Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Cannock Wood, Rugeley, Staffordshire WS15 4JJ

Contact: 01543 682278



Our flexible booking system means that groups are free to create their own programme depending on their specific requirements. Groups can come for the day or stay onsite as residential visitors, and add activities as required. We have a number of activities available, varying from instructor led high adrenaline activities to group led activities, including trails and orienteering.

We have toilet blocks with separate facilities for adults, and free hot showers. All our accommodation buildings include a kitchen/dining area suitable for catering for the capacity of the building.

There is an onsite shop selling sweets, drinks and souvenirs.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

At Beaudesert Park, we have been welcoming groups since 1938. Beaudesert attracts groups from all over the UK and beyond. Over 45000 activity days are regularly delivered each year.

There is plenty of week-day capacity for young people from schools or colleges to enjoy the secluded and self-contained site.

Within the parkland there are habitats of particular interest, conservation and environmental study opportunities and the pond and cascades are suitable for dipping and such activities.

A wide variety of activities are available on site, both instructed and self-led, including low ropes, Jacobs ladder, double crate stacking, indoor and outdoor rifle shooting, climbing wall, via ferrata, traverse wall, zip wire, initiative exercises, assault course, abseiling, archery,  and indoor crafts.

In addition, we have a pond onsite which is used for coracles and raft building.  

The site is ideally situated for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

We have a large variety of activities available. Groups are not restricted to set timetables, and are free to create their own programme.

Beaudesert can be very busy during the summer weekends, particularly during the school holidays, but term time, midweek availability is good and Beaudesert has a great capacity to provide for a number of groups whilst maintaining seclusion.

The staff are both experienced and capable, and are used to meeting the needs of site users, regardless of age.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

The site is registered with AALA – registration number R1579.


What size groups do they cater for?

From a mini-bus to a coach or a whole year group, the site can cope with up to 1500 young people at any one time. Accommodation blocks vary in size from 2 to 24 beds and can accommodate up to 124 in total. Typically, group sizes are classes or study groups.


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Beaudesert is working to develop curriculum based project and teachers packs, and has risk assessments for all activities to support visiting groups. Teachers, lecturers and group leaders are encouraged to come to the site for a preview visit. Please contact the office to discuss your needs in advance.


Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Please call to discuss your requirements

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Teachers and group leaders are encouraged to visit the site prior to their visit to carry out their own risk assessments. A generic risk assessment for the site and specific risk assessments for all the activities are available to download from the website or by contacting the office.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Our dedicated staff are able to confidently help you to organize your visit to suit the requirements of the group.


What does it cost?

Charges are based on facilities used and are generally based on a daily rate. Schools and groups are not limited to package prices and are free to create their own programme to suit their own budget.


Is specific clothing required?

Technical clothing is not normally required and our staff can advise once you have selected activities for your group. Sensible shoes are required for taking part in activities.


Do you have first aid on site?

The adventurous activities at Beaudesert are licenced by AALA and instructors are qualified to deliver our full range of activities. There is a rescuer on site whilst activities are taking place and the staff are trained in first aid.


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

There is a varied combination of indoor accommodation available for groups, with a combined capacity of 124 beds, and camping facilities for up to 1500 people. All groups should arrange their own catering. Project rooms, containing kitchen facilities, are available, as a base or for more structured activity. We have a tepee village for those who wish to camp without bringing their own equipment. Two large, open sided classrooms are available to hire at reasonable rates.

Are there disabled facilities?

Most of the accommodation buildings are accessible for wheelchair users, and two of these have disabled toilet facilities. We have a further two disabled toilet facilities on site. Beaudesert aims to cater for all members of the community and is working to develop new activities for all. However, some of the areas on site are rough forest and some activities by their nature are challenging for all..


What are your opening days and hours?

The reception at Beaudesert is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm, every day, with extended hours on Friday. Whilst it is advisable to take account of the seasons and daylight hours, Beaudesert can offer a welcome at times to suit most groups, by arrangement.


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

Beaudesert itself is steeped in history and set in a stunning area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our staff are able to help you to create a programme to suit your needs and your budget. We strongly encourage all groups to visit in advance to discuss your needs.

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

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Climbing Crafts Duke of Edinburgh Award High Ropes Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Residential School Trips Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism PE

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