Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Hardwick Park Farm, Hardwick Lane (opposite the Farm Shop) , Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 0AF

Contact: 07957 184341



The aim of Big Hat Bushcamp is to give school groups & children the ultimate bushcraft experience and leave all who visit the Bushcamp with the knowledge and confidence to safely enjoy the outdoors.

All of our activities are designed to promote personal development, teamwork and leadership, as well as inspire an enduring passion for fresh air and the great outdoors.

Through activities such as matchless firelighting, campfire cooking, shelter building, archery, navigation, wilderness first aid and traditional bushcraft skills, groups at Big Hat Bushcamp discover for themselves how to leave behind the clamour of the 21st century.

Amidst the beautiful woodlands of historic Runnymede in North Surrey, and Godstone in East Surrey, we run courses, year round, and for those who wish to immerse themselves in the outdoors, an overnight stay is always an option.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Give a child a fish... they’ll ask you why you just gave them a fish. Teach them to cook a meal over a campfire... suddenly the outdoors is a place you go to live well. We teach practical and highly rewarding outdoor skills that our young visitors immediately get to put into practice, to learn how to look after themselves away from home and fully appreciate what our green spaces have to offer.

What does a typical educational visit include?
All of our course programmes are tailored to the requirements of the visiting groups, from a wide selection of activities. Most groups opt for firm favourites, such as matchless firelighting, campfire cooking, and shelter building. Groups staying overnight are encouraged to make use of our basha shelters and hammocks, and perhaps partake in an after-dark stalking game.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Most group are of 15 to 60 young people, but smaller groups are always welcome, as are groups of up to 100.

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

Does your venue have an education officer?
Chief instructor is Ian Brember

What is the cost of the visit?
Cost is from £18 per head fro half fay courses, £30-£40 for full day, £15-£25 for overnight camping (ie £45 - £65 per 24 hours). This covers food and equipment, and accompanying adults go free.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Just suitable outdoor clothing.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Yes, we do.

Please list facilities available.
We have trees, picnic benches, and more trees.

What are your disabled facilities?
The site has limited facilities for people with disabilities; please call to discuss.

What are your opening days and hours?
We run all year round.

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

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Green Awareness Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Residential School Trips Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography

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