The Gordon Brown Centre

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The GBC located of junction 5 of the M3 in the historic village of Rotherwick, providing residential and day visit opportunities for schools within its 25 acres set in a conservation area and benefit from a wealth of natural charms and designed facilities that provide children with a lifelong experience. Up to 222 staying. We can fully cater for up to 138 in our two buildings with a brand new £1 million pound facility just built. Plus up to 84 in our Camping Village.
Children have been supported by a team of dedicated staff receiving a high quality services since 1976.


Why book The Gordon Brown Centre for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Over the last 40 years our history has seen schools returning year on year, and children returning as teachers supporting future generations children education in this unique environment. Emphasising that this is “more than just an outdoor centre”.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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green tick Bushcraft

Shelter building offers the chance to experiment and explore various ways of constructing a shelter using only natural materials. The issues of who uses shelters and why is discussed with a chance to look at shelters and their use within the Centre, (tipis, hornbeam and willow constructions.) The children work in groups to design and build small or large-scale shelters and learn valuable teamwork and communication skills along the way.

In small teams, the children will scour the site and forage for wood to make their own campfire. They will be fully instructed on how to build a successful campfire and have the opportunity to light it safely and to keep it going. Once the fire is lit, the children will cook popping corn over the fire and enjoy the taste of freshly cooked popcorn.

green tick Greeks

Make your own Spartan shield and learn famous battle formations, meet the myths and legends on a hunt for the golden fleece, take part in the assault on troy on our trim trail. Explore Greek art work and make a Greek pot.

green tick Egyptians

A day steeped in the ancient world of Egypt. Make papyrus paper and write in hieroglyphs. Learn about the Egyptian gods and goddesses and find the treasure in the hidden tomb. Dare to play the Mummy game!

green tick Romans

On this day children will build a roman camp in our wooded area. Get physical and undertake gladiator training on our obstacle course. Discover your creative side when making clay pots. Create your own Roman shield and take part in recreating famous shield formations and battle cries.

green tick Saxons

Come spend the day learning about life in Anglo Saxon Britain. Make your own camp in our shelter building woods, build fires and cook over them. Become a warrior by making shields and learn battle formations. Raid a village to steal supplies on our assault course. Create a piece of Jewellery to take home. Learn about village life by making a clay pot and visiting the animals that live at the Centre.

green tick Vikings

Learn about our Viking past and be a Viking for the day. Wear sheepskin rugs and make a small Viking ship to sail on the pond. Discover how Vikings were a warrior people by making a shield and practise fighting formations. Build a Viking camp up in our shelter building woods and raid a stronghold for loot on our assault course. Have a chance to make clay pots and runes.

green tick Medieval

Come spend the day learning about life in Anglo Saxon Britain. Make your own camp in our shelter building woods, build fires and cook over them. Become a warrior by making shields and learn battle formations. Raid a village to steal supplies on our assault course. Create a piece of Jewellery to take home. Learn about village life by making a clay pot and visiting the animals that live at the Centre.

What activities are available during group visits?

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We pride ourselves on providing visitors with a personalised visit built around their requirements. With a mix of environmental and outdoor education programmes available plus the opportunity to get involved with feeding and caring for our onsite goats, pigs, chickens, donkeys and rabbits.

Covering topic subject including: Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxon, Vikings, Medieval, Victoria..

Facilities include:, High and low rope courses, laser gun village, archery, trim trail, den building, pond and river studies, history walk off site water sports to name just a few.

What size groups do you cater for?

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Up to 222 staying. We can fully cater for up to 138 in our two buildings with a brand new £1 million pound facility just built. Plus up to 40 in our Camping Village.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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On site we have both indoor and outdoor classroom facilities.

Is there first aid on site?

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We have trained first aiders on site during the day time.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Some facilities on offer.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Yes contact the centre to discuss your needs further.

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