Inspiring a lifetime of adventure
A Wildchild Adventure isn’t about who can be the highest or the fastest. It’s about challenging yourself, trying something new, working together, using imagination and developing a love and appreciation for the great outdoors. Our outdoor centres are chosen for their extensive natural woodland and wide range of outdoor adventure activities, allowing pupils to immerse themselves in the great outdoors
Our outdoor centres are situated in the South East of England (Surrey and Hertfordshire) are all easily accessible and within a short distance of the M1 / M25. All centres offer flexible accommodation options including our camping village, offering an authentic under canvas camping experience, dormitory style woodland lodges, and stylish ‘glamping pods’ (Surrey) complete with underfloor heating.
We provide all activities, equipment, instruction, meals (except packed lunch on day 1) and accommodation, so schools benefit from an all-inclusive activity package.
At Wildchild Adventure we’re proud to offer something a little bit different to many of the residential trip providers you may have worked previously or heard of. Our focus is on helping children connect with the outdoors through bushcraft and teambuilding experiences utilising natural woodland spaces and resources, with an element of outdoor adventure activities that complement rather than dominate our programmes. We aim to ensure our programmes are fully inclusive and affordable, tailored to every school / group’s objectives and budget.
In 2019 we were proud to have won the following award:
‘Best School Residential Trip Provider for Southern England’ – Private Education and Development Awards
We can accommodate group sizes of between 30 – 144. If you have a group smaller than 30, please contact us to discuss your requirements, as we may be able to adapt a programme for you.
For camping trips, teachers and pupils are accommodated in our traditional bell tented village. Pupils tents sleep 6 in bunk bed formation. Teachers tents sleep up to 2 with separate sleeping compartments, and a double air bed per compartment. Indoor accommodation is provided by dormitory-style woodland lodges or Pod villages.
There are separate boys and girls tents / rooms, and where possible male teachers will be located in the boys’ section, female teachers in the girls’ section. All our indoor lodge accommodation meets uptodate health and safety and fire regulations.
All Wildchild instructors and leaders are first aid trained, DBS checked, and have specialised experience in outdoor education as well as all the necessary qualifications for the activities undertaken (archery, bushcraft, climbing etc.). Most importantly, our team are friendly, energetic, and share our passion for working with children to inspire a love of the great outdoors.
Yes, all dietary requirements are catered for as long as we are aware of them in advance. A group information and medical form will be provided, to be completed and returned by 8 weeks prior to the trip.
Yes, separate male / female toilet and shower facilities are available, as well as on-camp night-time toilets.
The odds are that your group will experience at least some rain or bad weather during your trip. As long as children have enough layers and waterproof clothing they are generally happy to undertake outdoor activities undeterred by the British weather! An indoor area is available for mealtimes.
We find teachers who get involved in the activities help to ensure that their pupils get the most out of the outdoor experience, as well as improving communication and relationship-building that directly benefits classroom learning and teaching. Our Teacher Guide provides more information on teacher support and involvement during the trip.
All meals are freshly prepared on site including a balance of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and carbohydrates. We also provide the all-important marshmallows around the campfire! Typical meals may include jacket potatoes, pasta bake, roast dinner, BBQ, etc.
Yes! With the unpredictability of the British weather, we often find that weather in Autumn and even Winter can be just as good and sometimes better than the summer! There are benefits to opting for an Autumn/Winter residential trip, and our instructors tailor activities to suit the weather as much as possible. Our camping village is set up through May-October, and indoor accommodation is available all year round.
Yes! We welcome any school wishing to have a tour of the site prior to booking.
All our activity programmes are tailored for each school to take into account your objectives, budget, group size, age of pupils etc. so do get in touch to discuss your requirements, check availability and for a detailed quote. We recommend booking early to secure your preferred dates, as we take bookings 12-18 months in advance and the peak Summer term in particular fills quickly.
We can hold dates provisionally for a few days, subject to demand and availability, to give you time to put arrangements in place and check dates and costs with your school and parents.
Once you have agreed your dates, you will have up to 14 days to complete and return your booking form, and on receipt of your completed form we will issue a deposit for 30% of the trip costs, to be paid within 14 days of receipt of your booking form. The balance of your trip is payable 8 weeks before.
We recognise that schools won’t know exact numbers at the time of booking, so we will ask for an approximate expected number, and allow a 10% flexibility, so you can adjust your numbers by 10% up or down at any time prior to 8 weeks before the trip. If your numbers change by more than 10%, please let us know as soon as possible and we will do our best to accommodate you, but this will be subject to availability, and subject to meeting the minimum numbers agreed at the time of booking.
Yes, we have a launch letter template that you can adapt and send to parents when launching the trip. We are also happy to provide a powerpoint presentation you can share with parents to inform them of their child’s upcoming trip, and the Parent Guide on our website should provide answers to the questions commonly asked by parents and carers. If you’re holding a parent presentation in advance of the trip, we will do our best to come along and present on behalf of Wildchild, and answer parents’ queries. This is always subject to the availability of our instructors and your location, so if you would like us to be at your presentation please give us as much notice as possible.
"Our children thoroughly enjoyed the variety of activities, which were run by fun-loving team members, who ensured all children were encouraged and safe. We, as a school, would recommend a visit by any school – we were so impressed we have booked again."
De Havilland Primary School
"Our Year 3 pupils enjoyed a wonderful residential trip, thanks to Wildchild’s dedicated staff running great activities. It was a fantastic outdoor experience for our children, many of whom had never spent a night away from home. An exciting, fun-filled adventure led by a team who we really felt wanted us to get the most out of the experience!"
Devonshire House Prep School
"It was the wholesome, outdoorsy experience these kids desperately need while growing up in London."
Hugh Myddleton Primary School
"We switched to using Wildchild as our Year 4 residential trip recently and have been incredibly impressed with the service offered. Rebooking for this year and next year was a non-negotiable for us! I would not hesitate to recommend them and can’t wait to return!"
Fairlands Primary School
"Wildchild’s ethos matches our own – teamwork, challenge and encouragement to face difficulties."
Westfield Primary School
"Our Year 6 cohort had a fabulous time at Wildchild Adventure in 2019. The children were constantly entertained and challenged by the Wildchild Instructors who were also very dedicated and helpful! All transitions ran smoothly, and we were extremely impressed with the facilities!"
George Tomlinson Primary School
"Kids loved it and we are returning next year. Fantastic outdoor experience and different from PGL."
Allfarthing Primary School