Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Broadstone Warren Scout Site and Activity Centre, Lewes Road, Forest Row, , East Sussex RH18 5JS

Contact: 01342 822573

Website: http://www.broadstonewarren.org.uk/

Description

Broadstone Warren is situated in the Ashdown Forest in the North of Sussex, midway between the South Coast and London.

The site which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is almost 400 acres of mixed woodland, with a variety of individual areas for camping, and a number of buildings that are used for indoor accommodation, courses or meetings. The site has a vast number of activities.

The site is open to all Scouts, Guides, other youth groups, schools and commercial organisations from all over the UK and abroad and is open all year round. The site is not open to the public.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Broadstone warren offers all organized groups the opportunity to visit for the day or stay on residential. We have a large range of traditional Outdoor Activities, including Climbing and Rafting various High ropes and Pot holing.  An equally large number of self-manage activities are also available, including Team building, orienteering, inflatable assault course and Pedal carts.

All this is set in 400 acres of mixed native woodland, giving the experience of being remote and in the wild, whilst being only 40 miles from central London.

We run week long residential packages and can assist with the creation and programming of the weeks activities. This approach helps to give the group members the best possible experience and takes some of the pressure off the leader when organizing.

In addition to residential visits, many groups come for an action packed day. This is extremely popular with local groups who visit the site on a regular basis and become very attached to this special and unique place. Some of our customers first came here as a child and now return with their school 40 years later!

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

As a woodland camp site we have hundreds of acres to explore and enjoy. The majority of our camp sites are located in secluded glades and clearings in the forest.

Whilst flora and faun is exceptionally divers, we have a dedicated field studies center located on the site and The Ashdown Ranger station is our neighbor. All our accommodation buildings have a classroom/ hall that makes the ideal place for any indoor work.

We have a wide range of activities to take part in, these range from self-managed through to instructor lead. Examples include traditional climbing based and abseiling as well at the less conventional- pot holing and raft building. As a woodland, Bush craft is a popular choice for groups.

All our activities can be adapted to suit the needs of the group, linking with curriculum objectives and adding value to the session. However there’s not always the need to take things to seriously and the activities can be enjoyed just the way they are.  For FUN!

Groups are welcome to visit for the day, stay a night or two maybe even all week.  We have a relaxed atmosphere and each customer is unlikely to come across many other groups during their stay. This way we can devote our care an attention to ensure that the best experience is had.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

We have a LOtC Quality badge, Gold standard AHOEC and Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee- Adventure Mark       

What does a typical educational visit include?

A typical educational visit includes 6 instructed activities a day, often starting at 10:00 and finishing at 5:00. The majority of activities booked are hour long and so fit well with the normal class room lesson length.  Groups on average book 3 activities in the morning and 3 in the afternoon.  In the evening, a camp fire or self-managed activity is often used as a means of reflection and drawing the day to a relaxed and peaceful close.

The following day it all kicks off again at 10:00 with a range of different activities, this way groups are able to participate in a huge range of different experiences without feeling like they are waiting around or have already done something similar. This helps to keep the energy flowing and promote engagement in the children.

What group sizes do you cater for?

We offer packages for small groups as well as for up to 200 people. We can offer indoor accommodation for 85- across several self-catered buildings and can camp 1000. We also have a tented village for those who prefer a little more luxury to the average camper.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We provide site information packs and can supply information on local facilities. We are happy to work with teachers to plan the activity program and stay with us. All our activities are clearly linked to curriculum objectives and examples can be given before a visit.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

There are no restrictions to filming, any images taken by Broadstone Warren may be use for marketing and advertising purposes. Under the terms of booking, we request groups to opt-out of having any photos taken.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

All activities and facilities have been risked assessed, these are available to view and can be used to help groups undertake their own appropriate risk assessment prior to visiting us.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Contact the center and ask for Craig Scampton. Enquiries@broadstonewarren.org.uk

What is the cost of the visit?

We offer a last minute discount on buildings if booked with in a 4 week period. The average cost for a class of 30 having 4 days of full activity provision is £2,500. This will vary depending on the number of activities that are required. A visit to us for 25 people could be as a little as £150+ VAT for a building only.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

We would advise brining old clothing that can get a bit dirty or damaged. All specialist equipment is provided. Remember a coat and spare shoes if you get wet!

If staying the night in our self-catered buildings, your own bedding will be needed.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All staff are First aid trained, however during a visit groups are responsible for providing their own suitable first aid arrangements.

Please list facilities available.

We have a site shop that sells variety of souvenirs and sweets. There are also vending machines selling drinks and ice-creams. The average pocket money spent is £3 per day. We have lots of picnic benches to make use of.

What are your disabled facilities?

We have several disabled accessible facilities, including toilets, accommodation and bed rooms.

What are your opening days and hours?

The office is open seven days a week 8:30-5:30. Activities are available to book from 9:00am- 6:00pm.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

“I just wanted to let you and the staff know what a fantastic morning Rotherfield Primary had with you lasts Friday. The children came back buzzing with excitement and can wait to come back in June! - Rotherfield Primary School”

“A huge thank you to all the team at Broadstone Warren, the children had a great time and has helped many form new friendships at this important time in their lives. See you all again next year” - Chailey School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

All building are self-catered, bedding is not provided. There are basic laundry facilities available.  

 

Broadstone Warren is situated in the Ashdown Forest in the North of Sussex, midway between the South Coast and London.

The site which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is almost 400 acres of mixed woodland, with a variety of individual areas for camping, and a number of buildings that are used for indoor accommodation, courses or meetings. The site has a vast number of activities.

The site is open to all Scouts, Guides, other youth groups, schools and commercial organisations from all over the UK and abroad and is open all year round. The site is not open to the public.


Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Climbing Duke of Edinburgh Award High Ropes Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips Team Building Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism PE PSHE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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