Accommodation YHA East of England
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What we offer
YHA School Trips offer a diverse range of great value, educational residentials that aim to inspire, motivate and challenge.
Our flexible approach to tailoring residentials sets us apart from many residential providers. Whether you want to enjoy a residential where all of the activities and meals are organised for you, a base for your own self-led adventures, or a combination of both, we’ll create a bespoke residential that will meet your learning objectives and budget.
A selection of hostels are listed below, but to find out more visit https://groups.yha.org.uk
YHA Blaxhall, The Old School House, Blaxhall, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2EA: https://groups.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-blaxhall
YHA Cambridge, 97 Tenison Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 2DN:
YHA Sheringham, 1 Cremer’s Drift, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8HX:
What makes us a great choice?
For over 87 years YHA has existed to create unique opportunities for young people to discover new places, enjoy fresh challenges and broaden their horizons through thrilling activities and transformational educational experiences in the great outdoors.
Instead of climbing an indoor wall, your pupils could be scrambling up a rock face, abseiling down a viaduct or canoeing on a real river. Add to that options including searching for life on the seashore, taking part in mediaeval banquets, or learning the art of teamwork, and you’ve got the makings of a truly unforgettable school trip.
• Over 70 LOtC accredited sites and counting
• A wide range of properties, varying in size from 10s to 100s of beds in inspiring locations throughout England and Wales
• Sole use is available if you want the hostel to yourselves
• Free places are available for young people who qualify through our Breaks programmes
• Free planning visits
• Free teacher places
Still not sure? We run a series of familiarisation events throughout the year that will be perfect for you! Join us as we invite teachers/group leaders and their families to get first-hand experience of YHA, try the activities available, and stay overnight. It’s the ideal way to find out more about YHA School Trips.
Group Sizes Catered For
Our hostels range in size. The smallest in the network have approximately 20 beds and the largest well over 100. Social spaces are generous and many offer grounds that you are free to explore. Groups staying with us will always be given dedicated rooms with private leader rooms. Hostel bedrooms vary in size and are furnished with single and bunk beds. En-suite rooms are available in most hostels.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Feeling the pressure of having to organize every little detail? Take a step back, relax and let us do the hard work for you. Our staff can support you with everything you need to make your residential a success, from meals and daytime activities, to bolt-on options and hot chocolate before bedtime.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Photography, video and audio recording at hostels is not subject to copyright restrictions although we ask that permission be sought from those being photographed or recorded.
Risk Assessment Details
Whether you’ve stayed with us before or are new to YHA, we encourage you to make a preview visit to your chosen hostel so that you can be reassured that everything is in place for a successful residential. Your visit will provide the perfect opportunity for you to talk to YHA staff, gain assistance with completing essential paperwork and get first-hand experience of the activities available. If you have a distance to travel, or you just want longer to explore the surrounding area, we are happy to offer you free overnight accommodation. You can book your free planning visit once you have confirmed your booking with us.
• YHA packages start from only £38pppn (excl VAT) and include accommodation, meals and activities.
• Self-led stays and exclusive hire options vary depending upon your chosen hostel and the size of your group.
• We also offer a range of bolt-on activities that can easily be added on to your stay to fill free time. Bolt-on’s start from only £8 per person.
• We offer one free group leader place for every ten students booked on a YHA School Trips package.
• Free places are available to the young people who really need them most through our Breaks programme.
• For up-to-date bed and board prices contact our friendly team of Group Advisors on 0800 0195 465.
• Reduce the cost of your trip with a free group membership, available to educational and young person’s groups. To find out if you qualify call us on 0800 0191 700.
First Aid Information
All of our sites have first aid kits, but if you are taking a group out on a non-YHA led excursion we recommend that you bring additional supplies.
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors is our priority. We log incidents electronically to ensure that they are dealt with effectively and to prevent future accidents. If an accident does occur during your stay, it is important that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can respond effectively.
Hostel facilities typically include:
Generous social spaces, meals available, dining room, grounds/gardens, classroom with conference facilities, cycle store, drying room, games room, coach parking, TV room, and free Wi-Fi in communal areas.
Are meals available?
From a hearty breakfast in the morning through to a delicious evening meal, with a packed lunch provided in-between, you can be assured that when your groups eats with YHA they will always receive great quality, nutritious meals that provide exceptional value. Our group-friendly menus offer plenty of variety and with prior notice we will happily cater for any special dietary requests, including the use of Halal meat.
To ensure that you make the most of your activities, and to keep tummies from rumbling, we will be as flexible as possible with meal times to fit in with your itinerary.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Inclusivity is at the heart of our values and we pride ourselves on being open for all. We have an incredibly diverse network of hostels, from rural castles and listed buildings, to inner city, purpose-built hostels. The variety is part of what makes us stand out from the crowd, but it does give us a challenge in terms of accessibility. A list of hostels with adaptations can be found here: http://www.yha.org.uk/staying-yha/accessibility, but if you have specific needs we recommend that you contact us on 0800 0195 465 to discuss your requirements. We are here to help.
Go east for stunning scenery, an abundance of wildlife and a whole lot of history. The YHAs in the East of England have so much to offer: take a school trip to Blaxhall and enjoy this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its bird reserves and salt marshes. If you want to learn about the Anglo-Saxons there’s probably no better place to visit than nearby Sutton Hoo. Come to YHA Cambridge, conveniently located close to the historic centre of this famous university city. Geographers, biologists and marine wildlife enthusiasts will find so much to study at Sheringham on the north Norfolk Coast. It’s the ideal base for groups wanting to have a memorable stay beside the seaside.