Barnstondale Outdoor Education Centre North West

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North West

Storeton Lane, Barnston, CH61 1BX

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5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Barnstondale activity centre provides Schools & educational groups with excellent high quality day activities including archery, target rifles, team building, sports, kayaking, forest skills, wild wood challenges, climbing and abseiling. Tailor your Trip

Listed under: Art and Design | Environment Centres | Field Studies | Indoor Activity & Soft Play Centres | Outdoor Education | Outdoor Pursuits | Paintball & Laser Tag Centres | Picnic Areas | Special Educational Needs (SEN) | Team Building | Water Sports | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Climbing Centres | Duke of Edinburgh Award | Crafts | Climbing, High Ropes & Zipwires | Citizenship | Drama / Performing Arts | Environmental Studies | Geography | Music | PE (Physical Education/Sport) | PSHE | Science | Day Trip Destinations | Accommodation & Residential | Adventure Playgrounds | Bushcraft | Residential School Trips

What we offer

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

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. Most of our activities 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.

On-site you will also find an indoor games areas, sports hall, MUGA pitch, 12 acres of woodland, adventure paly area and sensory trail.

What makes us a great choice?

Set in 15 acres, 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

Accreditation and Awards

We hold both an AALA license and LOtC Quality Badge.

Group Sizes Catered For

Group sizes range from 5 to 150.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We provide orienteering maps and quizzes for our sensory trail.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Children and leaders are welcome to take photos and videos.

Risk Assessment Details

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.

Pricing Information

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.

Clothing Requirements

Comfortable clothing, sensible footwear that you don?t mind getting dirty are recommended.

First Aid Information

We have first aiders on site and are 10 minutes from the nearest hospital.

Available Facilities

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

Accessibility & 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.

Opening Hours & Information

We are open 7 days per week, all year round (excluding Christmas).


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.

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