Blackwell Adventure has a large campsite, indoor accommodation and plenty of adventurous activities to choose from. The jewel in the crown is the 19th century Manor House which offers indoor accommodation all year round. We also have two Tented Villages and the Stable Block, ideal for those looking for an alternative to traditional camping.
Through our Multi Activity Days, 1 night, 2.5 and 5 day residential packages, GCSE climbing courses and bespoke packages, we offer schools a wide range of activities and experiences which help to develop students personal and social skills, from the high adrenaline zip wire to the precision of archery there is something for everyone.
Why are Blackwell Adventure great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
From our helpful and friendly booking team to our experienced activity instructors, your Blackwell Adventure begins today! We support teachers visiting the centre from start to finish, from creating bespoke programmes, helping with travel arrangements and sending kit lists or simply helping you to move luggage when you arrive. Having run for over 11 years, our product is above and beyond and our low cost does not reflect the high quality product, we have options to suit all budgets. We have over 150 schools who have been returning to Blackwell for many years and we feel our packages offer fantastic value for money -
Activities – On our 2.5 Day package you will do around 16 hours of activities and we do not have any exclusions so they will experience a wide variety of bases to suit all abilities.
Evening – We also run activities in the evening such as orienteering, toasting marshmallows around the camp fire or cooling off in our outdoor swimming pool.
Catering – The food here is highly rated by our customers as its home cooked and very tasty. Food choices would include cooked breakfast, sandwiches for lunch , lasagne or homemade pizza then for pudding homemade chocolate brownies.
Support – As a member of the LOTC we ensure your learning outcomes are met. We also provide a group co-ordinator from the beginning of your stay, who is there to ensure you have a great time and can help with anything from washing sleeping bags to making hot chocolate if the kids need a warm up.
Service – We want to make the whole process as easy as possible for you, so we will always be here to help and will come to your School to do a presentation to parents and children to show what their experience will entail and the benefits.
What activities are available during group visits?
Giant Zip Wire
High All Aboard
Team Challenge Games
Pedal Go Karts
Outdoor Swimming Pool
NEW for 2018...
What size groups do you cater for?
We can accommodate you, no matter what the group size. We have accommodation for up to 172 and have had groups of up to 3,000 camping.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
We have dedicated classroom facilities and flexible spaces in our Manor House, Tented Village and Stable Block, but not all classrooms have four walls, you can explore our beautiful 52 acre estate here and 50 acres at our water centre, Pikes Pool and take learning into the great outdoors!
Is there first aid on site?
Our activity instructors are fully qualified in first aid, as are our on call staff who are available 24 hours a day.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
We have dedicated disabled facilities including a newly refurbished disabled toilet and shower room. Most of our accommodation facilities are all on one level and paths around the site are wide and easily accessible.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
We welcome individuals with Special Educational Needs, we believe that everyone has the right to an adventure. Our staff are trained in how to best adapt sessions to support the needs and abilities of the young people.
Owned by The Birmingham Scout Association, Blackwell Adventure is a non-profit making charity which supports over 20,000 young people in the outdoors every year. The large numbers of Schools and Colleges that book year on year are a credit to what Blackwell Adventure offers.
We love to welcome visitors to our site so call us today to arrange a tour and we can answer any questions you may have 0121 445 1285.
Special rates for schools
staying with us outside of peak season
Winter Residential Packages from £83.33 per child
• Ideal for schools looking for a low cost residential opportunity.
• 1.5 days with a full instructor led programme of over 12 hours of adventurous activities.
• Enjoy an evening of toasting marshmallows and singing songs around the campfire.
• We also provide a group coordinator for your stay who is there to ensure you have a great time and can help with anything from washing sleeping bags to making hot chocolate if the kids need a warm up.
• Catering includes a home cooked two course evening meal, hot breakfast and packed lunch.
• Staying in our beautiful Manor House with space for up to 56.
(Available October to March. £83.33 NET, £100.00 including VAT per child, based on minimum numbers of 24)
|Free Places for Teachers|
|LOtC Quality Badge|
|Association of UK Activity Centres|
|Institute of Outdoor Learning|
|Duke of Edinburgh Award|
"Blackwell is brilliant. The staff are all professional, fun, caring and great with the children. They provide a programme that is packed with an excellent range of fun, exciting activities which the children really enjoy. Also great food and accommodation. Looking forward to returning in October"
★★★★★ Joanne Cliffe, University of Birmingham
"Our experience at Blackwell Court was a great opportunity to learn more about outdoor adventurous activities as student teachers whilst also having a great time! As a group, we enjoyed all of the activities we were able to participate in and would love to visit again! Particular highlights were learning how to run team building activities with very minimal equipment and having the opportunity to try all of the activities ourselves so that we felt what pupils would be experiencing if they had not done a certain activity before. We also did a wide range of tasks in such a short space of time which taught us different skills and showed us how we could implement these challenges within outdoor adventurous activities at school. We would highly recommend Blackwell Court to other groups and all would love to work with the staff to bring school groups along so they are able to have the great experience we did! Thank You! "
★★★★★ D Unwin, Ashlawn School
"We have been using Blackwell for a number of years to put GCSE PE students through climbing for one of their practical activities. Instructors have always been brilliant and students always graded fairly. Always been a worthwhile trip. The staff have always been super flexible and really helpful understanding how difficult organising even a simple day visit can be. Would highly recommend a visit. "
★★★★★ Simon Green, St. Paul's School for Girls
"We use the camping facilities at Blackwell each year with our Bronze DofE groups. The campsites are always clean and tidy, as are the toilet facilities. The booking process is easy and the prices are very competitive but the main reason we return is the Blackwell Staff - nothing is too much trouble; friendly, knowledgeable and always available."
★★★★★ Rachel Datson, Meadows / Parkside Mainstream Autism Base
"Blackwell are so accommodating. They can not do enough for the group before and during the trip. All the instructors were so supportive of the indivdiual's needs. We are returning again this year!"
★★★★★ Steve Boycott, CVQO Schools Partnership Programme
"The CVQO Schools Partnership Programme (SPP) has been using Blackwell Adventure for the last 4 years. We take several groups each term from the Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Birmingham areas and can not praise the staff enough. Completely professional, friendly, accommodating and fun. From the precise organisation and easy booking process through to the tailored day packages and dedicated instructors, we will continue to use Blackwell Adventure as our go to venue for outdoor activities. Great facilities, friendly staff, lots of fun. "
★★★★★ Matt Trevor , Woodthorpe JI School
"We have been taking our Year 3/4 children to Blackwell for a number of years now. The customer service received by the school has always been of the highest order, right from the inception of the booking process to the waves of farewell at the end of yet another successful residential. In terms of location, you couldn't ask for more, especially when travelling over from the nearby Birmingham area. The activities are incredibly well maintained and staffed, with safety always at the centre of everything that is done. Our accommodation has always been booked within the Manor House, which is ideal for the age of child we bring. ALL staff associated with the centre are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. I couldn't recommend Blackwell more when considering organising a school, or any form of, residential / excursion. We look forward to June.........."
★★★★★ Pippa Probert, Amesbury
"Blackwell is fantastic! We have used them for over 5 years now and book for the next year as soon as we get back. They bend over backwards to help and make your experience brilliant. The instructors and all the staff are wonderful. "
★★★★★ Mark Cross, Chilcote Primary
"We’ve been coming to Blackwell Court for 20 years and it just gets better each year! The activities are brilliant and the staff are amazing with our children. Nothing is too much trouble. We’ll be biking again for next year!"
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!