Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Bourne Vale, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands WS9 0SH

Contact: 0121 353 7329

Website: http://www.woodlandsadventure.co.uk

Description

Woodlands Adventure & Outdoor Learning is owned by the Birmingham Boys & Girls Union, who are one of the oldest children’s charities in Birmingham, founded in 1906. (Charity No: 1120499).

We offer residential visits for up to 64 young people and 8 leaders, camping visits, full day and half day visits to all groups from all backgrounds. Our Instructors are experienced in instructing activities groups of young people with special educational needs and disabilities ensuring that our facilities are open to everyone to experience and enjoy.

Woodland Adventure’s staff team are experienced, fully qualified, first aid trained and hold an enhanced DBS. Their training is regularly updated and assessments are carried out on a regular basis both in house and by independent technical advisors and assessors.

At woodlands adventure every member of our team loves the outdoors and takes pride in making every young person’s experience the best it can be, encouraging resilience, team bonding, overcoming challenges, confidence and personal development ensuring they have a positive learning experience as well as having fun.

Residential stays:
Self-catering, fully equipped kitchen, main hall equipped with a projector and games for the evening. Young people’s shower and toilet blocks, leaders shower and toilet, wet room facilities for groups with disabilities and a laundry equipped with washing machine, dryer and a washing line, located outside the building.

Dormitories, 32 beds in each side, accommodating a total of 64 young people, first aid room with 2 beds and 4 rooms with twin beds accommodating 8 leaders.

Bottom fitted sheets are provided on arrival by our hygiene operatives who come in 3 times per week to ensure everything is clean prior to your arrival and after your departure for the next group.

Evenings: Sports hall, camp fire, BBQ area, picnic area, woodlands walk, night line, mushroom trail or just relax or do one of your own activities.

Overnight, arrive 9am to depart 11.30 the next day, choosing 4 fully instructed activities.

Half weeks Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday, arrive at 1pm to depart for 11.30, choose 6 fully instructed activities.

Full Weeks Monday to Friday, arrive at 1pm to depart at 11.30, choosing 12 activities
Weekends Friday to Sunday, arrive at 1pm to depart at 5pm, choosing 6 activities

Prices: 
Overnight £50.00 pp (May, June & July £55.00 pp)
Half week or weekend £75.00 pp (May, June & July £80.00 pp)
Full Week £130.00 pp (May, June & July £135.00 pp)

Camping:
We have a dedicated camping field, equipped with picnic benches under a stretch tent, a brand new toilet and showering facility and hopefully a cabin which will be available for the 2018 season, subject to fundraising and planning permission, to contain a fridge freezer, microwave and kettle. (Please check in 2018 to see if this building is ready).

No electric, please supply your own tents and camping equipment.

Options to suit all budgets:
£5.75 per person per night plus your choice of activity package, all of which are fully instructed by our team. (Minimum number of guests 10).
2 Activities: £20.00 per person
4 Activities: £25.50 per person (May, June & July £26.50 pp)
6 Activities (Weekends or half weeks): £45.50 per person (May, June & July £46.50 pp)

Half Day Visits:
2 fully instructed activities of your choice. 10am start until 12.30 or 2pm start until 4.30pm. £20.00 per person for a minimum group of 12 people.

Full Day Visits:
4 fully instructed activities of your choice, starting at 10am until 4.30pm with one hour lunch break. This time can be adjusted by reducing the lunch to half an hour if you need to be on the coach earlier. £25.50 pp (May, June & July 26.50pp).

All prices correct as at 7th September 2017. These prices are subject to change, please check prior to booking by emailing action@woodlandsadventure.co.uk or telephone 0121 353 7329.

Activities:
Assault Course (with or without mud run), Zip line, Archery, Canoeing, Kayaking, Raft Building, Vines & Bridges, Climbing, Abseiling, Tomahawk Throwing, Urban Golf, Circus Skills, Nature Days, Mini Beasts, Pond Dipping, Bush Craft, Shelter Building, Team Building, geocaching & orienteering.

Aged 10 and above: (High Ropes classed as 2 activities 2.5 hours in duration)

All of our visits can be tailor made to specifically cover any topic, theme or curriculum specification.

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities:
Our activities are available for everyone encouraging children with physical disabilities, special educational needs and or complex needs to join in and get the most out of every activity. Disability hoists are available for children with physical disabilities allowing them to enjoy the same experiences as some more abled children and we have very experienced staff team.

Safety and Security:
Every activity that we offer at Woodlands Adventure are fully instructed by qualified experienced activity instructors and they all based on our 36 acre site. Safety equipment is provided and fitted by the instructional staff. Daily inspections of the activities and equipment are carried in house and by independent technical advisors in accordance with H & S and governing body regulations.

Duty Instructors reside on site at all times for emergencies during all residential and canvas visits.

A CCTV system operates 24 hours covering the entrance, reception and rear car park.

Our team members hold an enhanced DBS, first aid qualification and a child protection qualification.

Risk assessments are provided for the buildings, site and activities with every booking along with a copy of our public liability insurance. We also welcome pre-visits for leaders to carry out their own risk assessments and discuss their visits in detail.

Further information can be found on our website, including kit lists & downloadable documents. www.woodlandsadventure.co.uk

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www.facebook.com/WoodlandsAdventure

https://twitter.com/Woodlands_BBGU

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Woodlands Adventure & Outdoor Learning is located in the West Midlands, 20 minutes from Birmingham on the outskirts of Walsall. We benefit from having 36 acres of natural woodlands and we offer fantastic facilities and activities to everyone.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
LOtC Quality Badge
NICAS
BAYC Affiliation
British Canoe Union Approved Centre
Adventuremark
Association of Mountaineering Instructors

What does a typical educational visit include?
We tailor make every visit to suit your groups particular needs or requirements. The activities are not set packages and every activity is chosen by the organiser making the booking.

Curriculum topics catered for but not limited to, include:

PE, Science, Geography, leisure & tourism, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, History, PSHE, STEM.

Outdoor Education, Nature & Wildlife, Water Sports, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Residential School Trips, Camping, Climbing, Outdoor Pursuits, Adventure, Challenge, Resilience. Confidence & Team building.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Day Visits 12 to 120
Residential 24 to 64 + 8 leaders
Canvas 10 to 120

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We can provide worksheets on request.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
As long as the teachers and leaders have no objections, photographs may be taken of their own group during their visit.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We provide risk assessments and a copy of our public liability insurance with every booking. Further information can be found on our website which also has lots of downloadable documents for printing off.

Please email action@woodlandsadventure.co.uk to check availability or call 0121 353 7329 (Monday to Friday between 9 am and 10 am).

We can hold a date for 7 days on reserve.

To book, we would require you to complete a booking form which can be downloaded from our website: www.woodlandsadventure.co.uk Go to the menu tab, choose the tab for downloads, the booking form is listed in the yellow box on the right hand side of the page. Print it, scan it and email it to the email address above. We will then email you a deposit invoice for 50% or a full balance invoice if the booking is made 7 weeks or less from the visit date, accompanied with risk assessments and a copy of our public liability insurance.

What is the cost of the visit?
Costs are listed as above. Teachers and leaders ratio for free places (up to a maximum of 8 in residential) are:

1 per 10 children
1 First Aider
1 Cook
1 Cleaner

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

Day visitors:
Sunscreen and any medication required.
Hat, Hoody, water proof jacket
Food and soft drinks
Towels and toiletries
Spare set of clothing and footwear, including underwear for return journey
Bag to put dirty or wet clothes in as they may get wet or muddy.

On the day wear loose jogging bottoms, not jeans as they are restrictive
T shirt and hoody
Old trainers

Loose long hair requires tying up so that it does not get caught in ropes or harnesses etc.

Please note if clothes get muddy they may not wash clean afterwards so please do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.

Please dress for the weather.

This list is not exhaustive.

Residential and canvas visits:
Please see downloadable information on our website for more information.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Our staff team are first aid trained, have radios with them on the activities, access to a telephone in the case of an ambulance being required and there are many first aid kit stations around our 36 acres site. Every activity station has quick access to medical supplies.

For residential and camping visits, we do suggest that they bring a first aid trained leader and a first aid kit with them for use during their stay.

We always have a Duty Instructor on site at all times during residential and camping visits for added piece of mind.

Please list facilities available.
Picnic areas
BBQ area (please bring a disposable BBQ for this)
Shop for souvenirs from £1 to £3.50
Sweet and Pringle tub machines £1 a pot

What are your disabled facilities?
Woodlands Adventure & Outdoor Learning is equipped with several disabled wet rooms with easy wheel chair access.

Our activities are available for everyone encouraging children with physical disabilities, special educational needs and or complex needs to join in and get the most out of every activity. Disability hoists are available for children with physical disabilities allowing them to enjoy the same experiences as some more abled children and we have very experienced staff team.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open every day of the year for activities, residential and camping stays.

Office: Monday to Friday 09.00 to 17.00 hours.

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

www.facebook.com/WoodlandsAdventure

https://twitter.com/Woodlands_BBGU

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g787298-d6767172-r517446174-Woodlands_Adventure_and_Outdoor_Learning-Aldridge_Walsall_West_Midlands_England.html#REVIEWS

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

Special Offer:

Bookings for visits made for 2018 received by the 31st October 2017:

All booking forms received by this date are guaranteed 2017 prices for the number of places booked on the booking form, please note additional places booked in on that visit after this date, will be charged at 2018 prices.

A 50% deposit is required to secure the dates, the balance for the visit will be required to be paid in full 4 weeks before your arrival date.

2019 Bookings are also being taken now for all visits.

For further information about special offers at Woodlands Adventure, please like our Facebook page, all offers are updated on a weekly basis.

 


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

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Bird of Prey Centre Climbing Duke of Edinburgh Award High Ropes Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Residential School Trips SEN Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship PE PSHE

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


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