Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Storeton Lane, Barnston, Wirral CH61 1BX

Contact: 0151 648 1412



Barnstondale provides residential stays in log cabins and / or a full range of day activities to groups of young people.

On-site you will also find an indoor games areas, sports hall, MUGA pitch, 12 acres of woodland, adventure paly area and sensory trail.Our friendly and fully trained instructors ensure that groups of all ages can develop team skills, at the same time improving their motivation and self-esteem.

Activities include climbing, abseiling, kayaking, team building, archery, target rifles and bush craft skills. Everything except kayaks can be done on-site.

Alternatively you might want to do your own thing – visit local attractions, rehearse for a play or even do revision!
You will have sole occupancy of a beautiful log cabin. These have en-suite shower rooms, a communal meeting area and kitchenette. Meals are served in our dining room.

We also have specific accommodation to meet the needs of our disabled guests, meaning that everyone can come and feel fully included.
We are pleased to work with groups to develop a programme to meet your specific needs.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
• Set in 15 acres of woodland, right in the heart of the Wirral countryside – the perfect place to be at one with nature
• Exclusive use of log cabins with en-suite facilities and large meeting room
• Great range of activities to support the development of young people
• Only a short drive from Chester and Liverpool if you want to further enhance your stay
• Close to a number of beaches
• Outstanding facilities for people with additional needs including a purpose built cabin and jeep and trailer to allow wheelchair access to our woodland dale.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?
We tailor packages to meet the groups’ needs and the activities to suit the age group. A typical stay would be a 2 or 3 night stay with activities on 2 days. Typical activities include target rifles, archery, bush craft, kayaking, climbing & abseiling. A campfire and BBQ can be arranged. Groups can also make use of our Multi use games area (MUGA), events field, 12 acres of woodland and sports hall. Groups can also visit the many attractions in Liverpool & Chester both of which are within a 20 minute drive.

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This venue has the following accreditation:
We hold both an AALA license and LOtC Quality Badge.

What size groups do they cater for?
Group sizes range from 5 to 150.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?
We provide orienteering maps and quizzes for our sensory trail.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?
Children and leaders are welcome to take photos and videos.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?
We have risk assessments for the activities on our website but we recommend that you do your own risk assessments of the site as you know the needs of your group.

What does it cost?
(2017 prices)
A typical stay (Monday – Wednesday) for log cabin accommodation with bedding and meals is £79.60 + VAT p.p.
On-site activities with trained instructors are £24 + VAT p.p. per day
Prices may vary depending on your specific requirements – please contact us for a detailed quote.

Is specific clothing required?
Comfortable clothing, sensible footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty are recommended.

Do you have first aid on site?
We have first aiders on site and are 10 minutes from the nearest hospital.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?
Facilities available –include ‘a wide range of on-site and off-site activities’
• Cabins include a large private room for groups sessions and a kitchenette
• Dining Room
• Indoor games area – table tennis, pool
• Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)
• 12 Acres of woodland
• Tuck Shop
• Craft Area
• Conference room with stage
• Picnic areas
• Adventure playground
• Events field

Are there disabled facilities?
We have one log cabin designed and built to support visitors with disabilities. This includes ceiling hoists, mobile hoists, changing tables, soft play, and sensory room. The main areas are fully accessible to wheelchairs. We recognize that the woods can be tricky and therefore have a purpose built jeep and trailer to ensure wheelchair users and those with mobility issues don’t miss out.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open 7 days per week, all year round (excluding Christmas).

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?
“The children (and staff) have had a fantastic and tiring time! 70 pupils from the Year Group were able to take part and I was delighted that young Jordan, who needs to use his wheelchair, was so well catered for. The centre is so accessible meaning that he could do for himself the little things that we may take for granted, such as transporting himself to and from the dining hall, but he was also able to do almost every activity. He loved it!” – Andy Davies Somerville Primary.

“We bring our year 11’s for revision and some activities. We love the space and the mix of instructor led activities and doing our own thing. It’s great value for money and I wouldn’t go anywhere else” – Joe Kenyon, Rainford High School.

“The children (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed themselves thanks to the efforts of yourselves and your staff. The activities, accommodation and food were great. The children haven’t stopped talking about it.” – Tony Buckley, St Ambrose Catholic Primary School.

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

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Bushcraft Climbing Crafts Duke of Edinburgh Award Environment Centres Field Studies Indoor Activity & Soft Play Centres Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Paintball & Laser Tag Picnic Areas Residential School Trips SEN Sports Team Building Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship Drama Environmental Studies Geography Music PE PSHE Science

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