Region: South East Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Walton Firs Activity Centre, Convent Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1HB

Contact: 01932 863243

Website: https://waltonfirs.co.uk/

Description

A great location, fantastic facilities and a broad range of challenging activities which will keep young people occupied and entertained throughout. Our staff will be pleased to help tailor your visit programme to achieve key learning objectives, and can advise on the 30+ activities on offer.

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?
Twitter - https://twitter.com/WaltonFirs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaltonFirs/

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
36 acres of Surrey countryside nestled within the M25 and close to the A3. Ideal as a base for exploring the woodland and studying nature, or as a residential base for visiting London or the surrounding area.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
AALA/LOtC accreditation currently applied for.

What does a typical educational visit include?
Some of our visitors wish to run their own programmes and activities, with minimal input from the team here – whilst others prefer to let our instructors take the lead. We can bespoke your visit programme to include practical skills such as orienteering and team tasks, and include individually challenging activities like the ropes course and crate stacking.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Our smallest school booking is for 10 people, our largest so far is 580 – but we could do more!

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Many of our activities can be instructed by teachers or helpers, such as the Tree Trail, the Medieval Maze and Photo Orienteering. All of the ‘self-instructed’ activities come with full instructions for activity session leaders, or our own staff can lead the sessions for a small additional cost.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
We permit the taking of photos and videos on site, as long as the necessary permissions have been obtained from parents/carers.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
All of our activities are risk assessed, and the assessments available on our web site ( www.waltonfirs.co.uk ). Visitors are welcome to conduct their own site risk assessment if required by contacting the centre by email (info@waltonfirs.co.uk) or call us on 01932 863243.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Please call and ask for our Schools Liaison Officer.

What is the cost of the visit?
Costs can vary substantially according to the number of activities undertaken whilst on site. Typically £20-£25 covers the day with a broad range of activities, but some programmes can be done for as little as £10 per head.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
No – just suitable outdoor clothing, with sturdy footwear.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
First Aid is available on site, and all of our staff are trained. A defibrillator is also available.

Please list facilities available.
Shop, lunch area, ablutions, building hire.

What are your disabled facilities?
We are especially pleased to welcome many disabled children at Walton Firs. Sadly some of our activities will not be suitable for some disabled children, but we will work with group leaders to help all visitors achieve within the limits of their abilities and get the most out of the visit.

What are your opening days and hours?
All year round, except 2 weeks in December

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
The children of (school) have been coming to Walton Firs for 3 years running. Every year they come home very excited about the activities they did and for some, the fears they faced. One of our children almost didn't come as he was terrified of the caving activity! His fear of the dark and closed spaces nearly took over. Once at the activity and with his friends, he listened to the safety talk by the instructor and was told that he didn't have to go in if he didn't want to. He went in and had a wonderful time! All of the instructors are amazing with the children.

We love bringing our children here as there is so much room for them to have fun, so much on offer for them to do and most importantly, it's safe.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Pre-trip site visits are welcomed, and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.


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

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Bushcraft Caves & Caverns Climbing Field Studies Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Residential School Trips Sports Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Environmental Studies Geography PE

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


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