As Sheffield City Council’s only outdoor centre we are actually located in the heart of the Peak District near Bakewell. We are surrounded by wonderful countryside, interesting places to visit and towns / villages to explore. We have the traffic free Monsal Trail right on our door step which is fantastic for accessing walking and cycling routes directly from our site. By utilising our excellent site, fantastic location and experienced staff we aim to get the most from any residential here. Designing a programme starts with the visit leader letting us know what they hope to achieve during their stay – their outcomes – which become central to the planning of and the residential itself. Outdoor education experiences can be tailored to many different outcomes including:
- Promoting health and wellbeing
- Enabling students to enjoy and achieve in school – and hopefully later life
- Boosting self-esteem
- Experiencing new things
- Fostering independence
- Experiencing challenge
- Experiencing outdoor and adventurous activities (as per the curriculum)
- Developing team working skills
Our instructors are experienced in not only providing fun experiences, but also in adapting and tailoring them to match the group’s needs, the aims of the visit and variables such as the weather. To ensure the high quality of what we provide we work with groups of up to 12 young people and generally run activities over sessions of 3 hours to get the most from them.
There is no set programme, we encourage and support visiting staff to take an active role organising and running activities during their visit. Whilst we can deliver all activities during a visit more commonly visiting staff will lead certain activities. We believe that by delivering activities the visiting staff become central to the young people’s experiences and therefore build upon these more strongly back at school.
Our residentials are commonly over 3 or 5 days, although both longer and shorter visits are possible. Our central location means that most groups can be at the centre and be doing activities by 11am on their first day and are busy doing activities until lunchtime (or later) on their last day – maximising what they get from their visit. Why wait until you arrive before activities begin – we’ll support groups who choose to use public transport to get here. Getting a train to Grindleford, having your luggage collected and then walking to the centre can be a great way to start your residential on a high.
Transparent and simple pricing
Planning a residential can be complicated so we have a simplified pricing system called ‘bundles’ which are suitable for the vast majority of our groups. ‘Bundles’ aren’t fixed programmes and can incorporate a lot of flexibility. They do however enable groups to plan a visit within a certain budget and give parents / carers plenty of notice to save for their children’s visit. For up to date prices please visit our website
Our 4 self contained accommodation buildings, Lodge, Farm House, Woodlands and 2 The Woodlands have their own kitchen and dining/lounge room with a LCD TV, Bluray player and WiFi access. Having exclusive use of a building, rather than shared use of a larger building, is popular with our visiting groups enabling them to set up their own home from home. The Lodge sleeps 38 in 9 bedrooms; the Farm House sleeps 38 in 7 bedrooms; Woodlands sleeps up to 10 in 2 bedrooms (and convertible lounge), 2 The Woodlands sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. The buildings can be booked separately or together.
Woodlands and the Lodge are all on one level and have disabled toilet/shower rooms, making them suitable for wheelchair users and those with mobility difficulties. Woodlands also has other accessible features such as hoists and a single profiling bed (see our website for more information).
Our large camp site, along with its kitchen and dining room to meet and eat, is ideal for introducing people to camping and is available to be booked by groups along with our 9 Teepee’s.
We are supporters of the #BrilliantResidentails campaign and believe that our approach to working with you to design your residential visit meets the Learning Away’s principles of a brilliant residential