blakeney Day (with marsh walk and guaranteed seals) which is an unmissable annual experience for so many of our schools. We also offer a variety of different team building activities including Pirates and our famous Monster Trail as well as our themed Living History weeks which include Vikings, Romans and Evacuees. Programmes are tailored individually to each school's requirements and can even be linked to a theme of your choice if required (recent examples include Extreme Weather, Eco Warriors, Dragons and Detectives.) Our aim is to ensure that each and every child (and teacher) has their very best school trip EVER! This is outdoor learning at its very best..
Why are Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
We are set in a truly outstandingly beautiful part of the world BUT what makes our schools return year after year is our warm, family atmosphere and our amazing staff. Our ethos is to employ all staff on a permanent basis, and to pay them more than any other centre, so that they stay with us for many years and build up a wealth of local knowledge and experience, becoming experts in the local area. They are intelligent, warm, funny and kind and returning schools greet them as old friends. Each and every one genuinely shares our aim to provide the best school trip ever.
What size groups do you cater for?
We have two bases - Aylmerton can cater for groups of between 20 and 90 children and Patteson Lodge has a capacity of between 25 and 40 children.
Is there first aid on site?
ALL our staff (not just instructors) are first aid trained and we provide first aid cover during all activities. Overnight first aid cover is off-site but available on call at all times.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Yes. In addition we do our very best to accommodate the needs of every child - and do all that is possible to adapt programmes, transport etc. to allow all children to safely access as much of the visit as possible. We also have two fabulous all-terrain wheelchairs. You will be amazed at what can be achieved!
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Yes. Again, we can accommodate and adapt, as needed, to ensure that maximum access for all children is possible.
Our prices include absolutely everything required for a fully active and busy trip except the coach to/from your school. The only optional extra would be to charter the ferry to the seals if a seal trip is required which is passed on at the ferry operator's cost. All accommodation, 3 meals a day from evening meal on the first day to packed lunch on the last, all activities, entrance fees and instruction, and any transport needed to activities while here, are all included. There are no hidden costs at all. We also offer one free adult place for every eight children.
Special rates for schools
staying with us outside of peak season
Prices from £89 for 3 days/2 nights
Our off-peak visits are incredible value. Arrival is mid morning on the first day with an afternoon and evening activity on your arrival day, a full day and evening activity on the second day, and a full morning on the final day, departing after lunch.
Our instructor team are highly experienced and employed all year so, as an added bonus for off-peak visits, we even have a higher than usual instructor : child ratio.
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"I have been bringing school parties to AFSC for many, many years and I have never been less than 100% satisfied! All the instructors are extremely knowledgeable, motivational and reliable. They manage to make a residential trip hassle free and hugely enjoyable for the children. I cannot recommend them too strongly and more importantly, nor could my children! They always speak highly of AFSC as do their parents. A must do experience for children and teachers!"
Diane Marshall, Greyfriars Primary School
"Aylmerton Field Study Centre and ALL its staff are a real gem in the crown of outdoor activity centres. Having taken parties of Year 5 pupils for many years the impact of a week in North Norfolk is amazing. I take a group of individuals and bring home a team. The children bring back memories for a lifetime, they experience things which they will never do again, things which they will tell their children about. Through the encouragement and teaching styles of the staff the children overcome fears, achieve things they never thought possible and learn an enormous amount about themselves. They are always extremely sad to pack and leave at the end of the week (as are the adults!!). Nothing is too much trouble for the staff to ensure that the youngsters enjoy and take learning outside of the four walls of the classroom. There is so much to do and experience that they are amazed that for a whole week they have survived without a 'screen', and not noticed!! The centre provides learning in it's widest interpretation. I could not recommend it more highly. One visit is all it will take to be 'hooked'."
Marg Smith, Burgoyne Middle School
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