Walesby Forest is quite simply acres of fun in Robin Hood county. We offer off the shelf or completely bespoke packages aimed at educating our students in a fun and safe environment within the heart of the incredible Sherwood Forest.
From wet and wild water activities, to adrenaline filled climbs and descents, to brain teasing puzzles we guarantee to test children's skills and help them discover new found expertise. Our skilled staff and instructors will do their utmost to make sure your visit to Walesby Forest is a memorable one for years to come.
We offer a range of accommodation options including 4 lodges each designed to hold one entire class, a tented village, or use of our own tents set up in a traditional camp. All accommodation is suitable for a range of groups and requirements. A bedding package consisting of duvet and cover, pillow and case plus sheet is available on request.
Alongside our facilities we offer a range of educational and adventure activity programmes and packages linked to the national curriculum. Choose from a range of inclusive packages or let us help you design your own bespoke programme.
Our key focus with primary school groups is to develop a child’s key skills whether they are year one or year six. For some children this may be the first time they spend away from home so it is important every child is comfortable and has the ability to enjoy every second while they are visiting Walesby Forest.
As students get older we want to get them away from their smartphones and tablets and out into the open. Our bespoke packages can offer a young student from year 7 to the older year 11’s a range of activities that is designed to build confidence and challenge their thinking and abilities.
As a charity we are able to offer high quality adventure activities at a lower cost than commercial providers and have been inspiring and educating children for over the last 80 years. With over 40 on-site adventure activities to choose from, excellent facilities and a range of catering options we have something to suit every group size and budget.
Why book Walesby Forest for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?
We are an LOtC accredited centre with over 250 acres of fun to be had in Sherwood Forest and pride ourselves on our ability to unearth and nurture talent and abilities. At the same time we make sure that there are lots of adrenaline packed and fun activities to keep everyone entertained.
We aim to deliver a package that delights all those who stay. With many groups returning year on year we strive to develop and offer innovative programmes that challenge and develop participants.
Our staff are qualified to the highest standard, holding national governing body qualifications, ensuring the safety of all those on site. The staff take great pride in delivering fun and amazing programmes to every young person they meet.
We can offer lodges, camping, or tented village accommodation.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Curriculum topics available: Team building, Personal development and resilience.
We help to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that pupils need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. Many of our activities require students to cooperate, listen, and become part of a team working towards a common goal. The activities also encourage taking personal responsibility and resilience and the need to push our own personal boundaries.
With over 40 physical activities on site they help improve fitness, coordination and endurance; a day can last from 9am to 9pm by the time the evening twilight programme is complete! As if all our activities weren't enough there is plenty of space and time to use the site for your own sports activities as well.
Curriculum topics available: Healthy Living, Teamwork and resilience.
We aim to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking through our range of activities. Whether by climbing higher than you have done before, solving team building puzzles, taking a risk whether your raft will float or not, helping others climb a wobbly crate stack, or just by being part of a school team on site.
With our own lake on site water sports have been our most popular activities since we opened. Do you want to kayak or canoe? How about building a raft and try and cross the lake? Or simply take a plunge on the body boarding course? All under the close supervision of fully qualified staff with plenty of hot showers available to warm up afterwards.
What activities are available during group visits?
Examples of our activities include:
Water based: kayaking; canoeing; raft building; body boarding; river crossing
Adrenalin based: giant 3G swing; indoor and outdoor climbing; abseiling; crate stacking
Skill based: short and long range archery; indoor air rifle range; orienteering; circus skills
Physically based: assault course; low ropes course; swimming pool; traverse wall
Team based: team building; bush craft; crime scene investigator; giant catapult; pioneering poles
All activities help students learn resilience, respect, responsibility, trust, confidence, co-ordination, motivation, practical skills and much much more.
What size groups do you cater for?
Our lodge accommodation sleeps as follows: Parker lodge - 33; Sherwood lodge - 36; Kemp lodge - 36; Walesby Lodge - 38; Tented village - 36; Tents available on site to hold 150 students
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
We can arrange for a classroom to be set up when required.
Is there first aid on site?
Yes, we have 24 hours a day medical cover with a duty manager on site at all times. All staff and instructors are First Aid trained.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
We have a purpose built lodge with disabled facilities and many of our activities can be adapted on request.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
The centre welcomes all participants and we are continually developing programmes and activities to support these groups.
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