If you and your family love spending time in the outdoors, then our Great Outdoor Adventure will be the perfect getaway for you. Channel your inner Columbus!
This adventure will be spent on the lookout for wonderful wildlife so listen out for rustling in the bushes or splashes in the pond! Together we will be helping our local environment stay nature friendly by taking part in one of our conservation activities.
You will be able to get off the beaten track as a family and explore the countryside as you wish. Ask your adventure leader on the best places to visit in the area! We want to hear all about it the following day on our big day out. We will be learning how to navigate the countryside by orienteering and completing one of our nature spotter guides.. From ladybirds and squirrels to wildflowers and animal tracks, how many will you find?
Our evenings will be just as adventurous as we head out on a night walk, on the lookout for swooping bats. On the final night we will gather around a campfire, lit using the skills you have learnt, whilst enjoying some roasted marshmallows!
For a full list of activities, see our timetable below. Our activities are most suitable for children aged 6 – 12 however younger and older children are welcome to join in. Children should be accompanied by a guardian on all activities. Younger children are welcome, although activities might not be suitable for them.
If your child will be under the age of three on time of arrival, please select the ‘Infant’ booking option so they can attend for free!
Arrival and welcome
Mammals and Moths - Have a go at setting up humane mammal and moth traps ready for us to see what has visited us in the morning.
Mammals and Moths - Discover what has been out at night in our centre grounds by opening up our small mammal and moth traps. Learn how traps are used for scientific monitoring and what happens with the data collected.
Mini Beasts - Mini beast hunt/ pond dip or stream survey.
Conservation activity - To keep our centre nature friendly, we regularly take part in conservation activities such as coppicing and building bat boxes!
Nature Night Walk - An evening stroll around the grounds looking for signs of night-time wildlife. Set some mammal traps ready for the following morning session, then find out what it’s like to be a bat and hopefully hear some different species of bats using a bat detector.
Free Day - get off the beaten track as a family and explore! Ask your adventure leader on the best places to visit in the area!
A big day out in the wild! We will be walking in a special local area, with nature spotting guides and binoculars! We will practice our navigation skills using maps and compasses and we will enjoy lunch out.
Campfire - Come join us for an evening around the campfire on the estate grounds. Toast some marshmallows and have a good time with your new friends.
Environment art - Collect pieces of nature in the local area for an Art project in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.
Bushcraft - Develop skills for living outdoors
Orienteering - Complete an orienteering course set up around the centre to develop your map reading skills.
All activities are subject to change, due to weather conditions at the time.
In-course transport is provided for families. As per the latest government guidance, Field Studies Council do not provide car seats for our minibuses, if you require your child to travel in a car seat you will need to provide your own.
Before You Attend
What to bring
- Waterproof coat
- Comfortable shoes
- Lunch box
- Water bottle
- Winter hat, gloves and scarf
- Please bring plenty of extra layers and spare clothes
Opportunities to attend this course
Fri 19, July 2024 16:00 - Mon 22, July 2024 16:00
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Mon 19, August 2024 16:00 - Fri 23, August 2024 16:00
A Great Outdoor Adventure in Snowdonia - 5 days
Mon 26, August 2024 14:00 - Fri 30, August 2024 16:00
A Great Outdoor Adventure at Flatford Mill - 5 days